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In 2010, Lisban Correa of Industriales chased a Sancti Spiritus player around the field with a bat before catching up and clubbing him. Correa earned a season-long suspension.

Valdes was hit with a one-year suspension Tuesday night. The Cuban Baseball Federation’s disciplinary committee also ordered a suspension for Alvarez, but no length was given in the notice read on state television’s evening news.

In a column published by official media, pundit Oscar Sanchez Serra lamented that Cuban baseball is not immune to the kind of ugliness that has tarnished sports elsewhere.

“In this way, before we even play, we won’t win in either the Caribbean Series or anywhere, not for lack of talent or because there’s no professional sports but for lack of professionalism,” said Sanchez, who is sub-director of the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

“Where is it going to stop? Much has been tolerated,” he wrote. “What we are seeing in baseball is an assault on our very culture and a lack of respect to the audience that comes to the stadium and watches on TV.”


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