The First WBC Cuban Defection

Okay, it’s “only” a television technician, but God bless him in his efforts. In a related matter, here’s Bloggers United for Cuban Liberty running down the laundry list of hurdles facing Cuban ballplayers. Here’s a particularly grim disincentive set up by the Cuban government:

According to baseball agent Joe Kehoskie, the Castro regime has been using a bonus system to keep Cuban players from defecting. Players are awarded varying sums based on team performance but the awards are only given if the entire team returns to Cuba without any defections. In this way the regime creates peer pressure among team members to discourage any from exercising their right to defect.

(HT: BBTF)

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