|Isla de la Juventud Municipality as Important Promoting Land in National Baseball Series
2012.06.26 - 08:58:51 / firstname.lastname@example.org / Translated by: JC Caballero
The Isla de la Juventud municipality, which was called as Isla de Pinos until 1978, is located in the Caribbean Sea in the southwest of Cuba; its economy is based on the tourism, fishing and agriculture sectors, as well as its former and great activity in the harvest of the citrus fruits, especially in the grapefruit one.
It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in the year 1494. This little land, which is filled of local history, constituted an especial Cuban municipality in the territorial and administrative distribution of Cuba.
Near its capital in Nueva Gerona city, it is located the so-called Presidio Modelo where Fidel Castro was imprisoned by the end of the 1950´s of the last century.
Regarding the revolutionary sport´s history, the Isla de la Juventud municipality had left-handed pitcher Cecilio Soto as its most outstanding representative, who helped the Industriales team to achieve its fist national baseball title during his first debut as a pitcher in that type of competition.
Even though, it has not a wide population like those ones from other provinces in the nation, the daily effort and work carried out by the local technicians and coachers have demonstrated that the aforementioned municipality creates great champions such as the local boxers Alfredo Duvergel and Michel Enriquez.
The Isla de la Juventud municipality has been the important place to train and making athletes who were not originally from that land, although, they showed a great performance like in the cases of Carlos Llanes, Gervasio Miguel Govín, catcher Valdimir García, and Raúl Ajete, just to mention some examples.
He aforementioned tendency was once started by other baseball players such as the twins Pedro and Pablo Pérez from Las Tunas province, shortstops Juan Carlos calvo, Francisco Labrada, as well as Jorge Tamayo, Heriberto Corvea, Silvio Montes, José Ignacio Santamaría and Arnaldo Fonseca from Havana province and even the player Armando Jonson who was one of the many baseball players that went to the abovementioned municipality to try their luck in its local baseball squad.
That was the same history experienced by other baseball teams and athletes such as Norlis Concepción in the Tunas province, Yenier Bello in Camaguey province, as well as José Ramón Alfonso, Orlando Acebey and Lázaro Santana in Sancti Spíritus province, however, the difference lies that 90 per cent of those players who try their luck in the Isla de la Juventud municipality finish residing there.
There are too many reasons to recognize the high merit reached by that small Cuban land in spite of its current and ongoing promotion process on new baseball players given that that territory and its daily effort remains there and champions of the local fighting spirit. By Dagoberto Toledo