Cuban experts affirm that the second baseman has great qualities to play in the MLB.
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It is no longer strange the stories of athletes who go to another country to compete and flee their hotels to stay in the nation. This was the case with Cesar Prieto, player of the national team of Cuba that he was going to dispute the Baseball pre-olympic in Florida.
The Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) was in charge of confirming the news through a statement released on social networks. However, the federative entity criticized with strong words the action of the young second baseman.
Cuba’s Baseball Federation confirms player Cesar Prieto left the Cuban National Team after arriving in Florida to play in a qualifying tournament for the Olympics. https://t.co/jF6Tgkg6o0
– Patrick Oppmann CNN (@CNN_Oppmann) May 27, 2021
“Your decision, contrary to the commitment made with the people and the team, has generated repudiation among his colleagues and other members of the delegation. Willing to overcome the logical impact of an event beyond the majority will of be faithful to the homeland and the mission with which we travel to the event”Said the statement.
The 22-year-old player reportedly escaped just after he and his delegation arrived at the hotel in Florida. Pietro would have gotten off the bus and then took a car that was waiting for him right at the place.
#Cuba @DiazCanelB why don’t you blame yourself for the flight of athletes from your ranks? They have trophies for you as slaves. Cuban Baseball Federation blames the US for the escape of César Prieto after arriving in Miami https://t.co/zUqSVuRvZi
– cubanoyaeshora (@cubanoyaeshora) May 27, 2021
Cuban portals claim that the young second baseman had shown great talent on the diamond. Prieto played the 2019 Pan American Games. In that tournament he managed to obtain an average of .438 with the wood. Even, Prieto had been signed by Olmecas de Tabasco of the Mexican Baseball League, but after his escape into the United States, there is no certainty that he can play in the Aztec ball.
The Cuban Baseball Federation confirms the departure of stellar prospect César Prieto – La Nueva Cuba https://t.co/cHQG6zLElc
– The New Cuba (@NoticiaCuba) May 27, 2021
Finally, the 26 remaining players will represent Cuba in the Pre-Olympic in search of the only ticket to the Tokyo Olympics that delivers the tournament. Cuba must dispute its pass against the representatives of Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Canada, Puerto Rico, United States, Nicaragua and Colombia.
Just the championship will deliver the pass to the Olympic tournament. The runner-up of the Miami tournament will have another chance to get his pass in the last knockout phase that will be played in Mexico.
With information from EFE.
César Prieto’s desertion memes
As usual, the creativity of social media users was swift. When the news was known, hundreds of people began to publish images referring to the episode with the Cuban baseball player.
Cesar Prieto be like: pic.twitter.com/DeOq20u96q
– El_aguacatico_maduro (@el_aguacatico) May 27, 2021
* César Prieto touches North American soil *
– The insurance that should watch over him: pic.twitter.com/DK3Lfthhhb
– EI Engineer ™ 🇨🇺 (@ El_Ingeniero93) May 27, 2021
All Cubans watching Cesar Prieto stay: pic.twitter.com/lmCKEQ51jP
– Mr. Anonimous (@un_toh) May 27, 2021
Cesar Prieto arriving in Miami: pic.twitter.com/uZqcId1MXh
– El MordeCoito🇨🇺🇨🇦 (@Robert_DeCoito) May 27, 2021
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