CAFE’s declaration regarding Baseball Diplomacy Act
Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE) would like to reiterate its support for Rep. José Serrano's (D-NY) Baseball Diplomacy Act, which would normalize relations between Cuba and the U.S. for baseball games. The bill presented by Rep. Serrano, who represents the district where Yankee Stadium is located, would allow Cuban players to travel to the U.S. to play professionally in the major leagues and to freely repatriate their earnings. This is especially prescient as it coincides with the recent arrival in Miami of a team of 10 retired Industriales players for friendly baseball matches. These games are part of an ongoing celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the storied Cuban team.
CAFE would like to take the opportunity to salute Cuba’s decision to return to the Caribbean Series and requests that the U.S. government amend any regulation that prevents and obstructs Major League Baseball (MLB) from welcoming the liberalizing steps of the Comisión Cubana de Béisbol.
CAFE also would like to pay homage to various Cuban Americans, such as the stellar player and coach Preston Gómez, who has always advocated for normalization of baseball relations between Cuba and the U.S. In the tradition of sportsmanship, which aims to reconcile what politics divides, we appreciate baseball players’ recent visits to the island. As had been the case for José Contreras and Rey Ordoñez, the Cuban government had long prevented them from returning to the island. Their people, who have always celebrated their successful careers, welcomed both back with much joy. We are certain that the Cubans who live in Miami and Tampa will welcome the Industriales who reside in Cuba with the same affection.
Executive Committee of Cuban Americans for Engagement (CAFE)