Comment Of Senator Leahy On The Agreement Between Major League Baseball And The Cuban Baseball Federation

“Baseball has always been a bridge between our two nations, facilitating people-to-people connections and larger agreements that have brought our countries closer together.  One of the first breakthroughs in U.S.-Cuba relations was a baseball game that I attended in Havana in 1999 between the Baltimore Orioles and the Cuban national team.  I vividly remember the crowd’s enthusiasm for both the American and Cuban players, an enthusiasm that was reciprocated by American fans when they played in Baltimore.

“I welcome Major League Baseball’s work in reaching this agreement to safely and easily allow Cuban players to play for American teams.  This agreement will end top players’ reliance on human traffickers and offer them a legal path to fulfilling their dreams of playing baseball in America, the baseball capital of the world.  This is a welcome development for players and fans, and like countless other Americans I look forward to seeing world-class Cuban players compete in the United States.”

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