Author: Craig Calcaterra


“In socialist Cuba they decided on the most democratic way to elect Hall of Famers”


Jorge Arangure Jr. of Vice Sports continues his “Cuba Diaries” series. Today he writes about the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame, which stood dormant from 1960 until very recently, with no inductions or anything. Basically, it just ceased to be due to socialism, its reluctance to acknowledge professional baseball as opposed to national team baseball and other related complications.

Arangure talks to the man behind the resurrection of Cuba’s Hall of Fame and, interestingly, notes that the new Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame has a much more sensible means of inducting players than does its counterpart in the United States:

Each committee member would serve a two-year term. After that two-year term a brand new set of committee members would be elected. The goal was to make the process more inclusive. No one person, or set of persons, would have too much power. In other words, they wanted to make the process as different as possible from the American system in which the Baseball Writers Association of America elects players to the Baseball Hall of Fame, usually with controversial results. Curiously enough, in socialist Cuba they decided on the most democratic way to elect Hall of Famers.

Their Hall of Fame features Minnie Minoso. Ours does not. Advantage: Cuba.

UPDATE: No charges will be filed against Danny Salazar

Danny Salazar Getty

UPDATE: No charges will be filed:

9:55 AM: Hoynes has corrected his report to say that it is only Salazar, not Perez, who is being investigated:

9:46 AM: We have no details on this yet, but Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer just tweeted this out:

Salazar, 25, is expected to be a key part of the Indians’ rotation this year.

Two Cuban players defect during the Caribbean Series


Jorge Ortiz of USA Today reports that two players on the Cuban national team, playing in the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico, have defected. The players: shortstop Dainer Moreira and pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez.

Neither are thought to be elite prospects. Moreira is 30 and Gutierrez, while only 19, is not a hard thrower. Given his age and early success, though, Gutierrez is thought to have major league potential.