MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to be joined by Derek Jeter on Cuba trip
Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will join MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on his trip to Cuba for an exhibition game on March 22, the league announced Friday.
Former MLB players and Cuba-natives Luis Tiant and Jose Cardenal will also join Manfred in Havana for the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Cuban national team.
The Rays, who were randomly selected by Manfred in November to partake in the spring training game abroad, will be the first U.S. team to play in Cuba since March 1999. Before Fidel Castro’s revolution, U.S. teams commonly played spring training games in Cuba. However, no MLB spring training games took place in Cuba between 1959 and 1999.
The United States reestablished diplomatic relations with Cuba in December 2014, which allowed more travel and economic freedom to exist between the two countries.