A fourth member of the Cuban baseball delegation, the musty Andy Rodriguez, who plays in the Japanese league, has decided to retire and stay in Florida after the pre-Olympic tournament in America, the federation said on Monday.
Two other players and the team’s psychologist had done the same in recent days.
Andy Rodriguez, 22 years old and considered one of the great talents of Cuban baseball, “decided to break the contract with the team of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, in the Professional League of Japan, the country he was to travel to today. (Monday) from the United States, ”said the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) in a statement issued by Jit, the official media of the Cuban Sports Institute (India).
The player had signed in January with the Japanese team “but he did not show up at the airport, unlike Alfredo Despaigne, Livan Moinelo, Raidel Martinez and Yadiel Rodriguez”, who also plays in these countries with the approval of FCB.
Before him, César Prieto, considered one of the best talents in Cuban baseball, left on May 26, just hours after arriving in the United States.
On Thursday, the team’s psychologist, Jorge Sile Figueroa, also went to a source close to the AFP team, which the federation has not confirmed.
Cuban baseball pitcher Lazaro Blanco told him on Friday that he had left the team and decided to stay in the United States. “The important thing is that I feel good about the decision I made and hey, it’s a new life I’m going to start now,” the 35-year-old told Telemundo 51st from Miami.
After two defeats against Venezuela and then to Canada, the Cuban baseball team, the national sport on the island, missed their qualification for the Olympic Games for the first time in their history, and caused dismay in the country, triple Olympic champion in this discipline.