Cuba, the U.S. and Baseball Diplomacy

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In one of my novels, the children of communists and the children of counter-revolutionaries ignore their parents politics when they meet for an afternoon ballgame.

This could work for bilateral relations as well:

WASHINGTON (AP) — ”Pingpong diplomacy” thawed relations between the United States and China in 1971. Can ”baseball diplomacy” help do the same for the U.S. and Cuba?

Americans ranging from 12-year-old ballplayers to softballing senior citizens are visiting the communist island to engage in their own kind of field work, and there’s talk of another trip by a major league team.

These bat-and-ball initiatives come as the Obama administration takes steps toward improving relations with the Cold War rival, such as loosening financial and travel restrictions on Americans with relatives on the island.

”I think it would be good,” said former World Series MVP Livan Hernandez, who defected from Cuba in the 1990s. ”I want to come back to my own country. I miss my family, I miss my friends. I think it’s time to do something like that.”

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