Cuba Ball tour, March 2005

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four months pass...

shit, might be time for me to go back.

http://sabr.org/latest/sign-now-2014-baseball-tour-cuba

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 14 September 2013 15:19 (six years ago) link

btw I probably saw Alexei Ramirez play for Pinar del Rio in 2004

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:08 (six years ago) link

how much was it?

I don't remember, but this year it's $2599 (with a supplement of $50 if you lodge solo).

http://www.prime-travel.com/tours/cubaball-tours/

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

that's a supplement of $450

Miss Arlington twirls for the Coal Heavers (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 September 2013 16:15 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

So now what?

At one point Wednesday, M.L.B. became so concerned about the reaction to Obama’s announcement that it sent a directive to its 30 teams pointing out that it remained illegal to scout players in Cuba, or to sign them, because the American embargo of the island remained in effect....

Peter C. Bjarkman, a Cuban baseball historian, noted that the Cuban government had recently adopted a policy that allowed players to join teams in Mexico and Japan. But major league clubs in the United States are a different matter.

“The Cubans want their players to now have more experience and to play professionally overseas and earn some money,” Bjarkman said. “But there is a condition: They want those players to play in the Cuban league in the winter. Otherwise they will be throwing up their hands.”

Major league teams, however, would probably not agree to allow Cuban players to spend entire winters playing baseball back home, reasoning that the injury risk would be too great.

“This is an issue that’s going to be debated in Cuba now,” Bjarkman said. “They want to utilize baseball resources to bring more money into the country, but they don’t want to sell their league to North America.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/18/sports/baseball/for-baseball-cuba-is-front-and-center.html

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 18 December 2014 16:58 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...
two years pass...

if you'd like to go in late September

https://sabr.org/latest/cubaball-tours-announces-2018-dates

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:06 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

so i'll be there in late Nov – but am having hard time divining if there are going to be any actual baseball games going on while i'm there.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 18:41 (eleven months ago) link

i am confident that there'll be actual baseball games, but discovering when and where does seem awfully complicated. maybe ask this guy for tips? https://twitter.com/baseballdecuba

mookieproof, Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:13 (eleven months ago) link

What we call the regular season, they call the National Series, and it runs from August thru late December.

http://www.baseballdecuba.com/2018-19-Cuban-Baseball-Season-Schedule-Released?language=en

There's a schedule link, but it only shows the results of the first half.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:31 (eleven months ago) link

yup. i found that and found it mildly infuriating.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:54 (eleven months ago) link

also - anyone have an idea what players might be worth checking out? are there any left?!

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 19:54 (eleven months ago) link

my understanding is the talent pool is not what it was when i went 14 years ago... or 5 years ago

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 17 October 2018 21:04 (eleven months ago) link

i suppose it doesn't matter anyways since i cannot find an actual schedule to save my life right now.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 19 October 2018 14:43 (eleven months ago) link

you should definitely go to a game. write to Kit Krieger (Cuba Ball, based in Vancouver) if necessary.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 19 October 2018 14:52 (eleven months ago) link


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