Six Cuban players left the national team of that country that participates in the Under 23 World Cup and which is held in the Mexican cities of Hermosillo and Obregón.
The games of pitchers Luis Dany Morales, Ubert Mejías and catcher Loidel Rodríguez were joined by outfielders Reinaldo Lazaga and Diasmany Palacios, and left-handed pitcher Dariel Fernández.
The Pelota Cubana site and journalist Francys Romero were the first to report on the situation.
The Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) confirmed the absences through its official Twitter account.
The dropouts from the ranks of our assistant team to the # U23WorldCup they are concrete expressions. Diasmany Palacio, Reinaldo Lazaga and Dariel Fernández joined those who renounced their commitment. https://t.co/C8PyGMHZAj
– Cuban Baseball Federation (@CubanaBeisbol) September 26, 2021
The FCB also blamed the administration of former President Donald Trump to cancel Cuba’s agreement with MLB, which causes this type of situation.
“Each abandonment from the ranks of Cuban baseball confirms the cynicism with which the Trump administration annulled the agreement between the Federation and the MLB. A cruel disadvantage that prevents the natural flow to the circuits of that organization,” reported the FCB.
The Cuba team traveled to the tournament with 24 players and now only has 18. After two matches corresponding to Group A, based in Obregón, the Cubans have a balance of one victory and one defeat.
According to Romero, author of the book “The dream and the reality: Stories of the emigration of baseball”, this is the highest number of abandonments of a Cuban team in history, surpassing the five of the team that participated in the Copa de Clubes Campeones. in Mexico in 1996. Then Jesús Ametller, Roberto Colina, William Ortega, Michel Hernández and Vladimir Hernández left.