Most of the top Cuban players are in the major leagues or waiting to become declared a free agent. Those remaining in Cuba are either on the down side of their career or are still trying to prove themselves. Myworld has not followed the Cuban League and was shocked that they are already in their 40 plus games when we thought we would check in.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today revealed the updated 2016 standings in the Official WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which weigh a country’s entire National Team programme (from U-12 to Professional) in international competition.
The Top 10 sees five position changes with the most recent world rankings update, while 59 of the 71 ranked nations either moved up or down the ladder. Four continents (Asia, Europe, North- and South America) are represented within the Top 10, and five (Oceania) within the Top 20.
The popular national sport of baseball maintained and even tightened its hold on the island nation of Cuba in the aftermath of the 1959 socialist revolution. In fact the national game actually expanded in popularity and elevated in talent level during several decades immediately after Fidel Castro’s midcentury rise to power.
A pinch-hit home run by Keston Hiura (UC Irvine) proved to be the difference in a hard-fought five-game series as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team won the rubber game over Cuba, 2-1, on Wednesday at Capitan San Luis Stadium.
The series win is the first in program history for Team USA in Cuba as the third time proved to be the charm. The U.S. previously lost series in 2012 (2-3) and 2014 (0-5) before today's victory.
A three-run double by TJ Friedl (Nevada) was the highlight of a four-run sixth inning for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Tuesday as it claimed a 4-1 triumph over Cuba at Capitan San Luis Stadium.
The victory evens the series against Cuba at two games each, setting up a rubber game at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday in Pinar del Rio.
Five unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the undoing of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team on Monday as it dropped a 5-1 decision to Cuba at historic Latinoamericano Stadium.
Team USA now trails its series against Cuba two games to one with the five-game set getting ready to head to Capitan San Luis Stadium in Pinar del Rio for the final two contest.