Chavez wants players cleared for WBC

Updated: February 12, 2009, 7:44 PM ET
Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela -- President Hugo Chavez urged major league baseball teams on Thursday to allow Venezuelan players to represent their country in next month's World Baseball Classic.

"They take away the athlete's right and duty ... to represent Venezuela," said Chavez, speaking during a ceremony to honor Venezuela's under-20 soccer team. "It's constructive criticism of professional sports."

Chavez said baseball should follow the example of professional soccer teams in Europe and ...

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