Peter C. Bjarkman

Peter C. Bjarkman recibe el Premio Henry Chadwick 2017

Una alegría inmensa resultó el recibir la noticia del merecidísimo Premio Henry Chadwick 2017, por su infatigable investigación histórica sobre el béisbol, a mi querido amigo, constante contribuidor de nuestro sitio BaseballdeCuba.com y pieza fundamental en la expansión del mismo, Peter C. Bjarkman.

Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story, al alcance de todos desde este viernes

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.

MLB: Grandes Ligas da primer paso para poder firmar peloteros cubanos en Cuba

La primera piedra que pudiera facilitar la firma de peloteros cubanos con los elencos de las Grandes Ligas norteamericanas de una forma legal y organizada y a su vez evitaría el actual tráfico de jugadores, una propuesta oficial por parte de MLB, ha sido remitida en el día de hoy al Departamento de Tesoro de los Estados Unidos, según reportó el diario New York Times.

Cuba gana Oro y su primera corona en Series del Caribe en más de medio siglo

Un enérgico equipo Pinar del Río, campeón de la Serie Nacional de Cuba, reforzado con algunas de las estrellas más grandes de la isla caribeña, protagonizó una remontada impresionante en San Juan en el último fin de semana de la Serie del Caribe # 57 y por lo tanto hizo historia en el proceso.

Cuba Strikes Gold with its First Caribbean Series Crown in More Than a Half-Century

A spirited 2014 Cuban National Series champion Pinar del Río ball club, reinforced with some of the Caribbean island’s biggest stars, staged a rather stunning comeback in San Juan on the final weekend of Caribbean Series #57 and thus made history in the process. The inspired win erased the deep disappointments of last year’s long-awaited return to Caribbean Series competition, where the country had not appeared since a 1960 title by the professional league Cienfuegos Elefantes closed out the First Stage of the annual winter league championships.

Cuban League Game Redefines Meaning of “Walk-Off Homer”

Alfonso Urquiola and Yulieski Gourriel

There have indeed been many bizarre, improbable, almost credibility-stretching games played in the Cuban League over the past half-century of “revolutionary” baseball. In fact it might well be claimed that if the post-1962 Cuban circuit is truly unique among the world’s top professional leagues then it remains so above all else for its rare mixture of the improbable and unlikely with some of the most dazzling on-field action found anywhere in the baseball universe.

Cuban League Game Redefines Meaning of “Walk-Off Homer”

Alfonso Urquiola and Yulieski Gourriel

There have indeed been many bizarre, improbable, almost credibility-stretching games played in the Cuban League over the past half-century of “revolutionary” baseball. In fact it might well be claimed that if the post-1962 Cuban circuit is truly unique among the world’s top professional leagues then it remains so above all else for its rare mixture of the improbable and unlikely with some of the most dazzling on-field action found anywhere in the baseball universe.

MLB General Managers Continue Their Futile Search for the Next José Abreu

Tomas, Ibáñez and Moncada

José Abreu’s celebrated Rookie-of-Year trophy has so far had little time to gather much dust and already a highly publicized search has been launched across Major League Baseball camps for what will hopefully be the next Abreu, or next Yasiel Puig, or at the very least perhaps the next Rusney Castillo or Jorge Soler.

C.A.C.'2014: Cuba Puts a Few Ghosts to Rest with a One-Sided Victory in the Veracruz Games

Freddy Asiel Alvarez

It was a long-awaited baseball resurrection of sorts and it most appropriately came in an event Cuba has so long dominated. The Central American Games tournament, first held in Mexico City in 1926, has now crowned the Cubans as it baseball champions 15 times in only 22 sessions – a even more meaningful domination when one remembers that Cuba sat on the sidelines (mostly for political reasons) twice in the 1950s and twice more during the past dozen-year span (2002 and 2010).

Revitalized Team Cuba Regains Some Much-Needed Glory during Opening Days of Mexico’s Central American Games

Team Cuba

Cuba’s top ballplayers strolled onto the field at Beto Avila Stadium in Veracruz this past week attired in classy new uniforms and also brimming with apparent confidence on the eve of a Central American Games tournament they have virtually dominated across the past nine decades (15 championships in 18 appearances). But the current squad led by frenetic skipper Victor Mesa was for all its historical trappings still more of a mystery and a puzzle than the apparent juggernaut outfit of the not-too-distant past.

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.

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.

Peter C. Bjarkman: “Cuban Baseball Authorities Are Facing a Most Difficult Situation”

NB: The following interview was first published in Spanish on the Reynaldo Cruz MLBlog.com site (Universo Béisbol). Here is the original English-language version of the full interview.

RC: You have been involved with researching and spreading the word about the history of Cuban baseball. When, how and why did you first become interested in this topic?

Conrado Marrero Departs Two Days Short of Landmark Birthday 103 and Baseball Loses its Oldest Survivor

Conrado Marrero

Note: On Wednesday morning (April 23, 2014) Conrado Marrero passed away quietly in his native Havana, Cuba, marking the end to one of the most celebrated and tenacious baseball lives on record. The sad news comes less than two days before the seemingly ageless Cuban legend would have reached his 103rd birthday, extending a remarkable string as MLB’s oldest surviving alumnus and the third longest-lived professional baseball player ever.

USA Pitchers and Shoddy Catching Kill Team Cuba in Friendly Series

This year’s renewal of the long-anticipated Cuba-USA “friendly series” has looked pretty one-sided if one stares only at box scores or printed game results. Four straight nail-biting one-run losses at the hands of the American collegians is certainly not what either the collective Cuban fandom or the Cuban Federation baseball brain trust had in mind.

Once More Cuba Enters International Play with a Pitching Handicap

On the eve of the summer’s second important international event Team Cuba already faces what is becoming an all-too familiar scenario – a mound corps reduced to bare minimum before the first pitch is tossed and the first bat swung. Villa Clara southpaw Misael Silverio left the team hotel in West Des Moines on Tuesday evening to pursue his dream of joining the North American professionals and eventually earning his fortunes with Major League Baseball. The defection came shortly after the team’s arrival via tour bus from their original USA arrival point in Chicago.