Former major league pitcher Jose Contreras has become the first athlete who defected from Cuba to return to his native land, thanks to a recent Cuban law that has eased travel restrictions, even for "high-level defectors."
Contreras, 41, left Cuba in 2002 to play in the majors. In his 10-year career, he has compiled a 78-67 record with a 4.55 ERA in 292 appearances (175 starts). He has one World Series title, with the White Sox in 2005. He was 3-1 in four starts that postseason.
According to nbclatino.com, Contreras has been photographed recently in his hometown of Las Martinas, Pinar del Rio meeting with fans and training, and that he is back in Cuba because his mother was recovering from surgery to have a limb amputated. The site also said that Contreras had no problems entering the country.
"Already, in the plane, I was crying. This is something big that I had waited 10 years for," Contreras reportedly told CNN while fans in Cuba lined up to be photographed with him. "It's yea...