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According to a report in today’s Wall Street Journal, new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wants to schedule a Spring Training game in Cuba in 2016.
“To the extent that we can play a role in helping the United States government effectuate a change in policy, that we’re following their lead and we’re acting in a way that’s consistent with what they want us to do, that’s an honor for us,” Manfred is quoted as saying.
There are those in the U.S. government — Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to name two — who may differ. So may many of the major league players, coaches, and managers who have had direct experience on what President Kennedy called “that imprisoned island” — still an accurate description.
There are a few southpaws among the owners in MLB — Peter Angelos of the Orioles, for instance — who may want to go along with this scheme. I hope that others will voice strong objections.
MLB should not thrust itself into the Obama foreign policy quagmire, especially not during the heart of the 2016 presidential primary season. Doesn’t The Great Game deserve better?