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Will the United States’ New Cuba Policy Benefit Cuban Baseball Players?

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Yasiel Puig defected from Cuba in 2012. (TonytheTiger/Creative Commons)
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Yasiel Puig defected from Cuba in 2012. (TonytheTiger/Creative Commons)

Ted Berg, USA TODAY

(USA Today)—American officials said Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will re-establish diplomatic relations after a 45-minute phone conversation between Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. The U.S. will reportedly soon reopen an embassy in Havana and ease restrictions on travel and trade between the two countries.

Though the political implications of the improving relationship between the U.S. and Cuba are obviously far more important — and further beyond this baseball writer’s scope — than any sports implications, there do exist some likely sports implications.

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