2019 All Star Game will feature 3 players who are Cuban National


Above photo: ‘Ted Williams, Minnie Minoso’ Boston Red So, baseball player Ted Williams and Cleveland Indians player Minnie Minoso, posed in dugout for 1959 All Star Game, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 1959. (Photo by Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris/Carnegie Museum of Art/Getty Images)


[Havana]     The 2019 All Star Game (ASG) will feature 15 players that were born outside of the United States.  Behind the Dominican Republic, Cuba is number two and will feature three players who will be part of the July 9th festivities.

For more information on the game click HERE

 


Currently there are 25 players who are Cuban nationals who meet the criteria.  Of the thirty MLB teams, Houston is the leader with five players.


CUBAN NATIONAL PLAYERS ON MLB 40 MAN ROSTER
Teams 2019 2018 2017 Change 2019 v 2018
TOTALS>>> 25 20 0 5
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 1 1
Atlanta Braves 0 0 2 0
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 1 0
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0
Chicago White Sox 3 2 2 1
Cincinatti Reds 3 1 1 2
Cleveland Indians 0 2 1 -2
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0
Detriot Tigers 0 1 1 -1
Houston Astros 5 2 0 3
Kansas City Royals 1 0 1 1
Los Angeles Angels 0 1 1 -1
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 2 2 -1
Miami Marlins 0 1 1 -1
Milwaukee Brewers 1 0 0 1
Minnesota Twins 0 0 0 0
New York Mets 2 1 1 1
New York Yankees 3 1 1 2
Oakland Athletics 0 0 1 0
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 0
Seattle Mariners 1 2 2 -1
St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 1 1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2 1 1 1
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 0
Toronto Blue Jays 1 3 0 -2
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 0

Cuban National Players in MLB v2019


[Havana]     For the third year we feature Cuban national baseball players who are play in MLB (Major League Baseball).

I was in Havana on my way to Estadio Latinoamericano when MLB, the MLB Players Association and the Cuban Federation reached a historic agreement allowing Cuban nationals to achieve a path to play in the MLB.  The agreement eliminated the need for players to defect or leave under negative circumstances.  Unfortunately, four months later the Donald Trump administration maintained its posture of dismantling anything viewed as positive which the Obama administration was part of, and abruptly canceled the agreement.   In the meantime, many have adopted a slogan adopted by MLB last year which simply states, “Let the kids play!!!!”

Ranked #5 in the World

Baseball is still an important part of Cuban culture.  With a population of approximately 11 million their impressive ranking is 5th as determined from the World Baseball Confederation.  While it is great that MLB fans get a first-hand opportunity to see the players perform, one can only imagine how good the national team would be had there not been defections, which have impacted the talent pool?

25 player v 40 player?

This year’s edition has been expanded to include the 40-man roster instead of the 25-man roster.  This was done since technically they are eligible to play at a moment’s notice.

To understand the difference please read here

  • 25 player roster – known as the Active Roster – A club’s 25-man roster is its full roster of active Major League players.
  • 40 player roster – The 40 Man roster is the group of players who are eligible to be added to the active (25 manroster.

Currently there are 25 players who are Cuban nationals who meet the criteria.  Of the thirty MLB teams, Houston is the leader with five players.


CUBAN NATIONAL PLAYERS ON MLB 40 MAN ROSTER
Teams 2019 2018 2017 Change 2019 v 2018
TOTALS>>> 25 20 0 5
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 1 1
Atlanta Braves 0 0 2 0
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0 0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 1 0
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0
Chicago White Sox 3 2 2 1
Cincinatti Reds 3 1 1 2
Cleveland Indians 0 2 1 -2
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0
Detriot Tigers 0 1 1 -1
Houston Astros 5 2 0 3
Kansas City Royals 1 0 1 1
Los Angeles Angels 0 1 1 -1
Los Angeles Dodgers 1 2 2 -1
Miami Marlins 0 1 1 -1
Milwaukee Brewers 1 0 0 1
Minnesota Twins 0 0 0 0
New York Mets 2 1 1 1
New York Yankees 3 1 1 2
Oakland Athletics 0 0 1 0
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 0
Seattle Mariners 1 2 2 -1
St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 1 1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2 1 1 1
Texas Rangers 0 0 0 0
Toronto Blue Jays 1 3 0 -2
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 0

MLB Players from CUBA: v2018


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).

This is the legendary Estado Latinoamericano located in Havana. Interestingly it is about as large as Dodger stadium but is located right in the heart of the community

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.


Jose Abreu
Yoan Moncada
Raisel Iglesias
Yandy Diaz
Yonder Alonso
Jose Iglesias
Cionel Perez
Yulieski Gurriel
Jose Fernandez
Yasiel Puig
Yasmani Grandal
Odrisamer Despaigne
Yoenis Cespedes
Aroldis Chapman

 

Roenis Elias
Guillermo Heredia
Adeiny Hechavarria
Aledmys Diaz
Lordes Yuneiklkl
Kendrys Morales

Teams 2018 2017 Change
TOTALS>>> 20 21
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 1 -1
Atlanta Braves 0 2 -2
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0
Boston Red Sox 0 1 -1
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0
Chicago White Sox 2 2 0
Cincinatti Reds 1 1 0
Cleveland Indians 2 1 1
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0
Detriot Tigers 1 1 0
Houston Astros 2 0 -1
Kansas City Royals 0 1 -1
Los Angeles Angels 1 1 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 2 0
Miami Marlins 1 1 0
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0
Minnesota Twins 0 0 0
New York Mets 1 1 0
New York Yankees 1 1 0
Oakland Athletics 0 1 -1
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0
Seattle Mariners 2 2 0
St. Louis Cardinals 0 1 -1
Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1 1 0
Texas Rangers 0 0 0
Toronto Blue Jays 3 0 3
Washington Nationals 0 0 0