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Fantastic Article on Cuban Baseball

I would highly, highly recommend this article about baseball in Cuba. It's really lengthy, but well worth the read.

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2008/07/cuban_baseball200807?printable=true&currentPage=all

A few talking points:

-- It doesn't paint Yunieski in a favorable light at all, as it suggests that an innocent man is doing time right now, because of circumstances involving Betancourt's escape and his refusal to testify.

-- Yuni's old manager, Victor Mesa, once was ejected before a game even started, when he was giving the lineup card. The umpire warned him not to come on the field or say anything, to which Mesa responded, "Are you fucking blind? I'm standing on the field right now!"

-- Cuban baseball players represent perhaps the world's most valuable untapped labor pool, with an estimated value of half a billion dollars. Currently are paid the equivalent of $60,000 US dollars... combined.

Seriously. This article gets into issues of agency, refugees, baseball history, Havana economics, baseball fandom and rivalries, prospects... It's rad.

PS -- I'm ignorant on embedding links, so apologies on the clunky address.

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