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The challenge for Cuban defectors

Playing baseball is just a small part of the adjustment for these ballplayers

Updated: June 1, 2012, 2:16 PM ET
By Hiram Martinez | ESPN Deportes

It is a plan that is simple yet at the same time complicated: Defect from Cuba. Whether it is traveling with the Cuban national baseball team or a risky trip via raft, then seeking political asylum in a country outside the United States and hoping to get a good offer from one of the 30 MLB ball clubs with the guarantee of millions of dollars.

The complicated part for the new generation of Cuban baseball players is abandoning their families and friends in Cuba, adapting to ...

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