Will the Chicago Cubs be playing an exhibition game in Cuba next season?
When I came across this bit of news, the fact that the Chicago Cubs won’t be reporting to camp for another three months really got the best of me and made me want to hide in a cave.
There’s so much going on and the Cubs are expected to make several huge moves throughout the offseason to help them go further than the National League Championship Series. But for right now, they would love to play an exhibition game out of the country.
According to ESPN Chicago’s own Jesse Rogers, Theo Epstein and the Cubs are interested in playing a game in Cuba next season, but the process in order for this to happen would be complicated.
Over the last couple years, or since Theo joined the organization, Chicago has made it a point to go after some of the top International talents that the world has to offer.
Guys such as Starlin Castro, Jorge Soler, Eloy Jimenez, Miguel Amaya, Yonathan Perlaza, and Eddy Julio Martinez are just a few names that have inked deals with the Cubs.
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Soler being the only Cuban-born player while the rest have come from different countries.
Now, with the Cubs being so successful and such big players in the International market, it would make sense that they end up playing at least one game in Cuba.
They have a bunch of young players that could shine some light on a few other names that have yet to be discovered, opening the door for the next big thing to show some interest in the club.
Jesse Rogers does point out that the Cubs open up the 2016 regular season against the Los Angeles Angels in California, which is where the problem could be.
The game in Cuba will be played near the end of Cactus League play. So having to travel from Arizona to Cuba, then all the way back to California before the season opens up, adds to nearly 5,000 miles of travel. Realistically, it’s exactly 4,797, but I’m the type of person who loves to round up.
So when calculating the distance that this young roster would have to travel, the idea of wanting to play in Cuba seems a bit crazy. There’s a risk of clocks getting messed up, which could take a toll on the way a team would play.