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2005-12-14 17:13
by Bob Timmermann
2005-12-14 17:28:12
1.   graciebarn
And we can harangue them here:

People are neurotic.

2005-12-14 17:32:58
2.   Bob Timmermann
You can harangue the U.S. Treasury if you choose. Others would like to avoid an audit.
2005-12-14 17:37:52
3.   slackfarmer
Bad politics make for bad baseball. I would love to hear one politician or bureaucrat give a credible explanation of how this is going to help get rid of Castro or otherwise ease the suffering of the Cuban people. If Bunning and his budies want to stick their noses into baseball, they should do it now and lift this stupid restriction.
2005-12-14 18:48:36
4.   Andrew Shimmin
Don't outings like this usually end in a defection or six? Seems like a win-win situation. Unless there's a profit sharing arangement between the participants.
2005-12-14 19:22:05
5.   joejoejoe
How many billions of dollars of business does the United States do with communist China? We normalized relations with communist Vietnam did we not? The US Cuba policy has nothing to do with Cuba and everything to do with the electoral votes of Florida. Nobody wants to piss off a few thousand Cuban exiles in Miami in a Presidential election. It's a disgrace and has been for more than a decade. And if MLB allows Cuban expats to represent Cuba in this sham marketing exercise it may well blow up into an international incident.
2005-12-14 19:26:14
6.   Bob Timmermann
I don't think expat Cubans will be playing in the WBC if baseball ever wants to get its Olympic status restored.
2005-12-14 20:28:19
7.   FirstMohican
The WBC looses credibility if Cuba doesn't participate.

I won't be going anymore.

2005-12-14 21:02:06
8.   Bob Timmermann
So you're not excited about seeing Andruw Jones play for the Netherlands? Mike Piazza for Italy?
2005-12-14 23:14:40
9.   Sandus
Inaudible among the blustering and "outrage" of the general public are the immense sighs of relief from the executives of teams who possess Cuban-born players.
2005-12-14 23:58:27
10.   Bob Timmermann
But this is going to mess up my brackets!
2005-12-15 09:22:40
11.   FirstMohican
8 - I am, but I was more excited to see how non-self-exiled Cuban players stacked up against MLB players.

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