MLB stars who could play for Cuba in World Baseball Classic
Now that the US has permitted Cuban MLB players to represent their home country, some baseball stars could seriously beef up the national squad.
The United States has authorized Cuba to take baseball players who are playing in the MLB to the World Baseball Classic, and now it is highly possible that some of baseball’s biggest stars will have a chance to represent the Caribbean island.
Historically, Cuba has exported a large number of players to the Major Leagues and the current field is no exception, so there are several Cubans who are making waves in the MLB.
“We have received a communication from the organizers of the Classic announcing that the license requested by them has been granted so that the Cuba team can register Cuban athletes on its roster, whether they are from MLB or not, who have residence in the United States,” said the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB).
Cuban baseball players in the Major Leagues
Of the reigning MLB champions, the Houston Astros, those who could agree to wear the Cuban jersey in the World Baseball Classic are Yuli Gurriel, José Abreu, and Yordan Álvarez.
Other Cuban players in the league include Lourdes Gurriel Jr. of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Yoán Moncada and Luis Robert of the Chicago White Sox.
At the moment, those who have already confirmed their participation with the national team are Andy Ibáñez of the Detroit Tigers and Yoan López of the New York Mets.
The World Baseball Classic will be held from March 8 to 21, 2023 in the cities of Taichung, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami.