A man accused of leading a human trafficking ring has pleaded guilty to U.S. extortion charges involving the smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin.
The accused leader of a human trafficking ring is set to plead guilty to charges of smuggling of more than 1,000 Cubans, including baseball players such as Leonys Martin.
Cuba is hoping to use a five-game baseball exhibition against a team of U.S. college players to bounce back from recent disappointing international results in a sport that’s considered the island’s national pastime.
Five Cubans are on the rosters for Tuesday night’s game at Target Field.
Marrero was a diminutive right-hander from Cuba who went by the nickname “Connie” when he pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s.
When Rangers manager Ron Washington fills out his lineup card, he will likely write down the names of players from seven different countries, plus Puerto Rico.
Three people have been indicted on federal charges of hostage-taking and extortion conspiracy, and Martin himself is suing his alleged kidnappers for the return of more than $1.3 million.
Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view.
Now at 25 years old, Leonys Martin has to deal with an unenviable burden: replacing Josh Hamilton in the Rangers’ lineup.
The description preferred by 51 percent of Hispanics is Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban or other culture they are tied to through family or ancestry.
U.S. college baseball players will face a Cuban team this summer, renewing play after 16 years with a five-game series between nations with bitter relations.
Texas recalled Martin from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday after placing right fielder Nelson Cruz on the 15-day disabled list.