Cuban actors can realise millions if they imperfection to the United States but others prefer to planned a vocation direction that will to be maintained close to their families
Most of the year, Noelvis Entenza slopes in Havana’s historic Estadio Latinoamericano, a ballpark that shakes from the 55,000 -capacity crowds and where the sound of supporters’ cornets drowns out the players on the field.
But when Entenza’s season ends, he gets on an aircraft and tent-flies north- to Kitchener, Ontario, where he pitches in front of audience of a few hundred in a semi-professional baseball organization a macrocosm away from his life as a adept in Cuba’s National Series.
” In Cuba, it’s so crazy. Now, they convene hushed, like in church ,” he says, through a translator.
Entenza, a 33 -year-old right-hander for the Havana Industriales, is one of four Cubans playing in Canada this summer under a unique agreement with the Cuban baseball federation. While dozens of their onetime teammates have defected from Cuba in pursuit of millions in Major League Baseball, they’ve chosen to stay steadfast to their country.
Entenza, Miguel Lahera, Jonder Martinez and Yorbis Borroto, all veterans from Cuba’s national unit, earn time C $1,500 a few months playing for the Kitchener Panthers of the Intercounty Baseball League. But while they’re good enough to pursue much bigger paychecks in the US, they say there’s more at venture than really fund.
” It’s a decision each person has to become. Every one is different ,” said Entenza, who has watched teammates from Jose Abreu to Yasiel Puig to Lourdes Gurriel Jr flee for riches in the MLB.
Like many Cuban players, they say they’d love to play in the major league. But that remains as elusive now as it did when Fidel Castro first rescinded professional baseball on small island developing and built Cuba’s government-run baseball league in the 1960 s. The US trade embargo of Cuba prevents MLB associations from addressed with Cuban units, while Cuba’s ban on pro sports entails musicians who want to defect are often forced to make payouts to criminal cartels.