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ROSTERS LINESCORE BOXSCORE SCORECARD NOTES CBA

This game was inspired by a series of articles published by CNN Money in December 2016. The articles were about the recruitment of individuals from outside the United States to play in Major League Baseball. Specifically, Cuban citizens, were leaving Cuba so that they could play in MLB. Some were already established stars in the Cuban baseball establishment. The rewards of a Major League Baseball contract are substantial: money, fame, money, and money are the obvious ones. Where there's money, there is creativity and there is greed. Baseball is no longer the national pastime of the United States. (The National Football League makes more money.)

Choosing to play baseball can be a turning point in a young person's life. A handful of players will have the kind of talent and drive that will give them the opportunity to play the game professionally. That is clearly the vast minority. However, becoming a part of a team and getting outside and working to improve one's skills can provide lessons that will pay off throughout a person's life...FUN: This is perhaps the most basic concept of all. Players get out on the field and they hit, run and catch and it's a very enjoyable activity. Youngsters want to have fun. Whether they are playing a video game, playing outside or going on a vacation, young people want to have fun. [Reasons to Play Baseball by STEVE SILVERMAN]

This cosmic baseball game is about when playing for fun isn't the option.

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Rosters
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Los Zetas
Gustavo Gonzalez Castro
"El Erotico"
Leftfield
Carlos Vera Calva
"Z-18"
Shortstop
Omar Trevino Morales
"Z-42", "Comandante Forty Two"
Firstbase
Arturo Guzmán Decena
"Z-1"
Centerfield
Nabor Vargas Garcia
"Z-20", "El Debora"
Thirdbase
Mateo Díaz López
"Comandante Mateo"
Secondbase
Galindo Mellado Cruz
"Z-9", "Comandante Mellado"
Catcher
Efraín Teodoro Torres
"Z-14", "El Chispa"
Rightfield
Osiel Cárdenas Guillén
"El Mata Amigos"
Pitcher
MLB Execs
Bob Starkey
Chief Financial Officer & Senior Advisor
Shortstop
Thomas C. Brasuell
Vice President for Community Affairs
Thirdbase
Jonathan Mariner
Chief Investment Officer
Rightfield
Tony Petitti
Chief Operating Officer
Leftfield
Dan Halem
Chief Legal Officer
Centerfield
Pat Courtney
Chief Communications Officer
Firstbase
Allan H. Selig
MLB Commissioner Emeritus
Catcher
Bob Bowman
MLB President
Secondbase
Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner
Pitcher

Major League Baseball knows -- and ignores -- how Cuban players are preyed upon by a violent criminal underworld that smuggles them to professional teams, according to several lawyers who have investigated this black market.

"There are too many times, too many instances where they've looked the other way," former prosecutor Ben Daniel told CNNMoney. "They just had to know. They had to know."

Daniel investigated one of these smuggling rings a decade ago, putting its top smuggler behind bars. He calls MLB's conduct "blind, willful ignorance."

[O]ne MLB scout said the league is well aware of the black market that supplies baseball players, though it's not their job to police it.

Johnny DiPuglia is an international scout for the Washington Nationals. "There's a criminal element to it," DiPuglia told CNNMoney, referring to the path Cuban players take before getting to the United States. "My only concern is getting these guys to the majors." [from CNNMoney article by Jose Pagliery and Ahiza Garcia. December 15, 2016]

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     Inn. 1:  Los Zetas
[Starter] Manfred
Castro            K          . . .
Calva             8          . . .
Morales           1B         . . X
Decena            2B         . X . 1
Garcia            HR         . . . 2
Lopez             3          . . .
     Inn. 1: MLB Execs
[Starter] Guillen
Starkey           K          . . .
Brasuell          8          . . .
Mariner           K          . . .
     Inn. 2:  Los Zetas
Cruz              8          . . .
Torres            6-3        . . .
Guillen           1B         . . X
Castro            9          . . X
     Inn. 2: MLB Execs
Petitti           3          . . .
Halem             8          . . .
Courtney          K          . . .
     Inn. 3:  Los Zetas
Calva             4-3        . . .
Morales           2-3        . . .
Decena            2B         . X .
Garcia            1B         . . X 1
Lopez             5-3        . X .
     Inn. 3: MLB Execs
Selig             1B         . . X
Bowman            6-4 F      . . X
Manfred           2-3 SAC    . X .
Starkey           9          . X .
     Inn. 4:  Los Zetas
Cruz              BB         . . X
Torres            8          . . X
Guillen           2-3 SAC    . X .
Castro            4-3        X . .
     Inn. 4: MLB Execs
Brasuell          1B         . . X
Mariner           8          . . X
Petitti           K          . . X
Halem             BB         . X X
Courtney          6-4 F      X . X
     Inn. 5:  Los Zetas
Calva             7          . . .
Morales           1B         . . X
Decena            6-4-3 DP   . . .
     Inn. 5: MLB Execs
Selig             K          . . .
Bowman            6-3        . . .
Manfred           K          . . .
     Inn. 6:  Los Zetas
Garcia            K          . . .
Lopez             K          . . .
Cruz              7          . . .
     Inn. 6: MLB Execs
Starkey           K          . . .
Brasuell          K          . . .
Mariner           6          . . .
     Inn. 7:  Los Zetas
Torres            7          . . .
Guillen           8          . . .
Castro            2B         . X .
Calva             1B         . . X 1
Morales           2 (Foul)   . . X
     Inn. 7: MLB Execs
Petitti           BB         . . X
Halem             4          . . X
Courtney          1B         . X X
Selig             BB         X X X
Bowman            8 SACF     X . X 1
Manfred           K          X . X
     Inn. 8:  Los Zetas
Decena            BB         . . X
Garcia            4-3 DP!    . . .
Lopez             8          . . .
     Inn. 8: MLB Execs
Starkey           1B         . . X
Brasuell          1-6 F      . . X
Mariner           K          . . X
Petitti           5          . . X
     Inn. 9:  Los Zetas
Cruz              6-3        . . .
Torres            7          . . .
Guillen           BB         . . X
Castro            9          . . X
     Inn. 9: MLB Execs
Halem             K          . . .
Courtney          1B         . . X
Selig             9          . . X
Bowman            K          . . X
Los Zetas Win, 5-1

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Game Date January 17, 2017
Game Duration 2hours, 47minutes
Game Weather Cloudy. 61oF.
Wind NE 8mph
Umpires Fidel H. Beltrán

John Martorano

Arnold Rothstein

Game MCP
Most Cosmic Player
Arturo Guzmán Decena
Official Scorer George Will
Game Announcer Ernesto Guevara
Simulation 01142017194258