Unnecessary lack of Cuba

Supposedly the Jays got some hot young Cuban in Dunedin right now. According to this article http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080406&content_id=381213&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp&partnered=rss_tor in his first ever Stateside start, he played pretty well and even called the game himself. Very exciting.

This dude’s success has got me thinking; Why don’t the Jays take advantage of their ability to scout Cuba? We could monopolize the whole talent pool. We could have Jays scouts based permenently in Cuba who would constantly restock the Jays’ system. If the Cuban players have a choice between rafting to Miami or flying to Toronto, whatdya think they’ll do? Granted I have no idea whether the government allows their citizens to leave whenever they please (I somehow doubt it) but I’m sure JP could work something out with the Castros. Plus all I ever hear about the AL East powers is how they are rebuilding their farm system and will be looking internally in the future. We got to keep up. Cubas where it’s at.

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3 responses to “Unnecessary lack of Cuba

  1. There was a time when Cubans worked abroad as professional baseball players. I don’t know if that’s still happening. Today Cuban artists, musicians and others have been given permission to live and work abroad, in a number of cases. In order that they NOT defect, which means they would lose their homes in Cuba, for example, they have to request a document called Permission to Reside in the Exterior or PRE.

    Most of those professional athletes, dancers and musicians wouldn’t need to go through the pretense of defecting were they able to live and work abroad. Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles to this is the Cuban Adjustment Act which encourages Cubans to defect since they’re automatically granted residence in the United States of America. No other nationals from any other country on earth gets these special privileges.

    The simplest and most practical way to resolve these issues would be to normalize US-Cuban relations. Canada provides a positive example of how these issues could be resolved, since Cuba and Canada have always maintained normal ties.

  2. jays08

    Walter
    I attempted to post a response on your webpage but was unable to so I’ll just post here in hopes you return to my page. First of all I’d like to thank you for visiting the page. As you could probably see, not many have done so. Secondly, I very much appreciated your comment concerning the situation of Cuban emigrants. Considering I was just spitballing, it was a treat to have someone with actual insight respond to my optimistic strategy.

    Concerning the PRE mentioned within your comment, is it a viable option to those who consider emigrating or does government interference make “illegal” defection a quicker alternative? Secondly, do you see any improvements in the near future for US-Cuban relations? I have heard that Fidel’s brother is now running things. Will his leadership be conducive to improved relations? Thanks again.

  3. To post questions or discussion to the CubaNews list you need to subscribe. Fortunately, that’s free of charge.

    Those who wish to live and work abroad legally need to follow the laws of their country. While it may be quicker to do things illegally, there normally are consequences when one does things illegally. Even here in the United States and Canada, if you break laws, you pay a penalty.

    Raul Castro was elected President of Cuba by its National Assembly on February 24. He’s been inaugurating all sorts of changes since then. More are coming each and every day. Unfortunately, Washington has dismissed them all.

    Cuba would happily have normal relations with the United States if the United States would stop trying to overthrow the Cuban government and the social system which it represents and defends. Raul Castro reiterated their willingness to talk last year:
    http://www.granma.cubaweb.cu/secciones/raul26/02.html

    Improved relations would be good for both sides, in my opinion. The relationship which has existed all along between Cuba and Canada is one which could be considered a good model to consider:
    http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs1812.html

    You’re lucky to be living in Canada where you don’t need to ask your government’s permission if you want to visit Cuba.

    Best wishes,

    Walter Lippmann

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