Thursday, February 29, 2024

Why won’t Cuba play in the Caribbean Series?

Miami hosts the 2024 Caribbean Series. Seven countries are gearing up to win the tournament, which will be held in an unprecedented manner at a neutral venue. Mexico, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Cuba, and Nicaragua want to prove themselves the best in the area.

However, one of the great guests of the tournament will not participate. This is Cuba, who, along with Colombia, are the biggest absentees compared to the previous edition, where the Farmers finished with a record of 1 victory and 6 losses.

Cuba will not participate in the competition as it was not invited to play in the tournament. This is not the first time that the island has not been included in the competition organized by the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation. Cuba lost the editions played when Fidel Castro banned baseball on the island. In 2014, Cuba returned to the Caribbean Series but again missed the 2020, 2021, and 2022 editions.

The reason why Cuba was not invited

Although relations between the president of the CBPC, Juan Francisco Puello Herrera, and the island were reestablished, the economic issue became overwhelming when making the decision.

If Cuba wants to return to the Caribbean Series, it must do so as a full member; that is, it must have a professional league with sponsorships, big businessmen, etc., which unfortunately is not possible on the island.

Ramón Ruíz, brand director of the CBPC, recently pointed out to ‘Pelota Cubana’ that nothing has been written about the participation of Cuba in the Mexicali 2025 Caribbean Series, although he also did not rule out the presence of the people island.

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