September 18, 2007
Havana (Prensa Latina) Cuba began practicing at Havana Latin American Stadium Sunday for the November World Baseball Championship in Taiwan, prompting fans to wonder who are the prospective team members, but the Federation refuses to tell.
Sportscaster Hector Rodriguez, with over 30 years baseball experience, predicts that the team will be basically the same as won the Pan American Games in Rio.
Juventud Rebelde issued a potential list of players but warns that the pre-selection will depend on who the team manager will be and that remains a mystery too, but it suggests as catcher: Ariel Pestano, Yosvani Peraza, Eriel Sanchez and Osdanis Montero.
For infielders: Yulieski Gourriel, Alexei Ramirez, Donald Duarte, Hector Olivera, Alexander Mayeta, Luis Miguel Navas and Jose Julio Ruiz.
For outfielders: Frederich Cepeda, Osmani Urrutia, Yoennis Cespedes, Carlos Tabares, Yoandri Urgelles, Alfredo Despaigne, Yorbis Duvergel and Alexei Bell.
As pitchers: Norge Luis Vera, Vladimir Banos, Yunieski Maya, Pedro Luis Lazo, Jonder Martinez, Yulieski Gonzalez, Jose Angel Garcia, Arleys Sanchez, Adiel Palma, Norberto Gonzalez, Vicyohandri Odelin ,Elier Sanchez, Aroldis Chapman and Alberto Bicet.