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Interest in latest Cuban defect?


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Back in 2000 it was reported that:

"The Baltimore Orioles refuse to sign players who defect from Cuba, saying they believe it is bad for relations between the United States and the communist country. "

http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/sports/orioles-defectors.htm

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZGE2NmY3YTg0NjkxMjM1ZGJjMzk1YzkyNjZiNTMzZTE=

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZGNhNjAzYTVmYjk5OTYzZjY3YjQ5Y2MzNWZlNjRmYjY=

Further reporting:

"The Baltimore Orioles will refuse to sign any baseball player who has defected from Cuba. Syd Thrift, the club’s vice president for baseball operations, explained that the reason for the policy is a reluctance to threaten "the goodwill created between the two countries" after a home-and-home series last year between the Orioles and the Cuban national team."

I recall being shocked and horrified. If anything crystallized my repugnance of Angelos it was this.

Apparently the organization backtracked but the bad taste lingers for me on this subject.

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Dayan Viciedo has defected to the United States today. Being that he's 19, he will enter the draft next year, like the case with Yunel Escobar and Maels Rodriguez. He will work out in Miami for one year, with no collegiate or professional association. Viciedo is something special. He made his debut in Liga Mejor at the ripe age of 15. I fully expect him to be drafted higher than Escobar (2nd Round, 2005). Viciedo projects as a power hitting outfielder

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Hmm.. Wasn't 2000 around the time the Orioles hosted the Cuban team, and vice versa? I think thats old news.. As Zff4 said, the organization back tracked.

Without getting into politics I can understand the Orioles take on that back then.

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Hmm.. Wasn't 2000 around the time the Orioles hosted the Cuban team, and vice versa? I think thats old news..

Yes, if you read the whole thing it says "after a home-and-home series last year between the Orioles and the Cuban national team."

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