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Selig plays political hardball on baseball's Cuban crisis

Originally Published: November 11, 2002
By Tom Farrey | ESPN.com

Comments by Bud Selig about the availability of Cuban defector Jose Contreras to major-league teams has led to criticism from special-interest groups that baseball's commissioner is appeasing Fidel Castro, who regards the loss of the island's top players as a hit to Cuba's national pride.

In an interview with ESPN, Selig explained why Major League Baseball subjects Cuban players to its annual draft if they fail to first establish residency in a third country, while prospects from the Dominican ...

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