Lazaro Blanco, the best Cuban baseball pitcher, announced on Thursday that he was leaving the team and decided to stay in the United States after the pre-Olympic tournament in America in Florida, the second player to fail in a week.
This is “a decision I made from Florida“Men”that does not mean I have to play baseball“In the United States,” the 35-year-old told Miami’s Telemundo 51 channel, according to excerpts from an interview posted via Facebook.
“What’s important is that I feel good about the decision I made and hey, it’s a new life that I’ll start now“, he added.
In a brief statement issued by Jit, the official media of the Cuban Sports Institute (India), the Cuban Baseball Federation confirmed that “Lazaro Blanco has decided to stay in the United States, in violation of the contract with the Mexican team Saraperos del Saltillo“.
He is the second player to leave the delegation within a week of leaving Caesar Prieto, considered one of the best talents in Cuban baseball and left on May 26, just hours after arriving in the United States.
Thursday, team psychologist, Jorge Sile Figueroa, has also disappeared, a source close to the team told AFP, which the federation has not confirmed.
After Prieto’s resignation, the federation criticized his decision and believed him “contrary to the commitment of the people and the team“and”generates disgust among teammates and members of the delegation“.
After two losses for Venezuela and then for Canada, the Cuban baseball team, the national sport on the island, missed their qualification for the Olympic Games for the first time in history, causing dismay in the country.