US Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, emphasized Monday that baseball might be useful to strenghten the friendly links between the US and Cuba, in press round in this capital, previous to the dual meet between MLB American League representative Tampa Bay Rays and the national baseball team of Cuba.
The MLB rector said that baseball “is playing a small role in the evolution of the US-Cuba relations” and admitted that the MLB and Cuban authorities are in dialogues and negotiations to find the way to legally insert Cuban baseball players in the MLB teams, though “it is a decison that depends a lot on politics.”
Within the framework of the visit to Cuba by the United States President, Barack Obama, the Tampa Bay Rays team and a delegation of the MLB – headed by Joe Torre, MLB Chief of Operations , and Derek Jeter, a myth of the sport of balls and strikes, and former shortstop of the New York Yankees- are in Havana.
“It will be a great show for the people of Cuba,” Manfred stated.
The last time a Major League team played in Cuba was in March 1999, when the Baltimore Orioles clashed with the Cuban national team, in the Latin American Stadium.