Now that Major League Baseball (MLB) just completed its 89th All Star Game (#ASG) and players have a day or two off before the second half of the season resumes, we thought it would be a good opportunity to update those players who are from Cuba and play on one of the thirty MLB teams (active roster).
Why the interest?
Baseball is the national sport of CUBA. Their players have been known for their talent which is why it was remarkable to see defections. Now that MLB has solid policies and agreements are in place, teams have shown a healthy appetite in adding those players to their roster.
Currently there are 20 Cuban players on the MLB rosters. That number represents about three percent of the total 750 players as each active roster is comprised of twenty-five players. The number is down by one, as last year there were twenty-one. However, one must keep in mind there are many more Cuban players making their way through the rigorous process of making the active twenty-five player roster (there is single A, double A, triple A, etc.)
Here is a peek of this years crop of Cuban born players in MLB.
|Boston Red Sox||0||1||-1|
|Chicago White Sox||2||2||0|
|Kansas City Royals||0||1||-1|
|Los Angeles Angels||1||1||0|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||2||2||0|
|New York Mets||1||1||0|
|New York Yankees||1||1||0|
|San Diego Padres||0||0||0|
|San Francisco Giants||0||0||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals||0||1||-1|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||1||1||0|
|Toronto Blue Jays||3||0||3|
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