From News Services
Thursday, January 14, 1999; Page D07
Marlins P Livan Hernandez wants no part of any plan to play major league
exhibition games in Cuba.
The Cuban immigrant said he would be against anything that could bring
profit to Fidel Castro.
"I came to this country to have freedom," Hernandez told the Palm Beach
Post for a story yesterday. "I wouldn't want to go back to play in Cuba and
have part of my salary go to Fidel."
The Clinton administration recently announced a proposal to relax
longstanding trade restrictions against Cuba but said any profits from the
games should go to humanitarian efforts.
The Orioles are planning two exhibition games this spring against the Cuban
national team -- one in Baltimore, one in Cuba. The Marlins have no such
"I'd like to see doors open, and I'd like to see a lot of Cuban ballplayers
to the U.S., as long as the money would be for them or if they stayed in this
country," said Hernandez, whose half-brother, Orlando "El Duque"
Hernandez, also defected from Cuba and now pitches for the Yankees.
"But they would have to return to Cuba with the money, and then it goes
Fidel. I know all about that situation. I came here and left my family in Cuba
just to escape from that situation."
The last major league team to play in Cuba was the Brooklyn Dodgers in
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