Attacks on Cuban baseball are nothing new, and it is not surprising that the Caribbean Confederation of Professional Baseball (CBPC) has decided to forego our participation in the next Caribbean Series, in Puerto Rico, referring to supposed difficulties caused by the limited time available to process U.S. visas needed to travel to that nation.
The Caribbean Series, which began in Havana in 1949, and the CBPC, also founded in the same city, in 1948, were born of Cuban baseball’s prestige and our thinking, as has been documented in studies by researchers Felix Julio Alfonso, Oscar Fernandez, and Tony Perez, among others.
But the competition and its organizational structure function under the auspices of U.S. baseball, or in other words, the decisions of Caribbean baseball have been subordinated to the imperial master who hates Cuba and our baseball, conscious that the game is part of our identity and an undeniable symbol of our nationality.
In 2018, in Guadalajara, Cuba expressed its willingness to organize the 2020 tournament, and there CBPC president José Francisco Puello, told Granma: “My dream is to have the Series in Cuba, in Latinoamericano Stadium. It would be a show I wouldn’t want to miss. I don’t want to leave this position without making that wish come true.” Last year, in Panama, he once again told this newspaper of his aspirations, but recalling that there is no license allowing a contractual relationship with Cuba, he invoked his religious faith. “God willing it will be resolved and before I leave here, may the dream come true.” Continue reading