Originally written on Minus Twenty-Two  |  Last updated 11/20/14

While Yoenis Cespedes was putting together an impressive rookie season — hitting .292 and smashing 23 home runs — last year as the A’s rallied to win the division, the outfielder was going through harrowing times off the field as his family attempted to leave Cuba and join him in the United States. Cespedes journey from Cuba the year before went relatively smooth, though it did have its share of problems along the way. The journey for his mother and relatives, however, included unimaginable hardships that sound like something out of “Survivor” or “Cast Away.” In August last year, Cespedes’ family, by this time with residency established in the Dominican Republic, attempted to make their way by boat to Turks and Caicos, hoping to elude Cespedes’ former agent, whom they did not trust. Along the way, however, their boat ran into problems, as the Chronicle explains in a profile of their trying expedition: The voyage lasted 12 hours and ended short. At 6 a.m., the two drivers stopped at...
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