MLB: Hector Olivera Receives 82-Game Suspension

Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has accepted an 82-game suspension, without pay, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, the league announced earlier this afternoon. Olivera’s suspension is retroactive to April 30 and will run through Aug. 1. The time he’s served on paid leave from April 30 until now will be retroactively credited toward the suspension, and any pay he has received in that time will be revoked. All told, the suspension will cost him roughly $2.03MM of this season’s $4MM salary. Olivera has accept the punishment and will not file an appeal.

Jose Adolis Garcia Joins the Yomiuri Giants

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.

Preliminary Team Cuba Roster Announced for the Can-Am Experience

The Cuban Baseball Federation announced in Havana today, the 43 players that have been selected for the 2016 national team trainings for the upcoming Cuba participation in the Can-Am Independent League during the month of June this year.

This preliminary squad will be reduced to 28 players before the Cuban team travels to Canada on June 4.

The Cuban National Team will be the first Cuban-based squad since the Havana Sugar Kings to play a professional team during the regular season game in a United States minor or independent league stadium. 

Dodgers Road to Cuba Fraught with Potholes

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.

Mejia, Viciedo named NPB’s top hitters for April

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.

Canada: Panthers sign Cuban players

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.