(Information photo, provided by CITIC Brothers)
[Reporter Lin Youchen/Comprehensive Report] The Cuban team and the Taiwan team are in the same group for the classic match. The roster of 50 players was announced today. Among them, defected players are allowed to participate.
In addition, the Cuban team also had infielder Yadil Mujica who came to Taiwan and participated in the first Popcorn League. Former Hanshin left-hander Onelki García originally signed with CITIC Brothers the year before last. But he did not pass the medical examination and did not join the team.
In 2014, the first Popcorn Summer League opened to foreign players for the first time. Musica came to Taiwan in the middle of the season. At that time, he joined Taichung Weida (now Taichung Athletics) and served as the main shortstop. He won the best shortstop award that year. And the stealing base king, and then moved to the Mexican League. Now 38 years old, he returned to play in the Cuban League. This time the roster was released, and Musica was also included.
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From 2018 to 2020, O'Neal played for the Japanese professional Chunichi Dragons and Hanshin Tigers, with a total of 21 wins and 23 losses in the three seasons, and an ERA of 3.81. After the end of the 2020 season, O'Neal originally signed a contract with CITIC Brothers and has already signed a contract with CITIC Brothers. Arrived in Taiwan, but did not pass the physical examination after arriving in Taiwan and the team assessed that the injury would not recover in a short period of time, so he left Taiwan.
O'Neal is now playing in the Mexican Winter League.
The Cuban team has a strong lineup. In terms of American professional players, White Sox outfielder Luis Robert, infielder Yoan Moncada, Tiger toolman Ibañez (Andy Ibañez), Mariners left-hander Elias ( Roenis Elias and former "Cuban Missile" Cespedes (Yoenis Cespedes) are also on the list.