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The people listed below left Cuba following the communist revolution of Fidel Castro. Some left their homeland specifically to play professional baseball which was abolished in Cuba. Players marked with a ^ left Cuba as children and thus had no political motive of their own. Alexei Ramirez said that he did not consider himself a defector when he left Cuba but is still included in this list. Players in bold appeared for the Cuban national team. Not included are people who played outside Cuba with the permission of the Cuban government (Fausto Alvarez, Omar Linares, Remigio Leal, etc.)


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  • Associated Press: "Cuban baseball opening runs into trouble", USA Today, September 22, 2014. [1]
  • Adam Berry: "Putting together the All-Cuban defector team: From 1991 to now, selects greatest at each position",, December 18, 2014. [2]
  • Peter C. Bjarkman: Cuba's Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD, 2016. ISBN 978-1-4422-4798-7
  • Jorge L. Ortiz: "For Cuban stars, money can't buy smooth assimilation to USA, MLB", USA Today Sports, March 28, 2016. [3]
  • Jorge L. Ortiz: "Cuba: Island of Baseball: Documentary focuses on risk, reward of Cuban defectors", USA Today Sports, December 12, 2016. [4]
  • Jesse Sanchez: "Which Cuban players are headed for the bigs?",, November 11, 2015. [5]

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