Text: Hugo Leon
According to the island’s sports journalists, three players from the Pinar del Río team were asked to withdraw from the national game for various reasons.
They are the leading athletes Rilandi González, Tony Guerra and Lazaro Emilio Blanco in Pinar del Río’s results in past baseball competitions in the country. According to Cuban journalist Ernesto Amaya Esquivel, it is likely that more requests of this type will appear by the start of the 62 national series.
In her post on Facebook, Amaya Esquivel explained that these are the athletes who showed commitment and dedication apart from always moving forward.
Cuban independent media Cibarcuba himself quoted Relandi González, who said that he decided not to play anymore, after three years of consequences and sacrificing himself, moved to baseball events outside the island, such as That one held in Curaçao.
Pinar del Río’s reliever was also not included in the list of the Elite League, which should begin next October with the selection of the best Cuban baseball players divided into regional teams.
For his part, Tony Guerra, one of those requesting a return, made the bronze medal-winning team at the 2021 Junior Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia. The athlete’s performance brought the team of Vegueros a number of important victories. in the national series.
Meanwhile, 37-year-old Lazaro Emilio Blanco, a veteran outfielder, made his 2008–2009 national baseball series debut and was part of the first-place Cuban team at the 2009 ALBA Games in Havana.
In social networks, many Internet users mourned the situation and recalled that in recent months athletes from various disciplines have left the country and separated from other sports.
In this sense, many of the casualties have been caused by abandonment by Cuban athletes during international events.