At parting, the Cuban team has accumulated another setback. Author: Calixto N. Llanes
A farewell win wouldn’t change Cuba’s image much in the Caribbean Series. After three games on loan with a close margin, Agricultores fell with a big score (4-10) against another of those who were at the bottom of the standings.
Federales de Chiriqui eliminated the possibility of ours outclassing us in final order early, and at the end of four innings, they had already taken advantage that was difficult for the team to overcome psychologically on the ground following their early elimination.
Because it was the last game, Carlos Martí used more than half of the 12 pitchers he brought into the competition looking for the one who contained the foul that produced the fewest runs prior to that game.
Left-hander Leandro Martinez had a poor start (2.1INN, 4CL, 4H, 4BB, 1K) and only Yoel Mogena, who got the last two outs, came out of the bullpen unscathed.
At bat, Yordanis Alarcón went 2 of 3 and barely used two shifts in his last ten trips to the plate. The first in the group, Yunieschi Lardue, also had a multi-hit day (4-3) and Rafael Viñales showed signs of recovery very late with his pair of hits.
There is no other Cuban team in the history of the Caribbean series that has performed as badly as Agricultores, whose balance of one win and seven losses should not be analyzed solely on the basis of this balance.
Various media reports speak of a team with old service management methods, lack of focus, ignorance and poor execution of the fundamentals of the game, excessive impatience and low discipline at home plate, and insufficient defensive cover in some positions…
The prestige of a baseball school that has been an international authority for many years, even when pros and amateurs haven’t met each other, is being pilloried in public.
Instead of admitting that we didn’t go to the Caribbean Series with a competitive team, the result should lead to an in-depth analysis of our championships, strategies and projects.
Baseball, as a support of our identity and cultural heritage, deserves better internal governance, despite the economic strain and the constant stumbling of those who play on the opposite side of the Revolution.
Source: Juventud Rebelde