There is a great deal of dissatisfaction and disappointment among Cuban baseball fans, both inside and outside the island, in regards to what has happened to Frederich Cepeda. Are we witnessing another typical Cuban Stalinist purge?
Frederich Cepeda, who is one hell of a good baseball player, was removed from the Team Cuba roster to the XVII International Cup and he does not appear in the roster for the Sancti Spiritus Gallos to the 50th National Baseball Series, (see FCBA article titled Equipo Sancti Spíritus.)
BaseballdeCuba.com seems to be pointing the finger toward Higinio Vélez, the current Czar of Cuban Baseball.
Here is what BaseballdeCuba.com claims were the words of Higinio Vélez: “No hubo una galleta, ni un golpe, ni una bronca, se ha publicado por Internet que Martín (Eduardo Martín y yo) lo estábamos esperando en la puerta porque había salido del hotel y había llegado tarde; también se habló de una fajazón; ¡nada de eso!, ahí están Céspedes y Despaigne que pueden hablarles de eso. No puedo dar argumentos sobre el caso porque es una situación compleja.”
Translation: “No one was slapped or hit; there was no fight; it has been published in the Internet that Martin (Edward Martin and I) were waiting at the door [of the hotel] because [Fredereich Cepeda] had left the hotel and had returned late; they also spoke about a big physical fight! Nothing like that. Cespedes and Despaigne can talk about that. I can not give arguments on the case because it is a complex situation."
Sorry, Señor Vélez, but that is not a proper explanation as to why Frederich Cepeda is no longer playing in El Béisbol Cubano. What we fans want to know is, did you Señor Velez ban Frederich Cepeda from Cuban Baseball? If you did, you owe us a better explanation, with the true facts, about what has happened to Frederich Cepeda.