Yuli Gurriel Sends Message about Tribute in Cuba

By Swing Completo/ contacts@swingcompleto.com

Yuli Gurriel has been one of the best Cuban baseball players this past decade. The Sancti Spíritus native won the 2021 American League batting title with .319 and played in his third World Series with the Houston Astros.

In February, the first issue of the Independent Amateur League “Yuli Gurriel Piña Power”, organized by Maykol Ledesma, who is also the Admin of the namesake Facebook page. The tournament had 10 teams who played a nine-game round robin and a best of three semifinal and final play off in the field of Desa in Havana.

Last week, we released the tournament leaders and the All-Tournament Team, which had the participation of some National Series names such as Roberto Acevedo, Jorge Alomá, Yoasán Guillén or veteran Yoise Sú.

On March 8th, Yuli Gurriel himself sent a video to Ledesma making the announcement of the All-Tournament Team.

“I would first like to thank all of the participants in the Piña Power tournament, mainly Maykol Ledesma. Thank you very much, I am very thankful and happy with you guys,” said Gurriel. Then he proceeded to mention each one of the awarded players.

  • C: Yeisel Baeza (Carpinteros AVE: 444)
  • 1B: Norberto Savigne (Marea Azul AVE: 536)
  • 2B: Erki Abreu (Carpinteros AVE: 545)
  • SS: Yonathan Massip (Cardenales AVE: 500)
  • 3B: Yoel Rodríguez (Carpinteros AVE: 531)
  • LF: Hansel Pérez (Cardenales AVE: 500)
  • CF: Miguel Tabárez (Diamantes AVE: 583)
  • RF: Cristofer Febles (Carpinteros AVE: 559)
  • DH: Ernesto Iglesias (Diamantes AVE: 370)
  • PITCHER: Yoise Sú (Diamantes PCL: 3.21)
  • MANAGER: Pável Fleitas (Carpinteros)

“I am truly grateful, very happy too. I know how hard it is to do something like this there in Cuba and I am aware of the sacrifices that need to be made. I feel very blessed for this tribute. Thank you all. Big hug,” Gurriel ended.

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