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Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series!

November 4, 2016
Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series! WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The 112th series of the US Major League Baseball (MLB) championship series featured a battle that came down to the line after a ninth inning rain delay in Game Seven between the Cleveland Indians, the American League champions, and the Chicago Cubs...

The Indians are taking over the world!

October 27, 2016
The Indians are taking over the world! WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Centre-stage on Tuesday night had all eyes pinned on Progressive Field, home of The Cleveland Indians as they hosted the Chicago Cubs in the MLB 2016 World Series Championship. Catcher Roberto Perez's two home runs assisted Indians in a 6-0 defeat...

Cuba and Dominican Republic to open 2017 Caribbean baseball series

July 25, 2016
Cuba and Dominican Republic to open 2017 Caribbean baseball series HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba will debut versus the Dominican Republic in the first game of the Caribbean Baseball Series that will take place from February 1 to 7, 2017, in the Mexican city of Culiacan. JIT sports publication stated that Cubans and Dominicans will face each other at...

SVG sports diplomacy initiative leads to first purpose-built baseball diamond in Northern Ireland

June 3, 2016
SVG sports diplomacy initiative leads to first purpose-built baseball diamond in Northern Ireland NEWTOWNBREDA, Northern Ireland -- Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (LCCC), along with with the Consulate of St Vincent and the Grenadines officially opened at its Hydebank Playing Fields the first purpose built baseball diamond in Northern Ireland, by hosting the 2016 Ulster...

Cuban baseball players defect in Dominican Republic

February 10, 2016
Cuban baseball players defect in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (ACN) -- Cuban baseball players, brothers Yuliesky and Lourdes Gurriel, defected in the Dominican Republic in the early hours of Monday morning. The two players left the hotel hosting the Cuban team that participated at the 58th Caribbean...

Caribbean Baseball Series kicks off in Dominican Republic

February 2, 2016
Caribbean Baseball Series kicks off in Dominican Republic SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (ACN) -- Puerto Rico were due to face Venezuela on Monday and Mexico were to challenge the hosts Dominican Republic at the beginning of the 2016 Santo Domingo Caribbean Baseball Series, which continues until February 7.

Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't

July 28, 2015
Commentary: Pedro Martinez - the opportune stage to make a statement for humanity, that wasn't Let me be the first to admit that I am not a baseball fan! The game, save for a few elements, holds very little for me along the lines of “excitement”. Yet, in the same breath, I must say that I am one who proactively recognises “excellence”, irrespective of the arena. In that regard, while visiting my 98-year-old...

Cuban national baseball team to play Baltimore Orioles this year

May 28, 2015
Cuban national baseball team to play Baltimore Orioles this year HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba's national baseball team will face the Baltimore Orioles this year, at a date yet to be fixed. The president of the Cuban Sports Institute (INDER), Antonio Becali, told the press that there will be an exhibition game with the Orioles, which will take place on the island during 2015.

Baseball diplomacy finds its place in US-Cuba relations

April 2, 2015
Baseball diplomacy finds its place in US-Cuba relations NEW ROCHELLE, USA -- Following Eric Nadel's much applauded Baseball in Cuba tour in December 2014, die-hard baseball fans have an extra reason to cheer. Since President Obama's loosening of travel restrictions to the once off limits neighbouring island, travel to Cuba for sports reasons...

Cuba beats Mexico to capture Caribbean Series baseball title

February 10, 2015
Cuba beats Mexico to capture Caribbean Series baseball title SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AIN) -- The Cuban team made history on Sunday in the 2015 Caribbean baseball series in San Juan, Puerto Rico, defeating Tomateros of Culiacan (Mexico) by a 3-2 margin to win its eighth crown in this competition. Right-hander Yosvani Torres claimed victory...

Cuba to play in Caribbean Baseball Series, says official

January 15, 2015
Cuba to play in Caribbean Baseball Series, says official HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Juan Francisco Puello Herrera, commissioner of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation, has ratified the presence of Cuba in the upcoming Caribbean Baseball Series, to take place from February 2 to 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

US Collegiate National Baseball team to play Cuban counterpart

June 25, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US Collegiate National Baseball team will play against their Cuban counterparts this week after having played against teams in Japan and Taiwan, in what is a customary summer sports tour. The US players began training some weeks ago.

Cuba denies responsibility in baseball fraud

May 19, 2014
Cuba denies responsibility in baseball fraud HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) issued a statement in which it denied any responsibility in relation to the use by Cuban outfielder, Alfredo Despaigne, of a false Dominican Republic passport to register in the Mexican baseball league (LMB).

Two Florida lawmakers call for change in MLB Cuban player policy

April 25, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, USA -- Florida Reps. Matt Gaetz and Jose Felix Diaz said on Wednesday that Major League Baseball (MLB) facilities in the state should receive no new tax incentives unless League rules treat Cuban ball players fairly and equitably.  The move by Gaetz and Diaz calls on MLB...

Mexico reaches final of Caribbean baseball series

February 8, 2014
Mexico reaches final of Caribbean baseball series MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela (ACN) -- Mexico had a walk-off hit on Thursday night against the Dominican Republic with a score of 3-2 to become the first finalist of the Caribbean Baseball Series that is taking place in Margarita Island, Venezuela. The winning run for the Hermosillo Naranjeros...

Puerto Rico buries Cuban hopes in Caribbean baseball series

February 7, 2014
Puerto Rico buries Cuban hopes in Caribbean baseball series MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela (ACN) -- Puerto Rico advanced to the semifinals of the Caribbean Baseball Series held at Margarita Island, Venezuela, beating the host squad 5-4, a result that left Cuba without the possibility of advancing in the event. Forced to beat the undefeated Magallanes Navegantes...

Boston Red Sox shortstop Bogaerts makes Aruba One happy nation

November 2, 2013
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- As shortstop Xander Bogaerts helped make history in Wednesday night's Series win, giving Boston Red Sox fans another victory parade, he also made the happy island of Aruba, One happy nation. Bogaerts is the fifth Aruban to make it to the majors.

Dominican Republic named official travel destination of New York Yankees

August 10, 2013
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic ministry of tourism has announced a new sponsorship with the New York Yankees for the 2013 season, signing on as "an official travel destination" of the organization. As part of the sponsorship, the featured deal elements...

Commentary: Baseball suspends A-Rod, its half billion-dollar man

August 9, 2013
Commentary: Baseball suspends A-Rod, its half billion-dollar man After months of suspense, Major League Baseball finally announced on Monday that Alex Rodriquez (aka A-Rod) is headlining a list of 13 players being suspended for violating the league’s drug policy. They were all ensnared by their illicit association with Biogenesis -- a steroid lab in Miami...

Puerto Rico student's dream of playing college baseball becomes reality

July 23, 2013
Puerto Rico student's dream of playing college baseball becomes reality SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Roberto Ramos’ commitment to University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez was a decision he knew would shape more than just his college career, but the foundation for his next forty years. His determination to play baseball at the collegiate level led to his decision to join NCSA Athletic...

Aruba wins Women's Amateur Softball Championship

February 1, 2013
FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Aruba carted off the title in the first English Caribbean Amateur Softball Confederation’s Women’s Championship and qualifier for the World Games in Cali, Colombia, in July with a 13-5 victory over The Bahamas.

US-Cuba baseball meet closes with three victories for Cuba, two for US

July 11, 2012
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The United States beat Cuba 5 to 4 in the last game of the US-Cuba baseball meet, which concluded in Havana, with Cuba wining three out of the five games scheduled. US pitcher Jonathan Crawford won the last game...

Cuba asked to assist with baseball development in Nicaragua

June 30, 2012
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has requested Cuban assistance to improve his country’s baseball performance and stadium infrastructure. During a conversation in Managua with the Cuban baseball team...

Japanese baseball coaches to teach workshop in Cuba

March 4, 2011
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Three Japanese baseball coaches arrived in Havana this week to start an academic exchange with Cuban trainers and managers until March 17. The Japanese experts are Masatake Yamanaka and Atsuyoshi Otake...

Age and identity fraud reduction efforts in baseball expand to Venezuela

November 17, 2010
NEW YORK, USA -- The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said last week that its expanded efforts to reduce instances of age and identity fraud in Venezuela and other countries have resulted in six players being deemed ineligible.

Baseball team experiences life-changing trip to Dominican Republic

August 20, 2010
LYNCHBURG, USA (MCT) -- Early on in last week's trip to the Dominican Republic, the team of 10 high school-aged players from around Lynchburg realized their visit was about much more than baseball.

Cuban outfielder glad to be in United States

August 14, 2010
ZEBULON, USA (MCT) -- One day, Carolina Mudcats outfielder Felix Perez will share the full story. For now, the Cuban defector chooses to sketch a few details of his escape from Cuba. Perez has not had an easy journey.

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