Blackouts force Cuban dictatorship to schedule only day games for national baseball series

Chronic blackouts throughout Cuba have forced the Castro dictatorship to only hold day games during the 63rd National Baseball Series, which began on Saturday. The mismanagement and corruption of the Cuban regime has left the island producing only 50% of the electrical demand, which means there is no electricity to power lights for night games in the series. This is socialism in action.

Via CiberCuba (my translation):

National Baseball Series will be played only during the day due to energy crisis in Cuba

The 63rd National Baseball Series (SNB) began this Saturday in Cuba, not far from the serious energy crisis the island is facing. Due to this situation, the directors of the National Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation (INDER) have decided to hold the games during the day.

“Considering the country’s energy situation, analyzed in the provinces with stadiums equipped with artificial lighting, it has been decided that for the time being, the 63rd SNB games will start at 2:00 p.m.,” said information from the sports organization disseminated through the X social network.

This statement slightly contradicts what was stipulated in the Technical Congress of the event, held on Wednesday, March 6, at the Adolfo Luque Hall of the Latin American Stadium in Havana. At that meeting, the SNB director Carlos Martín said, “Games will start at 6:30 p.m. in all stadiums with lighting and at 2:00 p.m. in those without, except on Sundays when all games are scheduled for the afternoon,” as reported by the official newspaper Tribuna de La Habana.

It had also been revealed at that meeting that the main stadiums in Havana, Matanzas, Sancti Spíritus, Ciego de Ávila, Camagüey, Las Tunas, and Santiago de Cuba were ready at the moment to host night games.

At the beginning of February, the Cuban government announced the suspension of all ongoing sports events due to “low fuel availability” on the island, putting several tournaments including the SNB on hold.

However, in recent weeks, baseball officials on the island toured the country’s provinces and rallied the participating teams to give the green light to the major baseball classic.

The fact remains that the energy conditions on the island are critical, with no improvement in the near future.

With the maintenance shutdown of the Antonio Guiteras Thermoelectric Plant (CTE) and unit 6 of the Nuevitas CTE, plus the continuous breakdowns of the system, and the lack of fuel for its operation, the regime has been forced to extend power outages and drastically cut public lighting.

In a meeting of the Council of Ministers, it was reported that over the past year, the crisis in the country has led to extreme energy restriction measures, resulting in the disconnection of 74% of public lighting and prolonged power outages across Cuba.

Regarding the start of the SNB, inaugurated at the Julio Antonio Mella Stadium in Las Tunas, the locals lost 16-3 to Granma, while Industriales outperformed Isla de la Juventud 10-1.

Holguín defeated Villa Clara 5-1 and Guantánamo beat Santiago de Cuba 9-6. Meanwhile, Ciego de Ávila overcame Camagüey 10-4, Sancti Spíritus won 2-0 against Cienfuegos, and Matanzas triumphed 16-10 over Mayabeque.

In the last result of the day, Pinar del Río defeated Artemisa 11-4.

The SNB program includes a total of 75 games for each team, competing for one of the eight available playoff spots. Each subseries will consist of five games at the same venue, always from Tuesday to Sunday, where the visiting teams will be the home club on weekends.

Fridays will be used for active rest, and Mondays for travel.

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