Rays will play Cuban National team in Cuba

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The Tampa Bay Rays will play the Cuban National Team in an exhibition game on Tuesday, March 22nd at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana during an historic trip to the island nation. It will be the first visit to Cuba by an MLB franchise since the Baltimore Orioles played an exhibition game against the Cuban National Team on March 28, 1999.

ESPN and ESPN Deportes will provide live, national coverage of the game.  In addition, ESPN’s SportsCenter will have an on-site presence in Havana on March 21st-22nd.  The game will also be streamed via WatchESPN.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is excited to play in Cuba and to have the Tampa Bay Rays representing our 30 Clubs.  During a time of historic change, we appreciate the constructive role afforded by our shared passion for the game, and we look forward to experiencing Cuba’s storied baseball tradition and the passion of its many loyal fans.”

MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said: “The Players on the Tampa Bay Rays are looking forward to visiting Cuba and playing in front of some of the world’s most passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.  We thank the Cuban National Team and all involved in hosting this game, as we are very excited to return to Havana to continue our efforts to strengthen the ties between our countries through our love and passion for the game of baseball.”

Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg said: “The Rays are extremely proud to represent Major League Baseball on a trip that will be so memorable and significant for two countries that revere our great sport.  Our franchise will be privileged to visit Cuba, to share the field with its National Team and to embody the goodwill of our game.”

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