In the last years the baseball teams from Cienfuegos for the national series have excelled due to their pitching staffs. Today the current pre selection reinforces training aiming for the coming domestic classic championship, with a staff in which youth prevails but also experience to face the main sport event of our country.
On the preparation carried out we spoke with several athletes. Jorge Hernández, one of the pillars of the staff expressed his opinions.
“Actually I have trained like never before, due to the possibility of integrating the rotation of opening pitchers of the staff. Formerly everything had been less rigorous since I had been part of Cuban juvenile teams. This time I have been here since the beginning of the preparation and I tell you that we have surpassed expectations. The base camp in Rancho Luna Beach fitted perfectly for the stage. I feel quite well.”
“Of course we aim for the qualification and as for myself I expect to achieve 6 or 7 victories. The future?; logically to make it to the national team, although I feel no rush, I think it is a reachable objective”.
In the opinion of coaches, Luis Guzmán is one of the players showing greater progress from one season to the other.
“It is the result of great endeavor and the work done by all the trainers- stated this pitcher from Lajas municipality- I´m doing my best since I would like to wear the Elephants uniform again. I have added new pitches and I try to prefect them to help the team more.
Since the reopening of the training stages a true extra class pitcher assumed the transmission of his experiences. We are talking about Adiel Palma, authority at the time of qualifying the staff.
“In general they are all young players but all of them have played in some national series. The work done in the previous year was quite good, that is why we have focused only on the deficiencies detected in the precedent period. We work a lot with videos, new pitching strategies. The main objective is that they learn something new every day, since this is a position that requires a lot of information. I have no doubt that pitchers will be a cornerstone for the team and lefty pitchers will amaze the audience again; that is a particularity of ours and fortunately we will keep it”.