Cuba’s Top Star Cepeda Shuns MLB for Japanese League Sojourn

Frederich Cepeda

In easily the most significant revelation yet spawned by the recently revised policy regarding Cuban ballplayer exchanges, the Cuban Baseball Federation revealed this past weekend that long-time national team star Frederich Cepeda will be performing this summer with the famed Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese Central League. Cepeda is now the second (Alfredo Despaigne returned to the Campeche Pirates of the Mexican League only last week) of what will likely be a handful of top Cuban stars heading overseas in the next month or two to serve with ball clubs in the Mexican and Japanese Leagues.