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Will Opening Relations With Cuba Affect Baseball Here?

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Cuban players have been part of American baseball since 1862 when, Esteban Bellán played for the semi-pro team Troy Haymekers. He became the first Latin American player to play in the Major Leagues in the United States. Bellan then started playing baseball for the Fordham Rose Hill Baseball Club, while attending, Fordham University (1863–1868).

Esteban Bellán, the first Latin American to play baseball in the U.S. (Photo courtesy Wikopedia)

Esteban Bellán, the first Latin American to play baseball in the U.S. (Photo courtesy Wikopedia)

Since Bellán many more Cuban players have played and become part of the American past time. After the 1959 Cuban Revolution things slowed down for Cuban players then it began to increase again with the defections of many players starting with, Rogelio Álvarez who defected in 1963.

It’s ironic that today even with an embargo and until Obama’s historic announcement to normalize relations with Cuba there are more Cuban players in the MLB team rosters than Puerto Rican players that are part of the U.S. (as a Commonwealth which is a fancy name for a colony).

For those of you that are very interested in following this new level of relations with Cuba and how that might affect baseball in the majors I share the following interesting article: SOURCE

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