The Cuban baseball team that will try to reclaim the sport’s scepter at the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador includes 13 players from the World Classic’s past.
Catcher Andris Perez, infielders Erisbel Arruebarrena, Yadil Mujica, Luis Vicente Mateo and Dayan Garcia along with outfielders Urisbel Gracial, Yoelkis Guibert and Roel Santos repeat from the fourth-place team in baseball’s main tag team.
Mentor Armando Johnson also called out pitchers Jose Ramon Rodriguez, Nikel Cruz, Carlos Juan Vier, Judis Reyes and Yoanni Yera again.
The line-up includes catcher Junior Ibarra and infield guards Yasniel Gonzalez, Guillermo Aviles and Jordan Manduley.
In addition, ranger Raiko Santos and pitchers Javier Mirabal, Jonathan Carbo, Franklin Quinta, Miguel Neira, Yunieschi Garcia and Renner Rivero were called up.
Rule, Manduley and Yera will compete in the Central American and Caribbean Games for the third time in a row after visiting Veracruz 2014 and Barranquilla 2018, where Cuba won the championship and finished second respectively.
Cuba ranks first in the Central American and Caribbean Games with 15 titles, two silver medals and one bronze.
The rest of the championships were dominated by the Dominican Republic (3-4-4), Puerto Rico (3-2-4), Venezuela (1-1-3) and Colombia (1-0-1).
Mexico is looking for its first gold medal (0-7-2) and Nicaragua and Panama are showing the same ambition, both with three silvers and four bronzes. The Netherlands Antilles round out the historic medal table (0-1-1).
Source: Juventud Rebelde