MLB Spring Training Games in Cuba?

MLB Spring TrainingOver the summer full diplomatic relations were restored between the US and Cuba.

Many people, myself included have long wanted to visit the island so this appears to be a step in the right direction towards being able to go there someday.

With relations restored, many companies are probably looking for ways to create new business opportunities in or with Cuba.

One such business appears to be Major League Baseball.

I came across an article from the New York Post which mentions that the “Yankees vie for invite to spring game in Cuba.

In 1999 the Baltimore Orioles played an exhibition game in Cuba. This ended a 40 year lack of Major League Baseball on the island. The Post mentions that before Fidel Castro came to power, “MLB teams held spring training camps in the country“.

Now it’s been 16 years since the last MLB team played a game in Cuba but that might change during the 2016 season.

10 teams are being considered to play a spring training game in Cuba. However, before this idea becomes a reality the Post says that “among other things, MLB will need the final blessing of the US government to have games played in the island country“.

While the Yankees are still hoping to be selected from among the final 10, other teams had initially wanted to play a game there, too. With teams needing to plan their spring training schedules many have bailed on the idea.

I think it would be amazing to see a MLB team play a game in Cuba and hope that this does happen.

I’ve read that Cuba could be a potential area for MLB expansion in the future. Considering baseball calls their championship the World Series, it would be fun to see a team play their home games in a third country. I just couldn’t see this happening for quite some time.

(For those of you non-baseball fans- there are currently 30 teams in MLB with 29 located around the U.S. and one in Canada.)

What do you think of a spring training game being played in Cuba? Good idea or is this a bit too soon?

Find out more from the New York Post here.

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