The Cubans join the Ottawa Champions team roster next season in the independent Can-Am League
The Cubans join the Ottawa Champions team roster next season in the independent Can-Am League Photo: Otawa ChampionsZoom
May 18, 2016 23:54:05 CDT
The national commissioner Heriberto Suarez reported the news Tuesday, and a day later, before the start of the new season of the Can-Am League, that the Ottawa Champions, one of the teams that make up this tournament- confirmed on their official website incorporating the Cubans Donal Duarte and Alexander Malleta into the payroll of the club, which so far has never played a final of the contest.
As published in the digital portal of the franchise, its owner Miles Wolff said "We are very pleased that the Cubans have confidence in our league to show their talent. We believe that with the tour of the National Team and incorporating Malleta and Duarte will increase attention where they play."
This becomes a new chapter in the close relationship between the Cuban baseball and the Can-Am League, which began to make themselves more visible with the hiring of several players by the Capitals of Quebec, and now re-launched with the participation of a team from the island in 19 games of the northern league.
The Champions of Ottawa initiated the route this season taking on tonight the Jackals of New Jersey, one of the teams, together with the Miners of Sussex County, the Boulders of Rockland, and the Aigles de Trois-Rivieres compete in the tournament.
Both Malleta as Duarte would face (June 17, 18 and 19) the Cuban team, which debuts on June 9 against the Capitals with a series of four challenges. By then, if the already announced contracts are confirmed, could align in the Quebec nine with shortstop Yordan Manduley, third baseman Yurisbel Gracial and outfielder Roel Santos.
Translated by ESTI