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Marti, Gomez didn't defect for MLB

Updated: January 11, 2009, 8:36 PM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

SANTO DOMINGO -- The possibility of an MLB career was not the primary reason pitcher Yadel Marti and outfielder Yasser Gomez left Cuba in a raft during the holidays.

The first and most important reason, according to them, was leaving a life of abuse, humiliation and injustices.

"We are tired that the authorities didn't respect us and treat us like children," said Marti said, Cuba's best pitcher in the first World Baseball Classic in 2006.

"In Cuba, although we were good ...

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