HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 28 (acn) Cuba will return this year to the Can-Am Baseball League as part of its preparation for the Pan American Games to take place in Lima, Peru, from next July 26 to August 11.
The return of a Cuban team to the tournament organized by the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball was agreed during the stay in Havana of executives of that entity.
The group, which included Kevin Winn, Can-Am Executive Director, spoke with the main authorities of baseball in Cuba and officials of INDER (local institute of sports) in order to specify details about this and other steps.
Both parties expressed satisfaction with the exchanges, which established the reintegration of a Cuban squad that will debut next June 13 in the city of Ottawa.
Likewise, it was confirmed the possibility of Can-Am franchises of hiring Cuban players, subject in which the visitors persistently insisted.
Michel Laplante, president of the Quebec Capitales, and Jean Tremblay, owner of that club, also attended the meeting.
It was also set a match of the 15-17 category for the first quarter of 2020, based on experiences lived by athletes of that age who traveled to the Caribbean island.
Higinio Velez, head of the Cuban Baseball Federation, Yovani Aragon, national director of that sport, and Martha Lidia Ruiz, INDER director of international relations, made up the group that exchanged with the visitors, which also included Gregory L. Lockard, New Jersey Jackals president of baseball operations.