Third member of Cuba’s national baseball team defects, stays in Miami

The hits just keep on coming for Cuba’s communist Castro dictatorship. Starting pitcher Lazaro Blanco becomes the third member of the Cuban baseball delegation to escape the Castro slave plantation. Blanco joins star infielder Cesar Prieto and team psychologist Jorge Sile Figueroa, both of which defected during their stay in Florida.

Via Periódico Cubano (my translation):

Lazaro Blanco ‘deserts’ from Cuban baseball and stays in Miami

Sports journalist Francys Romero reports that Cuban pitcher Lazaro Blanco, the starting pitcher in the first game between Cuba and Venezuela in the pre-Olympic contest of the Americas, will not be returning to Cuba.

According to Romero, the 35-yeaqr-old pitcher was supposed to travel to the city of Saltillo in Mexico to join the local team there, the Saraperos, along with Carlos Juan Viera, but he left the airport and told the flight organizer he was not returning to Cuba.

He was supposed to be on the flight from Miami to Saltillo, but Blanco never checked in. In a statement given to Telemundo 51 journalist Yusnaby Perez, he expressed his appreciation for being able to stay in Florida even though it meant he will no longer be playing baseball.

“What’s important is that I feel good about the decision I made, I give thanks to God, and I’m happy to be here,” said the athlete.

The native of the Granma province has been one of the top Cuban pitchers over the past several years and the starting pitcher for the national team.

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