Cuban baseball

59 CNS | Several Teams in a Race to Advance to the Second-half of the Cuban Season

Ray Otero

By Ray Otero | Founder and Director of BaseballdeCuba | @baseballdecuba

Sep 26, 2019

The second half of the 2019/20 Cuban season is just around the corner. But the race for the four spots, that will send teams directly to the second-half of the season, remains suspenseful.

INDER names new Cuban baseball director

Ray Otero

By Ray Otero  | Founder and Director of BaseballdeCuba | @baseballdecuba

Sep 10, 2019

According to the body responsible for the organization of sport in Cuba, the Institute for Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), Ernesto Reynoso Piñeiro has been named as the new Cuban Baseball director.

2019 Pan-Am Games | Puerto Rico Wins Pan Am Games

Puerto Rico won the Pan Am Games, defeating Canada 6-1 in the finals. The United States did not participate in the games, choosing to focus on the Premier 12 games to be played in Tokyo. Other teams that participated in the Games - The host Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua. For Puerto Rico it was their first Pan Am Gold, defeating the two time defending champs Canada. The poor hosts, Peru, were the only team that did not win a game.

2019 Pan-Am Games | Panas drives in five as Canada outlasts Cuba

By Baseball Canada

Jul 30, 2019

Connor Panas (Etobicoke, ON) belted a three-run homer in the first inning and finished with five runs batted in as Canada's men's baseball team earned an 8-6 win over Cuba on day two of the Pan Am Games baseball competition.


2019 Pan-Am Games | Historic win for Colombia, 6-1 vs. Cuba in opener

Ray Otero

By Ray Otero | Founder and Director of BaseballdeCuba | @baseballdecuba

Jul 29, 2019

Cuba, the 12 times Pan-American baseball champion, keeps playing at an unusual form, losing 6-1 to Colombia today, in the opening day of the baseball competition of the 2019 Pan-Am Games in Lima, Peru.

The Cuban National Team ended its preparation for the Pan Am Games

Ray Otero

By Ray Otero | Founder and Director of BaseballdeCuba | @baseballdecuba

Jul 17, 2019

The Cuban National Baseball Team finished a friendly series with Nicaragua yesterday, when Game 4 of the series was cancelled due to rain.

MLB 2019 | Top Cuban Prospects in the National League


June 17, 2019

The list from last year had a player traded to the American League (Yusniel Diaz) and three drop from the list. No player from the list from last year graduated to the major leagues. We expect that to change after this year with Yoan Lopez providing the Diamondbacks with good bullpen work.

How a baseball coach from Hoffman Estates ended up teaching in Cuba

By Burt Constable | Daily Herald | Photos: Bev Horne, Staff Photographer & Peter Caliendo

The relationship between the United States and Cuba became strained last week when the Trump administration banned U.S. cruise ships from sailing to the island nation and cracked down on other travel there. But the relationship between longtime baseball coach and executive Peter Caliendo of Hoffman Estates and Cuba has never been better.

MLB 2019 | Top Cuban Prospects in the American League


Jun 12, 2019

Not a lot of graduation from the list compiled last year. Lourdes Gurriel graduated, but his minor league time is still not finished as he struggles with his defense. Myworld has always felt he is better suited for the outfield. The bottom three players fell from the list and one player from the National League moved to the American League leaving room for three new players.

Peter C. Bjarkman gana el 2019 SABR Baseball Research Award. Otros tres autores también galardonados

Los Premios de Investigación de Béisbol SABR de 2019, que honran los proyectos de investigación más destacados en el año previo y que han ayudado a comprender más el béisbol y aumentar el conocimiento sobre la historia del mismo, en este 2019 han sido otorgados a Peter C. Bjarkman, por su libro “Fidel Castro and Baseball: The Untold Story”, publicado por Rowman & Littlefield, Nathaniel Grow y Zachary Flagel: "The Faulty Law and Economics of the 'Baseball Rule'  the William & Mary Law Review, Vol.

MLB 2019 | Yanks acquire veteran 1B/DH Morales from A's

By Chad Thornburg/MLB

May 15, 2019

The Yankees acquired first baseman Kendrys Morales and cash from the Oakland A's on Tuesday for a player to be named or cash considerations, the club announced.

Morales, 35, hit .204 (22-for-108) with one double, one triple, one home run and seven RBIs in 34 games with the A's before he was designated for assignment Monday.

Hawks Take Advantage of their Cuban Connection


May 3, 2019

Most of the Japanese teams scout the major leagues to find their foreign players. Some teams like the Hiroshima Carp use their Dominican academy to try to find diamonds in the rough. Alfonso Soriano was one of those diamonds in the rough that first played for Hiroshima before he went to the major leagues. The Hawks work with the Cuban Baseball Federation to find their foreign players.

Opinion: Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

By Cesar Brioso | USA Today

Apr 9, 2019

So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors.

When the Trump administration abruptly canceled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue.

Players will continue to defect from Cuba.

And they will continue to put their lives at risk by hiring smugglers and human traffickers in order to leave the island.

MLB | Trump Administration Rejects Agreement Between MLB and Cuban Baseball Federation

By Ed Scimia | OnlineGambling

April 9, 2019

An agreement between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) was canceled by the Trump administration, with officials saying that the deal would have violated United States trade laws.

Cuban Baseball MLB agreement

The Trump administration has vetoed a deal between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation, saying it violates US trade law. (Image: Matt Roberts/Getty)

Cuba announces first list of baseball players who can sign with U.S. teams

By Nelson Acosta & Sarah Marsh | Reuters

Apr 2, 2019

Cuba’s Baseball Federation announced on Tuesday a first list of players authorized to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, moving Cuban-U.S. cooperation in the sport forward despite tense broader bilateral relations.

The list announced of 34 players between 17 and 25 years old who classify as international amateurs under MLB rules did not include any major stars. Some, however, have already played professionally abroad like Raidel Martinez who has played in Japan.

2019 Cuban Finals | Las Tunas Wins First Cuban Championships

When myworld first discovered Cuban baseball, Las Tunas was one of the teams you could count on to finish at the bottom of the standings.

With defections and many of the top players bolting for the United States the landscape has changed for Cuban baseball.

For the most part teams in the Nacional Series are composed of players who grow up in their barrio, except for the Capital which can sometimes acquire top players from other teams.