MLB's evolving relationship with Cuban baseball

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Major League Baseball has submitted a proposal to the Treasury Department that outlines a new pathway for baseball players from Cuba to sign directly with big league teams in the United States. If approved, it could represent a sea change in relations between the two countries and drastically reshape how Cuban players find their way to the major leagues.

For decades, Cubans have had to play for minuscule wages — now $40 to $200 per month — or defect from their island homeland to pursue baseball careers in America. A Cold War-era embargo that only Congress can remove is still in place and largely prohibits American companies and citizens from doing business in Cuba.

Under the proposed plan, according to M.L.B.’s top lawyer, Dan Halem, an entity made up of Cuban entrepreneurs and officials from baseball and its players’ union would be created. A percentage of salaries paid to Cuban players would go to the new body, which would function like a nonprofit organization and support youth baseball, education and the improvement of sports facilities in Cuba....

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/03/sports/baseball/major-leagues-have-proposal-to-ease-path-for-cuban-players.html

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 March 2016 18:18 (three years ago) link

sounds great and can only encourage the opening up of the island more generally. damn shame that people excelling at their national sport have to defect to make $$$s.

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 3 March 2016 18:20 (three years ago) link

^running-dog capitalist

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 March 2016 18:27 (three years ago) link

that's me

Cornelius Pardew (jim in glasgow), Thursday, 3 March 2016 18:49 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Ceremonial first pitch honors will be shared by two great Cuban right-handed pitchers: Pedro Luis Lazo, a longtime standout for the Cuban National Team and Pinar del Rio, and Luis Tiant, a three-time All-Star during his 19-year Major League career. Lazo, 42, pitched for Pinar del Rio of the Cuban National Series from 1997-2009 and was a longtime star in international competition, earning two gold medals (1996, 2004) and two silver medals (2000, 2008) in the Olympic Games. He also recorded a 4 2/3-inning win in relief in Cuba's Semi-Final victory in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. Tiant, 75, was a three-time All-Star and a four-time 20-game winner during his 19-year Major League career, most notably with the Boston Red Sox (1971-78) and the Cleveland Indians (1964-69).

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/168323066/rays-face-cuba-in-big-week-for-baseball

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/168245576/luis-tiant-pedro-lazo-first-pitch-cuba

I saw Lazo pitch in Pinar del Rio when I was there in 2004.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Monday, 21 March 2016 14:32 (three years ago) link

@Joelsherman1
Small thing to watch: MLB wanted Angel Hernandez or Laz Diaz to work plate, Cubans insisted on 1 of their umps

cubans otm

mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 18:11 (three years ago) link

who is sitting w/ Obamas?

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 March 2016 18:40 (three years ago) link

@keithlaw
We're just going to leave Angel Hernandez there when everyone flies back, right? #MLBinCuba

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 March 2016 19:00 (three years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CeLOcTXXIAImXit.jpg

senior havana correspondent, players tribune

mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 19:25 (three years ago) link

matt moore did what jfk was unable to do

mookieproof, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 21:44 (three years ago) link

he's the new premier?

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 01:29 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Adam Rubin:

Cuban defector Yulieski Gourriel has been declared a free agent by MLB. Still, the Post's Joel Sherman is skeptical the Mets will pursue Gourriel. Sherman writes: "Though they traded for and ultimately signed [Yoenis] Cespedes as a free agent once in the States, the Mets pretty much have shunned the expensive Cuban international market. Two club sources said they would be surprised if that changed, but would not definitively rule out Gourriel." Sherman expects the Yankees to be involved.

we can be heroes just for about 3.6 seconds (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:00 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

just putting this here for reference even tho the '16 tour is next week (a big change from February, tho many of the destinations are the same as in 2004 when i went). A boutique tour won't be anything like this (or as cheap) a few years from now)...

http://capstours.com/our-destination/baseball-lovers/

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 September 2016 20:49 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

Trump administration cancels deal allowing Major League Baseball to sign Cuban players https://t.co/rCPY6ZhIST

— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 8, 2019

mookieproof, Monday, 8 April 2019 19:40 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

new season is underway and industriales v granma is streaming live

https://www.facebook.com/cubaentv/videos/367951833864359

mookieproof, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:19 (three days ago) link

the signal is down due to a storm and they're showing some sort of cuban sitcom lol

bookmarkflaglink (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 19:29 (three days ago) link


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