Despite having won the national baseball title seven times (1980, 1989, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007), this will be the first time that Santiago hosts the annual baseball classic, reported Granma newspaper.
The game between the top players of the Eastern and Western Divisions of the Cuban baseball league will take place on Sunday afternoon February 3, after an Athlete of the Year official awards ceremony. The all-star squads will be announced at a later date.
On Saturday February 2, at the same time, the traditional throwing and batting contests will take place followed by the veteran's game whose rosters were also announced by INDER.
Western Division Veteran's Team:
Catchers: Juan Castro, Pedro Medina and Juan Manrique; Infield: Agustin Marquetti, Antonio Muñoz, Antonio Scull, Rey Vicente Anglada, Lazaro Vargas, Antonio "Tony" Gonzalez, Rodolfo Puente, Urbano Gonzalez, Juan Padilla, Alexander Ramos y Pedro José Rodriguez; Outfielders: Luis Giraldo Casanova, Lourdes Gourriel, Armando Capiró, Wilfredo Sanchez, Rigoberto Rosique, Fernando Sánchez, Jose Estrada y Javier Mendez; Pitchers: Jorge Luis Valdes, Julio Romero, Jesus Guerra, Lazaro Valle, Omar Ajete, Gaspar "Curro" Perez, Rolando Macias y Lazaro de la Torre. Manager: Pedro Chavez. Coaches: Juan "Coco" Gomez and Arnaldo Raxach. Trainers: Juan Suarez e Ismael Salgado. INDER representative: Pedro Almenares.
Eastern Division Veteran's Team:
Catchers: Alberto Martinez, Roger Machado y Ramon Echeverría; Infielders: Felipe Sarduy, Orestes Kindelan, Antonio Pacheco, Gabriel Pierre, Agustín Arias, Pedro Jova, Luis Ulacia, Agustin Lescaille, Osvaldo Oliva y Andres Telemaco; Outfielders: Víctor Mesa, Ermidelio Urrutia, Víctor Bejerano, Jorge Garcia, Miguel Cuevas y Silvio Montejo; Pitchers: Braudilio Vinent, Roberto Valdes, Omar Carrero, Jose Luis Aleman, Juan Perez Perez, Gregorio Perez, Oscar Romero, Aquino Abreu, Osvaldo Duvergel, Felix Núñez, Modesto Verdura y Rafael Castillo. Manager: Manuel Miyar. Coaches: Miguel Giró and Antonio "Titi" Sánchez. Entrenadores: Pedro Perez y Renato Puertas. INDER representative: Pedro García Lupiañez.
Cuban authorities consider athletes who defect traitors and Saturday's documentary marked the first time in recent memory players who fled the island have been seen on official airwaves. The island's film institute financed the movie, but had refused to distribute it given its sensitive subject matter.
"I am not a traitor. I am an Industrial," Hernandez says during the documentary, referring to Havana's Industriales, Cuba's most-famous team and the squad he played for before fleeing to the United States in December 1997.
"I have had the opportunity to play for the two best teams in the world: Cuba's Industriales and the New York Yankees," says Hernandez, who this season will enter the second year of a two-year, US$12 million deal he signed with the Mets in 2006.