Defecting in baseball means leaving the country to play baseball in another country illegally. Once you leave the country, you will never be able to return home and you and your family may be in danger. Many players from Cuba who defected had to do it secretly, and pay people to help them in their voyage.
If they defect to another nation, they can become free agents, allowing them to choose their offer. The largest contract given to a Cuban defector is outfielder Rusney Castillo’s seven-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, signed in 2014, worth $72.5 million.
1. To disown allegiance to one’s country and take up residence in another: a Soviet citizen who defected to Israel. 2. To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group: defected from the party over the issue of free trade.
Here I leave you the Cubans and Cuban -Americans who will be on MLB rosters: Yoan López (Arizona) Jon Jay (Arizona)* Adeiny Hechavarría (Atlanta) José Iglesias (Baltimore) J D Martínez (Boston)* Albert Almora Jr (Chicago Cubs)* Yoan Moncada (Chicago White Sox) Yasmani Grandal (Chicago White Sox)
Many Cuban baseball stars make less than $2,000 annually, or one half of one percent of the average New York Yankee’s salary.
Jose Canseco , 1985-2001. Minnie Minoso, 1949-80. Bert Campaneris , 1964-83. Livan Hernandez , 1996-2012. Aroldis Chapman , 2010-present. Yoenis Céspedes , 2012-present. Camilo Pascual, 1954-71. Leo Cardenas, 1960-75.
After years of sneaking out, Cuban baseball players no longer have to defect to play in MLB . After years of criticizing the MLB for poaching some of their best players , Cuban baseball federation officials said Wednesday they were proud of the new partnership.
1 : an imperfection or abnormality that impairs quality, function, or utility : shortcoming, flaw carefully inspect a tire for defects examined the porcelain for defects a moral defect in his nature neural tube defects defects of metabolism.
defect to (something ) To leave some place, often under repressive conditions and when it is prohibited, and go to another place.
1 having a defect or flaw; imperfect; faulty . 2 (of a person) below the usual standard or level, esp. in intelligence. 3 (Grammar) (of a word) lacking the full range of inflections characteristic of its form class, as for example must, which has no past tense.
Travel and immigration. As of January 14, 2013, all Cuban government-imposed travel restrictions and controls have been abolished. Since that date, any Cuban citizen, with a valid passport, can leave the country at will, without let or hindrance from the Cuban authorities.
It became the most played sport in the country in the 1870s, before the period of American intervention. Despite its American origin, baseball is strongly associated with Cuban nationalism, as it effectively replaced colonial Spanish sports such as bullfighting.
Eligible Cuban players can now join MLB teams without defecting from the communist-run nation, in a deal similar to those with Asian leagues. Under the new agreement, Cuban baseball players over age 25, who have played in Cuban leagues for six years, are free to leave and sign with MLB teams, according to US media.
The Cuba national baseball team represents Cuba at regional and international levels. The team is made up from the most professional players from the Cuban national baseball system .