Cuban baseball

2015 Seoul Super Series: S. Korea blanks Cuba 6-0

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.

U.S. and Cuba in Trade Talks, for Ballplayers to Be Named Later

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.

MLB: Jorge Soler’s Sensational MLB Postseason Debut for the Cubs

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.

MLB: Eight Cubans in the MLB Playoffs

Major League Baseball is now in the quarterfinals of its postseason with eight teams battling for a ticket to the World Series: The Kansas City Royals, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, in the American League, and Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs for the NL, reports Ray Otero of baseballdecuba.com.

There are a total of eight Cubans present on these teams.

2015-16 Cuban Season's schedule revealed

The 2015-2016 Cuban baseball season gets underway on August 29th with an opening day game with last year’s champs Ciego de Avila hosting runner-up Isla de la Juventud.

The Cuban Baseball Federation on Thursday revealed the 2015-16 regular-season schedule, which will begin with the televised opener on August 29 and then, by the following day, if there are no postponements, all 16 teams will have participated in traditional Opening Day games.

The 55 National Series Opening Day games include the following 8 matchups:

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PanAm' 2015: Cuban Bats Silent in 5-2 Loss to USA at Pan Am Games

After defeating Colombia 10-3 in their opening Toronto Pan American Games baseball tournament match on Saturday, Cuba stumbled on Sunday losing by a score of 5-2 to the United States.

The USA pitching was highly dominant as they out hit their Caribbean rivals 11 to one and struck out 10 Cubans.

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The US team picked up their first win of the tournament, after being upset by a score of 10-9 to Puerto Rico in 10 innings on Saturday.

USA Blasts Cuba 11-1 to Clinch Series

Cuba’s national baseball team was unable to contain Team USA batting on Saturday, losing by a lopsided 11-1 game in North Carolina. The US university selection guaranteed a best of five series victory with its third win in the first four games.

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Cuba’s pitchers had allowed only allowed 5 runs in the three previous games, losing 2-0 twice and winning 5-1 in game three.

Cuba Awakens with 5-1 Win over USA

With a convincing win in Game Three of their exhibition series, Cuba’s baseball fans were all smiles on Friday night after their national team woke up after suffering through back-to-back 2-0 shutouts including a no-hitter.

Doubles by Yorbis Borroto and Alexander Malleta broke the ice in the first inning off USA starter and losing piticher Mike Shawaryn. Singles by Rudy Reyes, Yulexis La Rossa and Yordan Manduley put the game at 2-0 in the second.

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USA Blanks Cuba Again, Identical 2-0 Score

Three USA pitchers, Daulton Jefferies, Logan Shore and Stephen Nogosek, combined on Thursday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in North Carolina to extend to 18 the consecutive scones suffered by Cuba in the first two of a five-game 2015 exhibition series between the two rivals.

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Arizona Diamondbacks' Ariel Prieto finds language keeps him in the game

He kept his signing bonus, $1.2 million, in his pocket for four days — Thursday through Sunday — before a teammate, then-Athletics outfielder Stan Javier, took him to a Wells Fargo on a Monday to deposit the almost-crumpled check.

And he'll never forget that one trip to Safeway when he confused the beautiful, yet furry, face of a dog on a can for food intended for him.

"It's really hard," he said. "It looks easy, but it's not easy. It's all about language."

Yunel Escobar’s long, winding road to the big leagues

Yunel Escobar has told his story before, about how at age 21 he left his family in his native Cuba without warning, gathered a group of close friends and escaped to the United States by boat to follow his dream of playing major league baseball. But Escobar has never talked about the American girl who helped put him in touch with the smugglers. He has never talked about his eight months living and training with the smugglers in Miami until he could pay for his escape. He has never talked, in this much detail, about the dangerous, winding path he took from Havana to Miami to the majors.

Yunieski Maya Tosses No Hitter for Doosan in Korea

Yunieski Maya

Yunesky Maya tossed the first no hitter of the 2015 season for the summer leagues. He no hit the Nexen Heroes in a 1-0 win. It is the 12th no hitter in KBO baseball, the second by a foreign pitcher. Last year Charlie Shirek of the NC Dinos pitched the first no hitter by a foreign pitcher.

Maya walked three and struck out eight in the outing, throwing a KBO career high 136 pitches. He is now 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in three starts.

Cuban MLB Presence Stabilizes

With a number of hot prospects (led by Yasmani Tomas, Rusney Castillo and Dalier Hinojosa) perched in AAA, the Cuban big league presence is likely to soar again during the first several months of the new 2015 season. But currently only 18 Cubans are found on MLB Opening Day rosters. The single newcomer is Raciel Iglesias who has been tabbed as a fifth starter by the Cincinnati Reds and will likely become Cuban big leaguer #187 before the week is over. The list of Cubans (12 in the NL and 6 in the AL) on Opening Day Rosters is as follows (salaries included in parentheses):

Minnie Minoso, Helped Integrate Baseball With White Sox, Dies at 89

Orestes Miñoso

Minnie Minoso, the hugely popular All-Star outfielder from Cuba who was the major leagues’ first black player out of Latin America and a treasured figure in the history of the Chicago White Sox, died on Sunday in Chicago. His true age was never entirely clear, but by an account in his autobiography, he would have been 89 when he died.

Report: Yoan Moncada to Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox reportedly have landed the latest free-agent prize out of Cuba, coming to terms with 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder Yoan Moncada.

Moncada's representative David Hastings said there is no signed agreement yet but anticipates it will be done soon. A Red Sox team source also told ESPNBoston.com that no deal had been reached.

While the Yoan Moncada deal represents a coup for the Red Sox, it's also a very big and expensive gamble, writes Gordon Edes. Story

USA Baseball to Host Cuba in Friendship Series

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced on Wednesday that the two international baseball powers will continue their home-and-home international friendship series in the U.S. this July. 2015 will mark the fourth consecutive year the two countries have met on the baseball diamond for a five-game series. The U.S. hosted in 2013, while Cuba hosted the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2012 and 2014.

MLB Waiting for Opportunities in Cuba

 Major League Baseball authorities are closely following the agreement reached by Cuba and the United States to re-establish diplomatic relations, though the embargo will continue to prevent Cuban baseball players from reaching the league in a normal, straightforward way.

“MLB is closely following the White House announcement,” the US League declared Wednesday through a communiqué, adding it did not have enough details about the decision to offer an assessment.

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