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Morales made his mark in Cuba

Originally Published: October 10, 2009
By Wright Thompson | ESPN.com

Now Kendry Morales is a candidate for Most Valuable Player in the American League, enjoying all the things that come with stardom. His story of escape from Cuba is famous, as is his success.

When I met him six years ago, only a handful of Americans had ever heard his name.

I was a newspaper reporter for the Kansas City Star, and he was looking to build on an outstanding rookie season in the Cuban League. I don't think he'd ever given an interview to an American before, ...

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