Burgos: Cuban baseball’s uncertain future

From SABR member Adrian Burgos Jr. at La Vida Baseball on March 13, 2017:

Despite a rash of defections the past few years, Cuba surprised many when it advanced to the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Young and old stars are combining to keep alive the island’s proud baseball tradition and take the team back to the Final Four.

But what lies ahead for Cuba, its relationship with Major League Baseball, and the future of the island’s talent development system is uncertain, all the more so in a post-Obama, post-Fidel moment. That uncertainty was growing even before the 2016 United States presidential campaign threw a political curveball with the election of Donald Trump.

This is a story we’ll be following with great interest at La Vida Baseball. While there are a lot of unanswered questions right now, we thought it made sense to provide an overview of where the game has been — and where it is headed.

Read the full article here: https://www.lavidabaseball.com/normalization-cuban-baseball/#.WMbs-8efyuo.twitter

Originally published: March 13, 2017. Last Updated: March 13, 2017.