Extortionist who threatened Rangers' Leonys Martin gets over 14 years in prison

Leonys Martín

The convicted ringleader of a smuggling organization that brought more than 1,000 Cubans into the U.S., some of them baseball players including Texas Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin, was sentenced Monday to more than 14 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard rejected a request for leniency by Eliezer Lazo, whom she noted was paid $22,000 a month through the scheme — not counting the percentages of any professional baseball contracts the players signed. Prosecutors say Martin paid the Lazo group $1.2 million after signing with the Rangers in 2011.

Cuba Announces Baseball Team for 2014 C.A. & Caribbean Games

Cuba

The Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Wednesday its team of 24 players for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games to be held from Nov. 14-30 in Veracruz, Mexico.

There were some notorious absences from the squad of several players with good stats in the current Cuban baseball season.  These include Pinar del Rio shortstop Luis A. Valdes, Guantanamo outfielder Giorvis Duvergel, and pitchers Carlos Juan Viera (Las Tunas) and Jose Angel Garcia (Artemisa).

Cuba’s Roberto Baldoquin gets $8 Million to Join the L.A. Angels

Roberto Baldoquín

Roberto Sullivan Baldoquin, a 20-year-old infielder who played for Cuba’s Las Tunas team for three seasons, has been rewarded for his efforts after leaving the country of his birth, signing an 8-million-dollar contract with the Los Angeles Angels this Tuesday.

According to statements made by the player from the Dominican Republic, he must still undergo a routine physical examination to finalize the contract.

Tigers keep rolling in first place of the Cuban season

Yander Guevara

From a solid start by Yander Guevara to clutch relief outing by Yunier Cano (3-0) to big at bats from Jorge Alfonso, other players also contributed to the 3-2 Tigers win in 10 innings over Matanzas on Tuesday afternoon, giving Ciego de Avila its first series win over the Cocodriles in the 54 National Series.

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Lions shut out by Cubs as Holguín completes sweep

Yusmel Velázquez shut down the Lions

Thursday may have been the worst day for the Industriales Lions this season.

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The Cubs completed a sweep of the Lions with a 1-0 win on Thursday night, sweeping the 12 time champions for the first time this season.

The game was all about pitching, Yusmel Velázquez (1-1) struck out four in eight and two-thirds scoreless innings, while closer Yuniel García (1) struck out Josuan Hernández in the ninth, saving his first game.

Cubs again get stellar pitching in 1-0 win

Yordan Manduley

Starting pitching was expected to dominate this week at Calixto García Stadium by at least one team.

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That team was the Holguín Cubs, whose rotation dominated the first two games of the series against the Lions, despite having a slow start of the season.

Reviewing José Abreu’s Record-Book Rookie Big League Season

José D. Abreu

An apparent shoo-in to walk off with 2014 American League Rookie of the Year honors, José Dariel Abreu has now completed a summer-long debut performance in Chicago that surprised even the most ardent advocates who had watched him tear up Cuban League pitching for much of the past half-dozen winter seasons. Abreu hardly flashed on to the big league scene as a lightning bolt shot out of nowhere; he was hardly an “unknown quantity” for those who had followed the Cuban domestic national pastime across recent winter seasons.

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