Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Baseball's Cuban influence resonates daily in the achievements of some wondrous talents in the field and on the mound. It's evident in Aroldis Chapman's triple-digit radar-gun readings in Cincinnati and Jose Fernandez's extraordinary four-pitch repertoire in Miami. Yasiel Puig is a magnet for attention and jersey sales in Los Angeles and Yoenis Cespedes has become a pivotal figure in the middle of Oakland's batting order. Jose Dariel Abreu the latest Cuban-born player intent on pursuing a new life in the majors defected in August and took up residence in the Dominican Republic. Now he's navigating the obligatory red tape with help from Bart Hernandez who has guided Jorge Soler Leonys Martin Adeiny Hechavarria and other Cuban players through the transition to the majors as an agent with the Praver-Shapiro group. Abreu 26 flirted with two Triple Crowns in the Cuban National Series league where he established his credentials as a 30-homer man and middle-of-the-order force. He hit .36...
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