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  • Yeah, moreover his full name is Leslie Anderson Stephes.
    Such a pity!

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    • Maybe his parents are a couple of 60's radicals who moved to Castro's paradise. Would love to know his family background.

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      • El Duke, Morales and Contreras... Newsworhty Trio...

        Contreras pitching gets noticed in Spring Trainig Games....

        http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/NASA...=.jsp&c_id=cws


        El Duke # 2 Starter for the Diamondbacks…:radio

        http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/...=.jsp&c_id=ari


        Kendry Morales today batted 1-2 with 2 RBI following yesterday’s performance of 3-4 with two Homeruns scoring the only two runs in the Angel’s win…..



        http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/b...eamlb_anamlb_1

        http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/NAS...=.jsp&c_id=ana

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        • Also read a note today that Francisley Bueno and Barbaro Canizares are still absent from Braves camp because of visa problems.

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          • Anyone have an update on Cuban defector Roberto Alvarez, an outfielder from Matanzas who arrived in Miami in February 2005? I heard he went to D.R. for free agency last year but haven't heard anything since then.

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            • data base

              Originally posted by bppb266
              I know could be some lost data, but i will appreciate any help to complete this info. I want to create a database or centralized web to follow all defectors (its not a good word in my opinion) over the years. Other idea could be colaborate with cubanball.com to create this kind of database. what do you think about this ?

              2005 Major League Players

              Orlando Hernandez ------------- Chicago White Sox
              Jose Ariel Contreras ---------- Chicago White Sox
              Alex Sanchez ------------------ San Francisco Giants
              Brayan Peña ------------------- Atlanta BRaves
              Yuniesky Betancourt ----------- Seattle Mariners
              Danys Baez -------------------- Tampa Bay Devil Rays
              Livan Hernandez --------------- Washington Nationals
              Michael Tejera ---------------- Texas Rangers

              2005 Minor League Players on Team Rosters

              Saidel Beltran ---------------- Charleston Riverdogs (A) ------ New York Yankees P
              Jose Angel Cordero ------------ GLC Twins (R) ----------------- Minnesota Twins P
              Arian Cruz -------------------- Chattanooga Lookouts (AA) ----- Cincinnati Reds P
              Juan Carlos Diaz -------------- Springfield Cardinals (AA) ---- St. Louis Cardinals 1B
              Yobal Dueñas ------------------ Trenton Thunder (AA) ---------- New York Yankees 2B
              Yunel Escobar ----------------- Rome Braves (A) --------------- Atlanta Braves SS
              Osvaldo Fernandez ------------- Tabasco Olmecas (AAA) --------- Mexican League P
              Rafael Galbizo ---------------- GLC Marlins (R) --------------- Florida Marlins P
              Gary Galvez ------------------- Greenville Bombers (A) -------- Boston Red Sox P
              Adrian Hernandez -------------- Vaqueros Laguna (AAA) --------- Mexican League P
              Michel Hernandez -------------- Portland Beavers (AAA) -------- San Diego Padres C
              Hansel Izquierdo -------------- Altoona Curve (AA) ------------ Pittsburgh Pirates P
              Maikel Jova ------------------- New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)- Toronto Blue Jays OF
              Kendry Morales ---------------- Arkansas Travelers (AA) ------- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B
              Juan Carlos Muñiz ------------- Carolina Mudcats (AA) --------- Florida Marlins OF
              Vladimir Nuñez ---------------- Tucson Toros (AAA) ------------ Arizona Diamondbacks P
              Eddie Oropesa ----------------- Tabasco Olmecas (AAA) --------- Mexican League P
              Branyan Peña ------------------ Richmond Braves (AAA) --------- Atlanta Braves C
              Joel Perez -------------------- GLC Yankees (R) --------------- New York Yankees OF
              Josue Perez ------------------- AZL Rangers (R) --------------- Texas Rangers OF
              Miguel Perez ------------------ Saltillo Saraperos (AAA) ------ Mexican League P
              Nestor Perez ------------------ Visalia Oaks (A-Adv) ---------- Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2B
              William Plaza ----------------- Charleston Riverdogs (A) ------ New York Yankees C
              Ariel Prieto ------------------ Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA) ---- Florida Marlins P
              Mayque Quintero --------------- Potomac Nationals (A-Adv) ----- Washington Nationals P
              Maels Rodriguez --------------- Missoula Ospreys (R) ---------- Arizona Diamondbacks P
              Jorge Luis Toca --------------- Charlotte Knights (AAA) ------- Chicago White Sox 1B
              Raul Valdez ------------------- Iowa Cubs (AAA) --------------- Chicago Cubs P
              Rolando Viera* ---------------- Tabasco Olmecas (AAA) --------- Mexican League P

              2005 Independent League Players on Team Rosters

              Edisbel Benitez* -------------- El Paso Diablos --------------- Central League P
              Jose Cano* -------------------- El Paso Diablos --------------- Central League IF
              Carlos Castillo --------------- El Paso Diablos --------------- Central League IF
              Carlos Castillo --------------- Newark Bears ------------------ Atlantic League P
              Jorge Diaz -------------------- El Paso Diablos --------------- Central League IF
              Alexis Hernandez -------------- Yuma Scorpions ---------------- Golden Baseball League C
              Oscar Macias ------------------ El Paso Diablos --------------- Central League IF
              Agustin Marquetti* ------------ El Paso Diablos --------------- Central League P
              Rolando Viera ----------------- Elmira Pioneers --------------- CAN-AM League P
              Amaury Casañas ---------------- Elmira Pioneers --------------- CAN-AM League IF
              Yolexandry Reina -------------- Toronto Maple Leafs ----------- Intercounty Baseball League P

              2005 International League Players on Team Rosters

              Jesus Ametller ---------------- Warriors Paterno -------------- Italian League 2B
              Roberto Colina ---------------- Caffe Danesi Nettuno ---------- Italian League 1B
              William Ortega ---------------- Caffe Danesi Nettuno ---------- Italian League OF
              Amauri Sanit ------------------ El Boer ----------------------- Nicaraguan League P
              Julio Cesar Villalon ------------- Palfinger Reggio Emilia --------- Italian League P
              * Released

              B.
              bppb266

              Dejame saber si te puedo ayudar armar una data base . . . .

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              • Originally posted by Agente Libre
                Also read a note today that Francisley Bueno and Barbaro Canizares are still absent from Braves camp because of visa problems.
                By the time they get here they will be collecting Medicare. They have wasted almost 2 o 3 years since they left. Then, we have to read articles in the media about how bad Cuban players are.

                Where did you read that note?
                Last edited by Cubano100%; 03-30-2006, 08:56 AM.

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                • Originally posted by Agente Libre
                  Also read a note today that Francisley Bueno and Barbaro Canizares are still absent from Braves camp because of visa problems.
                  Originally posted by Agente Libre
                  Anyone have an update on Cuban defector Roberto Alvarez, an outfielder from Matanzas who arrived in Miami in February 2005? I heard he went to D.R. for free agency last year but haven't heard anything since then.
                  Don't these guys have immigration attorneys who can smooth things out for them? I figured that instead of filling out countless forms, they could get someone who knew exactly what the quicker process was.

                  I've known a few, and part of the process involved getting letters of recommendation from people they've worked with (mostly people in the fashion, music, engineering fields). I'm not sure how it would be done for people who've sought asylum from another country.
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                  • Cubano100% -- I read the note in either the Atlanta paper or in one of the Braves' minor league affiliates' papers (Mississippi or Myrtle Beach).


                    Mattingly -- The biggest problem with defectors is most of the recent ones have been with smugglers and not agents. With about 95% of them, their cases get so screwed up that there's no easy fix, and then, after the players have been out for so long, no one wants to get involved because it's expensive and the players' values have dropped to nothing (like with Michel Abreu, Barbaro Canizares, etc.)

                    A lot of these guys were taken to the D.R. illegally, and then the D.R. stopped granting papers to Cubans and they've been stuck ever since. They have no D.R. papers, and no other papers to travel out of D.R. with. It's a scandal, really, but one the media hasn't really covered.

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                    • No more Free Agent!

                      Finally, they are here in America, the land of the free.


                      Staff starts task of setting up rosters

                      LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | It's getting to be that time. The minor leaguers in the Atlanta Braves system should know their fates no later than Friday, as the player development staff gets down to the serious business of assembling the rosters for the individual affiliates.

                      The player development staff was scheduled to have the first of several meetings Sunday night to determine which players are going where, according to J.J. Picollo, Atlanta's director of minor league operations.

                      "This will be the first really serious discussion," Picollo said Sunday morning. "We've talked about players individually, but now we have to begin seeing them in the context of overall rosters and what's best for their development as players."

                      Picollo said the staff hopes to let the players know their fates Thursday in anticipation of breaking camp Saturday.

                      Cubans arrive

                      The two Cuban players delayed by visa problems arrived in time to work out Sunday morning, so it appears unlikely either will begin the season with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

                      Barbaro Canizares, a 26-year-old outfielder/first baseman, and left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno, 25, got to meet their new teammates and the minor league field staff. Canizares, who took infield, was a teammate of Ardley Jansen in the Nicaraguan Winter League.

                      "He's a very powerful hitter, a very good hitter" Jansen said of the 6-foot-2, 220 pound converted catcher. "He played mostly outfield this winter."


                      http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld...e/14195640.htm

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                      • I thought the big problem with defecting was that these guys would get easier asylum in the U.S., but coming here means that they are draftable as rookies, whereas if they get asylum in a third country (usually the DR or Mexico) then they can play the free agent market. The trouble with the second option, as we can see in the recent examples, is that the visa issues become very murky.

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                        • Exactly right. Right now, defectors are faced with two bad choices.

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                          • A possible solution

                            I hope future Cuban defectors read this thread somehow or baseball agents get the word out that the place to go is Honduras when you leave Cuba. Honduras , not Mexico or Dominican Republic, has one of the friendliest Cuban Political Asylum Laws and that will help tremendously when ball players arrive to ask for residence as a political refugees.

                            Once they get their residence in Honduras they can get Visas to come to the USA as free agents.

                            Again, this is a better route than trying to obtain residency status in the D.R or Mexico.

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                            • That was good advice last year, but as of March 1, 2006, Honduras is no longer granting asylum to Cubans.

                              Now that Honduras is saying "no," I am not aware of a single country in the hemisphere, other than U.S., that is granting papers to Cubans right now. If anyone knows otherwise, please feel free to correct me. I'd love to be wrong.
                              Last edited by Agente Libre; 03-31-2006, 10:17 AM.

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                              • I can understand that older players might not have much time left in their careers, but I still find it hard to understand why a defector would rather take the hard road to asylum and MLB by going to another country than the U.S. I also understand that the laws of a number of countries regarding asylum states that if a person touches down in another country, they are obligated to ask for asylum there first, but I'm not sure that's the problem here. Even as rookies, these guys would earn a boatload more in a few years than the average asylum seeker could earn in 10. Not a bad way to start a new life. Why, then, jump through extra hoops and create uncertainty for yourself by going the FA route? Besides, most of the players coming out of Cuba haven't been scouted yet, so it's unlikely they'll pull down a Manny Ramirez-sized contract.

                                I just don't think it's worth the trouble if freedom is really the main reason for defecting to begin with.

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