President Barack Obama is speaking with the #CubaNow advocacy group in hopes to update the USA’s 52 year old embargo against Cuba. This embargo was started in the infancy of the Cold War when Cuba sided with the Soviet Union. The USA stopped all trading, importing and any other travel to and from Cuba. Times have changed since then and the #CubaNow group is stressing an update to a more current state of mind in thought towards the embargo all together. Media outlets, politicians and Cuban Americans all support the advocates in their strides to change an outdated policy. #CubaNow’s best teammate in this fight should be the Major League Baseball, team owners and the front office. One of the MLB’s biggest stars Yasiel Puig is Cuban and has recently made headlines due to his story of traveling from Cuba to the USA to pursue his dream of being a Major League Baseball player. Puig traveled from Cuba to Mexico via the Mexican Cartel and in the process put his life and career in jeopardy. In exchange for helping Puig and other MLB players out of the Country they request a portion of all money earned. The cartel also follows the stars in the USA threatening them and their dreams in the process.
The #CubaNow group wants to open up travel to and from Cuba and USA. This would allow star baseball players like Puig, Yoenis Cespedes, Aroldis Chapman and Jose Abreu a way to this country to play the game they love. These huge household MLB stars have all traveled to the USA under hostile circumstances. Commissioner Bud Selig is currently working with Congress to pass a bill that would help allow players to travel and play for the MLB. The #CubaNow group would be an excellent ally in getting changes made so players can travel freely to the USA and play baseball. The MLB should support the initiative in bringing more change to the outdated embargo and make it safer, more accommodating for the two countries, making it safer for the citizens to legally travel and trade with each other.
In the coming months more light will be shed on the changes that are being fought to be made. MLB has an increasing number of players that are Cuban born and are stars in the United States, thus cannot sit back idly while these stars struggle to stay safe playing baseball. Stars like Puig and Cespedes have families that are in danger and still face adversity in their life due to this policy. Cuban families that are here in this country running businesses and working legally are experiencing these same struggles, and then some. Rooting for their favorite teams and players have taken a back seat so they stand together and fight to initiate change so baseball players, Cubans and Americans can all travel and interact legally and most of all safely.