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Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Baseball

Professional Baseball in Cuba

Professional Baseball in Cuba

An American in Baseball-Crazed Cuba A friend of mine recently made a trip to Havana in part to see a professional baseball game, but he got the surprise of his life when the local Cubans asked him to play in their baseball game the next day. This is Anthony’s recap of that game and the next day when he got a chance to play the game he loves with other people that love the game of baseball. He asked me to print it here and I gladly agreed to publish his unique and moving story. by Bob Bentz Habana, Cuba – Along with my Cuban host from the casa (a “casa” is a private home that hosts tourists), we walked from Habana Vieja (Old Havana) up the street to the Parque Central where the taxis would be waiting for the tourists. For 10 pesos, we got the ride from what is the old capitol district to Estadio Latino Americano. Socialism in Baseball Upon being dropped off at the back...

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Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in Baseball

Travel vs. Local Baseball: Which Should I Play?

Travel vs. Local Baseball: Which Should I Play?

I’ve been a baseball coach for over twenty years.  Most years, I coached a local team, an all-star team, and a travel team.  So, I’m not biased one way or the other.  I see the value in almost every level of baseball. Today, there are many threats to baseball.  The recent success of the Taney and Jackie Robinson Little League teams are exceptions to the rule; kids in the inner cities are not playing baseball like they used to with some notable exceptions.  Another threat is the growing popularity of lacrosse.  I, for one, live in a town where the number of lacrosse players (especially girls) that go on to play in college is simply amazing.  Some that aren’t even high school Varsity starters end up playing in college!  And, there is a feeling in the local baseball community that baseball and softball are second class citizens to the lacrosse programs, thus making lacrosse a very attractive option for the best local athletes. Over the years that I’ve coached,...

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Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Baseball

Baseball: Cuba’s Game

Baseball: Cuba’s Game

As a follow up on the article about Cuban professional baseball, author Anthony Wayne contributes this story about how he got a chance to play baseball with a group of Cuban men during a recent vacation in Havana. An American Playing Baseball in Cuba (Not the Other Way Around) Cubans also love soccer too, but baseball is clearly Cuba’s game.  The next day, after my trip to see Industriales de Habana play, I was invited to play real baseball at a park in Havana with a group of Cubans that I had met in Old Havana and at the baseball game the night before.  I was picked up at 1 pm at my casa in a red ’52 Chevy.  We had four players on our team now – my host, the guy driving the Chevy, me, and the Canadian guy who was living in the casa next to me. The Amateur Draft Now, we needed to find a competitive nine man roster to field our team.  Can you imagine...

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