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Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne Defects During Flight to the Netherlands

Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne Defects During Flight to the Netherlands

Once again a Cuban player has used the World Port Tournament to defect. The tournament has seen this the past two times it was played as well (Aroldis Chapman in 2009 and Gerardo Concepcion in 2011).

This time it was 26-year old Odrisamer Despaigne did the same thing during a layover in Paris at Charles de Gaulle Airport. The team suspects that Despaigne traveled to Spain where his father lives.

Despaigne just finished up his sixth season in the Cuban National Series where he pitched for the Industriales. This past season he pitched 143 innings striking out 98. He posted a 3.27 ERA and a 10-5 record.

Photo courtesy World Baseball Classic Inc.

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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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    1. […] the second time this summer a Cuban player has defected. In July 26-year old pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne defected while the team was en route to the Netherlands for the World Port Tournament. While that made a […]

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