Cuban League Update

Myworld has been remiss in our reporting of the Cuban Nacional Series. They have already completed the first half of the season and are now in the round robin portion. With the many defections the power structure of the league has changed. Myworld was not able to get numbers on relievers because many of the websites we normally relied on for stats either have an innings limit for their pitchers or their stats are incomplete or only provide second half numbers. So we did the best with what we could piece together. Below are the standings of the league to date:

Cuban Julio Pablo Martinez Defects

21 year old Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez left Cuba in search of a major league contract. He will be one of the first Cuban stars subject to the new international rules. He would be eligible to sign this period once he finds a foreign country to list as his place of residence and is approved. Or he could wait until the next July 2 signing period when teams have more money at their disposal.

Japan Still Number One in Baseball Despite United States Dominance

The United States has finished higher than Japan in most of the tournaments the two play in. The main reason Japan is rated higher is they have played in more tournament, two November World Cup age tournaments that the United States chose not to participate in. The voting system tends to favor quantity of tournaments played rather than quality.

Below are the top ten countries in baseball. You can see the complete list at WBSC.org. 

1) Japan - 5598

 2) United States - 5414

 3) Korea - 4908

 4) Taiwan - 3747

Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafael 'Felo' Ramirez dies at 94

Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, the signature voice for millions of Spanish-speaking sports fans over three decades, died Monday at age 94, the Miami Marlins announced.

"The entire Marlins organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall-of-Fame broadcaster and community icon, Felo Ramirez," the Marlins said in the statement. "Since our inaugural season, he brought home practically every magical moment in franchise history to generations of fans. A true broadcast legend ... his extensive contributions to our game will never be forgotten."

57 NS: In Opening Day Villa Clara beat Granma 2-0. Opening Day Results

Norel González went 4-for-5 against Granma.

After a long recess Cuban Baseball’s 2017 regular season has finally arrived, with the Opening Day celebrated last Saturday.

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The season officially began on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when the Granma Horses starter César García delivered the first pitch to the Villa Clara Leopards. The Leopards started one of their aces, RHP Alaín Sánchez, but needed extra innings to beat the defending champions, 2-0. It was the first extra innings game in Opening Day since the 2012-13 (52 NS) season.

MLB: White Sox give Yoan Moncada his turn

The White Sox are finally putting a dent in their suddenly vaunted farm system.

With the Todd Frazier trade opening up an everyday spot in the field, Yoan Moncada is coming to play every day.

“We're not bringing him here to sit,” Hahn said when he made the announcement Tuesday night. “We are bringing him here to continue the development that needs to take place in Chicago. He still has some work to do. He’s obviously still very young. But we feel that he’s ready for that next challenge that comes at the big league level.”

NPB: Despaigne blasts PL to 2nd straight victory

Alfredo Despaigne returned to his old stomping grounds and mashed, hitting a game-tying homer as the Pacific League came from behind to beat the Central League 3-1 on Saturday and sweep this year's two-game All-Star series.

After both starting pitchers matched zeroes for two innings, light-hitting Yomiuri Giants catcher Seiji Kobayashi opened the scoring in the third with a solo homer off Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko.

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