Caesar Prieto, considered one of the best players in the sport of Cuban baseball, left his country’s delegation on Wednesday just hours after arriving in the United States, where the team is aiming for Olympic qualification. “Athlete Caesar Prieto Echeverria has left our delegation to take part in the pre – Olympic Games in Florida, USA.”, The Cuban Baseball Federation, said in a statement issued by JIT, the press organization of the Cuban Sports Institute (Inder).
Cuban expectation INF Caesar Prieto (22) left the Cuban team last time, according to sources close to the team. Official confirmation is pending, the most coveted Cuban opportunity by the Prieto MLP teams. pic.twitter.com/CANuOUQyEx
– Francis Romero (francysromero10) May 26, 2021
The Cuban delegation left his team after turning 22 with 41 members A complicated process for obtaining visas to the United States. The event comes five days before the pre-Olympic Games in the United States, a qualifying event for the Olympics in Tokyo.
“Hate” on his teammates
In a statement issued by the JIT, the federation criticized Prieto’s decision and believed it “Contrary to the commitment of the people and the team” And “His team creates hatred among players and delegation members”.
This is not the first time a Cuban baseball player has run away during sporting events. In 2009, Aroldis Chapman escaped from the hotel where his national team was staying in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where he was scheduled to take part in a tournament. In 2002, Jose Contreras fled to sign the Chicago White Socks. In other cases of Cuban athletes.
The documentary about the 2004 event “Fura de Liga” aired on state television four years later, to the delight of game fans. The documentary collects reports from selected baseball stars who are being deported for more lucrative deals.
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