Added to the streak of bad news for Cuban baseball is that the 62nd National Series “will not have an All-Star Game.” The award ceremony for the most outstanding athletes will not be held either. According to the national baseball commissioner, Juan Reinaldo Pérez Pardo, given the “current situation” on the island, he plans to “reward” the first three places and the tournament leaders.
“What happened confirms that this edition of the veteran championship has come full of problems that hinder its performance”, public Play Off Magazine. “The All-Star Game was a recognizable and important part of Cuban baseball, which continues to assume debts in terms of generating entertainment and attracting the public,” he stressed.
The sport declared in 2021 cultural heritage of Cuba, is in decline both in the organizational and sports part. Throughout this tournament, the failures of the company TeamMate of Riccardo Fraccari, president of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) and close to Antonio, son of Fidel Castro, have been denounced. First were the delays in the delivery of the uniformsand then the spelling errors in the locker room that forced the start of the Elite League to be delayed.
TeamMate was also bad with the delivery of the balls, they only sent half, so the authorities had to use some with the Batos brand, which the official media outlet clarified. cubadebate“they are not made in Cuba”, they were acquired from a supplier abroad who agreed to put the name of the national brand on them.
In addition to this, these balls from the Italian company they cost the island 12 dollars eachthat is, more than double the cost of one of the Rawlings brand, which is the official ball of the Major Leagues, or that of the Franklin Sports company.
There are also problems with the bats. In the game between the Elefantes de Cienfuegos against the Gallos de Sancti Spíritus, on May 23, the players ran out of bats just a few minutes after starting the challenge.
Pérez Pardo, who is also the president of the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB), distanced himself this Monday from the problem with the bats. The National Baseball Commission (CNB) “confirmed that the responsibility did not fall on the management of the local team.” According to the manager, the delivery of 40 bats was fulfilled, but each territory must take care of the rest.
While the island is experiencing the baseball crisis, some players continue to take advantage of opportunities to emigrate. Left-handed pitcher Oscar Hernández took a flight to the United States. According to the journalist Francys Romero“arrived by way of family reunification.”
Hernández participated in four National Series with an ERA of 4.47 in the 61st National Series with Villa Clara. at 86.2 innings achieved 63 strikeouts. “She was one of the figures in the Under-23 National Championship won by Villa Clara against Santiago de Cuba. He has good secondary pitching and his fastball can touch 90 miles,” the communicator published in FR Baseball!
This Monday, it was also confirmed that the baseball player Luis Manuel León reached an agreement with the ninth American of San Luis and will receive a bonus for his contract of one million dollars. “He runs the 60 yards in 6.3 seconds, with an above-average arm,” Romero said. The athlete also has a “solid batting speed of swing and towards the three parts of the land”.
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