Cuban national sport is in crisis. This Friday the prospect Luis Jesús Quesada left the island and is already in the Dominican Republic. The athlete from Cienfuegos joined Cristián de Jesús López, Darlin Jiménez and Gustavo Urgellés, who emigrated in the last 30 days in search of an opportunity in the Major League Baseball of the United States (MLB).
Quesada “left through the legal means of the country,” according to made it known the journalist Francys Romero. At 16, he said, “he is one of the best talents in his class and, according to my rankings, the number one in contact bat and discipline in home in his category. “In the last National Championship with Cienfuegos his average was .416 (37 hits in 89 at-bats), 11 doubles and three home runs.
The sangria of players continues, while Granma highlights in a publication “the essence of a world sports power” on the Day of Physical Culture and Sports. And it recognizes the role of physical education as “the basis of Cuban sports.”
A teaching base that seems broken with the flight of 12 baseball players that was registered last October in the U-23 World Cup that took place in Sonora, Mexico, and another three in the Baseball Pre-Olympic in Florida with the desertions of Cesar Prieto, Lazaro Blanco and Andy Rodriguez. To these casualties was added the team psychologist Jorge Sile Figueroa.
Luis Jesús Quesada, originally from Cienfuegos, joined Cristián de Jesús López, Darlin Jiménez and Gustavo Urgellés, who are looking for an opportunity in the MLB
“I don’t know well about other sports, but young players don’t have the opportunity to grow on the island, they don’t have the freedom to choose, that’s why they run away,” said the players’ agent based in Miami, Carlos Pérez. “Boys shouldn’t have to be jumping balconies or seeking asylum.” Meanwhile, Romero warned that “with the recent opening of airports in Cuba, the emigration of baseball players will begin to reactivate their normal patterns.”
The desertions have spread to other disciplines, such as the judokas Ayumi Leyva and Nahomys Acosta and the basketball player Raudelis Guerra, who left the island’s delegation during stopovers in Madrid, Spain, which affected the image of Inder.
This Friday it was also announced that one more of the youth who left the patriotic team in Mexico, Miguel Antonio González, is already in the US and will be represented by David Hastings. The next objective will be to obtain a free agent, although several teams have already shown interest in adding him to their ninth.
Last season he had an offensive line of .318 / .417 / .439, 7 doubles and two homers, plus 14 RBIs. In the U23 World Cup he registered “five games, with .385 / .556 / .385, 5 hits in 13 shifts and 3 RBI “, highlighted the portal FR.
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