OFFICIAL RELEASE: José Abreu Changed His Mind and Is with the Association


In recent statements to ESPN, Cuban White Sox player Jose Dariel Abreu said he did not agree with the Miami-fostered initiative of fielding an Independent Cuban National team to play in the World Baseball Classic. He would only be involved if the team included the players who are in Cuba, as part of a unified roster.

However, a few days later, he seems to have changed his mind. In a conversation held with several members of the Association of Cuban Professional Baseball Players, he said he supported the initiative. We hereby share the Press Release by that new organization.

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To all followers of this Association and to the lovers of FREE Cuban baseball:

We would like to share that we have had a very good conversation with star player José Dariel Abreu, following his recent statements about this initiative. Abreu said he granted the interview without having enough information about the Association of Cuban Professional Baseball Players, but that he now has better knowledge about several of our objectives, not only the eventual participation in the World Baseball Classic, which is the only thing people talk about. He stated that he agrees with everything that is being done and that he is available to support in any way he can.

We explained that, as an Association, we share his interest of inviting the players who are in the best shape for the tournaments we want to participate in, in order to represent all Cubans, regardless where they live, which also includes the players who are still in Cuba.

Additionally, José asked us to apologize on his behalf for the language he used to refer to the organizers of the project, as he feels he used unfortunate words that could have even offended some people, for which he offers his most sincere apologies.

Lastly, Abreu offered to personally explain the project to the rest of his team, the Chicago White Sox.

We keep uniting. The team of all!

Swing Completo STATEMENT: Our CEO Daniel de Malas made a statement in his Twitter account that we support completely:

“No messages! I have the same sources as Romero saying that Abreu supports @beisprocuba but the right thing is that he shows up on camera and explains whether he changed his mind or was misinterpreted. Besides, he has to apologize (not necessarily in public) to @SwingCompletoBB for refusing to talk to us.”

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