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Habana vs Almendares: A little “beisbol” in Cuba

We remember an important anniversary in Cuban baseball: "On December 29, 1878, the first game is played between two teams of the first professional baseball league in Cuba, later known as the Cuban League. Representing the city of Havana, the Habana club faced off against their greatest rivals, a club from the neighboring suburb of […]

Pay Castro Inc “un honorario de 20%” and you can play overseas!

According to Maria C. Werlau, "Fidel Castro Inc" is one big conglomerate for a guy who is made a career pretending to be a socialist.   The family business is big enough for Fidel and Raul to make the list of some of the richest people in the planet. Again, not bad for a couple […]

El Rookie

A great piece on Marlins All Star pitcher Jose Fernandez at Grantland: He first saw it about five years ago, while he was floating on a boat about 10 miles from shore — lights stacked on top of lights, all spread upward and outward, wrapping around a piece of land that stretched north and west […]

Notes From Left Field

Well, beat the drum and hold the phone - the sun came out today! We're born again, there's new grass on the field. It’s the first day of spring-when a young man’s fancy turns to…beisbol. I’m no young man, but my thoughts did turn to beisbol and Cuba today. Yes, beisbol; Cuba’s passion and yes, the beisbol […]

No Hall of Fame for the dopers

When I was a kid and into my teenage years I was a huge baseball fan. Thanks in large part because of my beloved abuelo, I loved the game.The male members of our readership will probably recall their baseball card collections -- I had the complete 1966 Chicago Cubs -- and I have very fond memories […]

Today in Cuba News: Boxing, Jubans and radio censorship

Britain’s Stalker, Cuba’s La Cruz suffer shock defeats in Olympic boxing quarterfinals Yamaguchi Falcao of Brazil also upset top-seeded Cuban light heavyweight Julio La Cruz 18-15 in an eventful final day of quarterfinal bouts. http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/upset-central-britains-stalker-cubas-la-cruz-stunned-in-last-olympic-boxing-quarterfinals/2012/08/08/b3f527f8-e1ad-11e1-89f7-76e23a982d06_story.html Cuba says tourism income up 12.8 percent in 2011 In an undated report posted recently on its website, the National […]

Today in Cuba news: Alan Gross wants ribs, a Cuban wrestler becomes a legend, Yoani remembers el maleconazo

NEWS Olympic triathlete Manny Huerta lives immigrant's dream He was born in Havana and speaks with a Cuban accent, but he is an American at heart and was proud to march with the U.S. team in in the opening ceremony. American man in prison in Cuba dreams of freedom, going to Cuban baseball game, eating […]

Today in Cuba news: Cubans going the Central America route; CubaDebate highlights Carromero’s driving record; Amnesty calls for end to cat-and-mouse games

NEWS US-bound Cubans pour into Panama through Colombia Led by smugglers armed with knives and machetes, Mayra Reyes and 14 other Cubans sloshed through swamps and rivers and suffered hordes of mosquitoes as they struggled across the notorious Darien Gap between Panama and Colombia, the only north-south stretch of the Americas to defy road-builders. Cuban […]

Today in Cuba news: the Carromero family hires a lawyer, a cubiche wins bronze, and opinions on Oswaldo Payá

CUBA. DESPUÉS DEL ASESINATO DE OSWALDO PAYÁ: ¿QUIÉN SERÁ EL PRÓXIMO OPOSITOR ASESINADO POR LOS HERMANOS CASTRO. VIDEO CON TESTAMENTO POLÍTICO DE JUAN FRANCISCO SIGLER AMAYA EN CASO DE SU EXTRAÑA MUERTE http://baracuteycubano.blogspot.com/2012/08/cuba-despues-del-asesinato-de-oswaldo.html Cuban opera singer challenges "jealous" bureaucrats over closed theater http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/01/cuba-theater-reform-idINL2E8IU8AZ20120801 Opinion: What Really Happened to Cuban Dissident Oswaldo Payá? http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/08/01/opinionthe-legacy-oswaldo-paya/ Spaniard held […]

Cuba’s Baseball Pickle

Wow! Must really suck having your best ballplayers defect to other countries so that they can actually be paid for busting their asses to perfect their skills and talent on the diamond ... and count their professional contract and paycheck as their own in a professional league as free men in a free market system. […]

More on Yuri Boza, the Cuban defector

From El Nuevo Herald (translation mine): TV Production Tech defects in San Diego By Wilfredo Cancio Isla El Nuevo Herald The Cuban team participating in the second World Baseball Classic is under extreme pressure from the highest government spheres to guarantee an outstanding performance in the tournament an “elevate revolutionary athletics,” affirmed a member of […]

Cuban ballplayer tries to make the big leagues

Here and here.