Cuba is anticipated to be one of the most closely watched teams in next month's inaugural World Baseball Classic, and we now have a clearer idea of the Cuban players the world will be watching.
At 16, Dayan Viciedo has been included on Cuba's 60-man provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic, making him a marked man even if he doesn't make it to next month's tournament.
With many of Cuba's veteran stars having recently retired, the country's performance in the World Baseball Classic -- and its reputation as an international baseball power -- rests in the hands of its young talent.
Carlos Delgado is already getting pumped about his Puerto Rican WBC team's stern test against Team Cuba on March 10 in San Juan.
The 60 players on Cuba's WBC roster were announced Tuesday in Havana, but Major League Baseball officials said they could not confirm the names at this point.
The team Cuba sends to the World Baseball Classic in March wants to play some exhibition games leading up to the three-week tournament and has invited Puerto Rico to Havana for an undetermined number of games.
Fidel Castro confirmed Wednesday that his country would play in the World Baseball Classic in Cuba's first official reaction to the U.S. government's decision allowing the communist country to participate.
We have just received the first score from the WBC: Baseball 1, Politics 0. The U.S. Treasury Dept. has reversed its position and decided not to ban Cuba.
Game on! Major League Baseball received word on Friday that the U.S. Treasury Deptartment has granted a license so Cuba can participate in the upcoming inaugural World Baseball Classic.
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig and MLB Players Association Executive Director Don Fehr issued the following statements regarding the U.S. Department of Treasury's decision to grant a license allowing the Cuban National Team to participate in the World Baseball Classic.