According to one estimate, 150 Cuban ballplayers defected last year, leaving the national team’s ranks awfully thin.The Cuban team, once an international powerhouse, has been underperforming lately.It won a bronze medal in last year’s Pan-American games in Toronto, but lost in the quarterfinals of the Premiere 12 tournament last fall in Asia.Earlier this year, in the Caribbean Series tournament, the Cuban team posted just a 1-4 record.Adding insult to injury, the last remaining superstar in Cuba, Yulieski Gourriel, defected after the Caribbean Series in February with his brother, Lourdes Jr., a promising young player.
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