No Cigar

Sept. 11, 2000
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No Cigar

Led by veteran stars such as first baseman Orestes Kindelan
(left), Cuba has never lost an Olympic baseball game, amassing an
18-0 record and outscoring opponents 213-75 en route to two gold
medals. That should change in Sydney, where years of defections
will start catching up with Fidel Castro's club. Fifty-four Cuban
players have bailed out since 1991, weakening the team enough
that at the '99 Pan Am Games it lost preliminary games to Canada
and a squad of U.S. minor leaguers. Forget the smoke being blown
in Havana: Cuba would love to have the Yankees' Orlando (El
Duque) Hernandez, the Giants' Livan Hernandez and the Red Sox'
Rolando Arrojo in its Sydney rotation.

This is an article from the Sept. 11, 2000 issue Original Layout

--Brian Cazeneuve