Former player of Industriales Eliut Torres Ramírez arrives in the US

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The former Industriales player, Eliut Torres Ramírez, who was part of one of the most talented generations of Cuban baseball in recent years, arrived in the United States last Sunday.

“The wait is over, Eliu is already in the yuma”, announced last Sunday on Facebook the Havana baseball player, 38 years old.

Torres, who won a well-remembered International Baseball Federation (IBAF) Youth World Championship in 2002, in a team that included figures such as Kendrys Morales, Yulieski Gurriel and Héctor Olivera, crossed, like many other Cubans, the Central American migration route to arrive in the US

Torres’ journey began in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, then took him to Nicaragua, from there he undertook the traditional route to the border between Mexico and the United States, where he finally crossed through Piedras Negras, the journalist reported Full Swing Yasel Porto.

“I wanted to leave from my time as an active player, but a great opportunity never presented itself. Now the economic situation in Cuba forced me to make this decision for my family. It was time, you couldn’t wait any longer. I had to do it now,” the former athlete told Swing Complete.

The left-handed outfielder participated in 8 national series with teams from Havana (4 with Industriales and 4 with Metropolitanos), he averaged .271 for life, with 237 runs scored, 415 hits, 65 doubles, 10 triples, 30 home runs, 188 RBIs, 241 walks, 221 strikeouts and a .376 OBP., according to the statistics collected by the site Cuba Lite.

Torres made his debut in the 43rd edition (2003-2004) with Industriales and his last campaign was the 52nd (2012-2013), also with the blue team.

After his retirement he did various jobs, including baker, according to information from Blog Industrialists of Havana.

In the USA, the ex-player was received by his parents, who already resided in that country.

Although Torres is already retired, he is another Cuban sports asset who joins the exodus of athletes that has not stopped in recent months.

The Cuban state sports structure has tried to articulate strategies to stop the escape of athletes and coaches -such as, for example, the management of professional contracts in other countries-, but every year dozens of athletes ask to be removed from the high-performance system or leave delegations. officers, trying to achieve better opportunities for the development of their careers.

At the end of July, three Cuban soccer players left the official delegation in the UNCAF FIFA Forward U-20 Futsal tournament held in Guatemala.

Players Mario Planchet, Christian Temprano and Leonardo Acevedo did not show up for the semifinal game that Cuba lost to Nicaragua.

The three young men had escaped a couple of days before the Cuba-Nicaragua match, without their whereabouts being known.

a few weeks before, the javelin thrower Yiselena Ballar Rojas left the Cuban delegation in MiamiUnited States, where he traveled to participate in the Eugene 2022 World Athletics Championships, reported sports media in Florida.

The young athlete, who was included in the selection at the last minute, fled immediately after arriving at the Miami airport, where they made a stopover to continue to Oregon.

Cuba, mired in a terrible economic crisis, is going through the largest migratory exodus of the last six decades.

From October 2021 and until the end of last June, 157,339 Cubans arrived in the United States by landincluding the border with Canada, a figure that is a record according to historical records and that demonstrates the migratory crisis that the country is experiencing, exacerbated by the lack of economic and political opportunities on the island.


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