Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office (MLB) in the United States is optimistic about the return of Cuba to the Caribbean Baseball Series.
Although the decision is not in our hands, previous experiences such as the World Classic make us believe that there will be no problems for Cuba to play at Margarita Island, said MLB international development director, Dominican Joel Araujo in statements to ESPNdeportes.com.
Araujo said that the MLB Commissioner’s Office already submitted all necessary documents to the US government and they are waiting for the approval of the corresponding license. The position assumed by Araujo and the MLB is in tune with the criteria expressed by the president of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, Dominican Juan Francisco Puello.
We are talking about a country with a long baseball tradition of renowned quality, so we wait for the MLB with which we share strong relations, and we requested that the Caribbean Series maintain the same conditions on which Cuba participates at the World Classic, Puello said and noted that they made the same request in previous years, and they are quite close to achieve their goal this year.
Araujo and other US Major League Baseball representatives met last Monday with the Caribbean Baseball Confederation president in New York.
We are jointly working to facilitate the return of Cuba to the Caribbean Series. We understand the significance of Cuba’s presence at the games for our Confederation, said Araujo.
After a 53-year absence from the series, Cuba announced in June its acceptance of an invitation by the Caribbean Baseball Confederation to return to the games, which the islanders contested since its opening back in 1949 with seven victories up to 1960.
The upcoming series will take place February 1-7, 2014 in Margarita Island, Venezuela with the participation of Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
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