HAVANA TIMES — The 2013-2014 Cuban baseball season gets underway on November 3rd in the city of Santa Clara, announced sports authorities on Wednesday.
The official opening will be at the Augusto Cesar Sandino Stadium with the game between last year’s finalists, champion Villa Clara and runner-up Matanzas. Opening day will be simultaneous in another seven parks in the country.
According to the schedule, the first phase of the season includes 45 games for each team, to take place from November 3 to December 29, 2013.
The second half of the baseball calendar will begin on January 11, 2014 and continue through March 17 with an intermediate recess for the Cuban national team to play in the Caribbean Series, if approved Cuba’s assistance is approved.
This coming Cuban baseball season is being called historic because for the first time since 1962, Cuban baseball players will be paid for their performance and their daily work in the field, in what many see as a decisive step towards professional sports.