Tampa Bay, MLB coming to Cuba

The most important encounters between professional Cuban and Major League Baseball (MLB) players in the last 16 years boil down to a friendly match against the Baltimore Orioles in 1999 and games during the World Baseball Classics, where the island has faced national teams featuring several MLB players.

Obviously, almost all the players from the historic 1999 duel are retired, with the exception of pitchers Ciro Silvino Licea from Granma and Danel Castro of Las Tunas, who are still active players.

Nor are many of the players from the team lineups in the early editions of the World Classics – who had the opportunity to face off against powerful squads from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Mexico’s major leagues – competing today in our National Series.

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