Cuban baseball player “defects” in the Netherlands


This was deliberate. During these tournaments,
the players have to surrender their passports. So he disappeared without his passport
and without any money. Maybe he had earned a bit of money by selling cigars… because Cuban players do that when they come to the Netherlands. But he left without any of his belongings. So there has to be a group out there, helping him. There’s still no freedom of movement for individuals between Cuba and the United States. Transfers of good athletes are completely out of the question. The Major League in the United States wants good players. Cuba has always been a major baseball country.
It’s the most popular sport. There are some really good players who’d like to play
in the States, but Mr. Castro won’t allow that.

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