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Crazy Story Of Cuba's Bullpen Catcher Defecting After Team's Loss To The U.S. On Sunday
by Larry Leo
March 23, 20238 Comments
This crazy story came out of the World Baseball Classic with Cuba's bullpen catcher fleeing the team after their loss to Team USA in the semifinals on Sunday and defecting from his native country...
MIAMI – The Center for a Free Cuba in Washington has confirmed Ivan Prieto, a bullpen catcher for Cuba’s national baseball team, defected following the World Baseball Classic in Miami on Sunday.
Video from La Familia Cubana shows Cuba’s national team at Miami International Airport as they prepared to return to Cuba and Prieto was not there.
Outspoken activist and critic of the Cuban government, Ramon Sanchez, spoke out about how it was likely no easy task for Prieto to separate himself from the team, management and staff who many believe have been closely watching each player for fear they may defect.
“Just before boarding the plane, he just vanished so we suspect he has defected. They tried. We learned that they had kept them in a bus for a couple of hours just before the game trying to contain them,” said Sanchez.
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Originally published on TigerDroppings.com