Yoenis Cespedes — Cuban Athlete born on October 18, 1985,

Yoenis Céspedes Milanés, nicknamed La Potencia, is a Cuban professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and New York Mets. Before joining the Major Leagues, he played in the Cuban National Series and was a member of the Cuba national baseball team. He won the 2013 and 2014 Home Run Derby. While primarily a left fielder throughout his career, he has split between left and center field while with the Mets... (wikipedia)

My life has changed in many ways, both on an economic and personal level. All major league players are accorded the respect they deserve. In Cuba, it was not that way. National team players were not respected. The treatment was not adequate.
I grew up on the softball field. Every day I would take my glove and my bat with me.
Sometimes I rush my swing because I am so anxious to play well. In Cuba, the quality of the pitching is not the same as it is here. There you might find one or two pitchers at 94 or 95 mph. Here, every day I find several, and each pitcher who comes along throws his hardest stuff.
Despite the situation in Cuba, I had a chance to play on the national team; and compared to other baseball players and other people in Cuba, I had the opportunity to live at a level that was not very high class but in the middle.
I had a chance to play for the Cuban national team during the 2009 World Baseball Classic, but at the time I never thought about leaving Cuba.

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