With the Major Leagues label, the reinforcements from Cuba for the Classic come in

Andy Ibáñez, of the Detroit Tigers, Yoan López, of the New York Mets, as well as Elián Leyva, who appears in the Mexican League with the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, will join the Cuban team in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, announced this Monday. . the Cuban Baseball Federation.

“As announced a few weeks ago, we will continue to work on the formation of the group of athletes for the V World Baseball Classic,” the entity said via its Twitter account.

According to specialist journalist Francys Romero, author of the book “Stories of the emigration of Cuban baseball (1960-2018)”, it is the first time in history that Cuba will have two players playing in the MLB in an official international tournament. .

The Cuban team will have as its backbone the team that wins the island’s Elite League, a tournament that brings together the best players from the National Series, the local baseball league.

During his presentation last April as president of the Cuban Baseball Federation, Juan Reinaldo Pérez assured that the island is committed to a “stable” and depoliticized relationship with the Major Leagues.

Likewise, he added that the body would not close the door on calling players from what is considered the best league in the world.

In 2018, Cuban authorities reached an agreement with the MLB that would ensure that island players in the US league would not lose their island residence or their affiliation with the federation.

That company was deactivated by then US President Donald Trump.

In early November, Pérez warned that “pressure and intimidation have been exerted” against players in foreign leagues not to participate in the V World Baseball Classic with Cuba.

Baseball, declared a Cultural Heritage of Cuba, is not experiencing its best moment in decades and that crisis was reflected in an unprecedented exodus of players.

According to the official Workers newspaper, a total of 635 baseball players have left the country in the past six years, a figure that includes departures with and without state approval.

Source: El heraldo