Refugee Or Recruit: Will Less Cuban Players Join The MLB Due As Politics Change?

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Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales (25) hits a two-run double during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on April 19. (Orlin Wagner/AP)
Kansas City Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales (25) hits a two-run double during a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on April 19. (Orlin Wagner/AP)

As the wheels turn on the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, there’s a place where the two countries already seem very close: Kauffman Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals.

The team’s new hitting star is from Cuba, and across the MLB, the number of Cuban players is on the rise. But those players reached the U.S. as refugees, and some worry that warming relations with Cuba may actually crimp the supply of baseball talent from the island.

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Greg Echlin of KCUR reports.

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Peter Bjarkman, a Cuban baseball historian. (Courtesy)
Peter Bjarkman, a Cuban baseball historian. (Courtesy)

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