MLB considering playing future spring training games in Cuba

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Major League Baseball is considering playing future spring training games in Cuba.

Baseball players’ association president Tony Clark said Saturday there have been ”ongoing” discussions about playing exhibition games in Cuba, which recently renewed diplomatic ties with the United States. Clark said there were conversations about Cuba hosting games this spring, but there wasn’t enough time to finalize details.

Cuba and the U.S. have a long-time connection through baseball. Several Cuban-born players have become stars on MLB teams.

Major league teams regularly held spring training camps in Cuba in the 1940s and `50s. The Cincinnati Reds had a Triple-A affiliate in Havana before Fidel Castro banned professional sports.

The Baltimore Orioles played a two-game exhibition series against the Cuban national team in 1999. The first game in Havana was the first by a major league team in 40 years.