Language can be quirky, change one vowel and you go from Affluence to Effluence. Cuban naming traditions are also quirky, change one vowel or consonant and you go from a power hitting third baseman to a rangy outfielder. Such is the case with Adonis Garcia (Atlanta Braves) and his brother Adolis Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals) or Yulieski Gurriel (Houston Astros) and his brother Yuniesky Gurriel (Free Agent) or Yoenis Cespedes (New York Mets) and his half brother Yoelkis Cespedes (Granma, Cuba), you get the point.
Two Cuban baseball players on Tuesday told a US federal jury that they paid tens of thousands of US dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate.
The players, Jorge Padron and Reinier Roibal, described how they were spirited off the communist-run island on speedboats bound for Cancun, Mexico, where they trained while awaiting documents necessary to go to the US to sign lucrative free-agent contracts.
Yulieski Gourriel, the star Cuban infielder from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, has taken his second step towards achieving the dream of playing in the Majors, obtaining his free agency Monday that makes him eligible to sign with any MLB team. We could be seeing his debut as early as July or August this year.
Gourriel (who turned 32 on June 9) will be presented to scouts of the 30 MLB teams to show his talent in the famous “showcase” which presupposes he is ready to play at this highest level of baseball.
José Adolis García has joined the minor league team of the Yomiuri Giants.
He is the younger brother of Braves third baseman Adonis García, who was recently demoted to the minor leagues. The Cuban Nacional Series contracted out the services of García to the Giants.
The Giants have to hope García does better than the last hitter they contracted out Frederich Cepeda, who struggled to hit Japanese pitching.
The one bright spot is García is younger than Cepeda at 23 years of age, so there is a lot of future in his game.
Este viernes saldrá a la venta, de manera general, el nuevo libro del autor norteamericano Peter C. Bjarkman, Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story.
El libro, como todas las obras de Bjarkman que implican el tema del béisbol cubano, constituye un material inédito y veraz de una recopilación de acontecimientos descritos de la forma que solo el autor sabe hacer, para dejar claro muchos puntos de una de las más tristes historias del fenómeno de la inmigración de peloteros cubanos en la última década.
Some would say if you go in a certain direction and all you find is failure it may be wise to move in another direction to determine if the path is any better. The Dodgers road to Cuba has not been met with a lot of success, unless one defines the early production and controversy of Yasiel Puig a success. The map the Dodgers used to get them to Cuba was necessitated by the previous owner, who wrecked the Dodgers minor league system by using the major league franchise to enrich his own pockets to the detriment of the Dodgers.
A pair of first basemen, the Seibu Lions’ Ernesto Mejia and the Chunichi Dragons’ Dayan Viciedo, grabbed the first monthly honors of the Nippon Professional Baseball season on Tuesday.
On the pitchers’ side, Pacific League honors went to the Chiba Lotte Marines’ Hideaki Wakui and the Central League award was issued to the Yomiuri Giants’ Tomoyuki Sugano.
NPB Pitcher of the Month awards generally go to the starting pitcher with the most wins, while the Player of the Month awards ignore defensive contributions.
In a country obsessed with baseball, it’s a deal that’s got everyone talking.
The Kitchener Panthers have signed star Cuban catcher Frank Camilo Morejon to play for the 2016 season, completing a trifecta they hope can win them their first Intercounty Baseball League championship in 15 years.
Morejon, 30, will join pitchers Noelvis Entenza and Ian Rendon as the first Cubans to play in the Intercounty Baseball League with the permission of their government.
Myworld thought about breaking out the top 10 Cuban prospects in the American League and the National League. As we were breaking out the list the American League seemed a bit short forcing me to put players like Dariel Alvarez on the list. This would also leave out a number of unsigned players, many of whom are waiting for the July 2 date to sign with teams. So we thought we would just put together the top 20 of players from the American and National Leagues, and those who are waiting to sign that have left Cuba in pursuit of the lottery ticket they call major league baseball.
Two months after squaring up during the Premier12 in Taichung, the Netherlands and Cuba will face each other in a friendly match at Estadio Latinoamericano in Cuba’s capital Havana.
The exhibition game will be played on January 11 at 5.30pm local time, and is part of a Dutch social trade mission to the Caribbean country.
Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development leads a delegation of 127 persons to Cuba.
It is going to be the first time that a Dutch team is playing in Cuba since 2003.
Now that 2015 is over, it is a good time to have a quick look at what happened with Cuban baseball players over the last 12 months in different leagues in the world, including the Caribbean Series and the MLB.
The visit of MLB representatives to Cuba in December was a major turning point, which could help improve relations between the two countries in this field.
These are, in my opinion, some of the events and facts worth noting.
Cuba survived a ninth-inning meltdown to defeat Puerto Rico 8-7 in ten innings on Thursday at the Premier12 in Taiwan. P.R. erased a 2-7 deficit in the top of the ninth to force extra innings in this first-round matchup in Pool A at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung. Cuba improved to 2-1, while Puerto Rico dropped to 1-2.
Cuba rallied from a 1-4 deficit to defeat the Netherlands 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon at Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung. It was the first win for Cuba and the first loss for the Dutch team in first-round play at the Premier12. Yulieski Gourriel scored the game-winner in the eighth.
South Korea blanked Cuba 6-0 in the first official baseball game at a brand new dome in the nation’s capital on Wednesday.
The host tagged on three runs in the bottom first and never looked back, cruising to a breezy victory at Gocheok Sky Dome in western Seoul.
It was the first of two games between the countries. The second game will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the same venue. Both teams are preparing for the inaugural Premier 12 tournament, which begins Sunday with a game between South Korea and Japan at Sapporo Dome.
WASHINGTON — Getting from Cuba to the big leagues has never just been about 450-foot home runs and 100-mile-an-hour fastballs.
When the Mets’ slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes decided in 2011 that he wanted to leave his country to play baseball in the United States, he did what dozens of Cuban baseball players have done since the Castro government came to power more than 50 years ago.
The beginning of the 2015 MLB postseason has brought a lot of thrills for Cubans from the bats of Kendrys Morales (Kansas City), Yoennis Cespedes (NY Mets) and Jorge Soler of the Chicago Cubs, the subject of this article.
The Cubs outfielder has managed to do what no other Cuban has done in major league history in his first three playoff games as a rookie, batting 1.000 with nine consecutive at-bats without recording an out.