In short, the Cuban baseball team reached second place in the Barranquilla-2018 Center Caribbean and qualification for next year’s Pan American Games in Peru, beating Colombia in a well-fought clash of good pitching by both sides, which concluded three races per one.
If our team had something positive, it was precisely the pitching staff, with an outstanding performance throughout the tournament, I even dare to say that I add to this criterion the defeat of eight for one against Puerto Rico, the deserved champion, since remember the inaccuracies of the defense in that game, first the error of Manduley and later the poor fielding of Roel Santos with full bases, which contributed to the collapse, after 36 years without losing a match in the Central American and Caribbean Games.
After the defense improved and finished as the best of the contest. What happened to the hitting, well here comes the little opportunity with men in scoring position, reflected by the large number of runners left in circulation, not only in the defeats against the Puerto Ricans and Venezuela, but also in some matches won in the games who could manufacture more races.
Hopefully this victory against Colombia and the second place and classification will not stop covering the reality of our baseball, which has not been going well since 2006, after the excellent performance in the first World Classic.
The bad practices and the deficient methods follow, so I join the criteria of colleague Joel García, recently expressed in the Trabajadores newspaper that: «the special series and playing ball for so long will be a very scientific method, but it does not seem appropriate or ideal to aspire to gold at the regional level. And sure will appear those who intend to explain that everything was due to motivational factors, extra-sporting things, at random from the system of competitions, to the late incorporation to the team of those hired abroad and to the fluff of the fluff without going to the center of the problem .
» There is no doubt that Cuban baseball is in urgent need of changes, of deeper and more current analyzes. This sport is not the same as thirty or forty years ago. The inclusion of professionals in all countries makes this activity stronger in each contest in which we participate. You cannot cover the Sun with a finger.