MLB’s ugly secret is being exposed
Yasiel Puig’s shadowy journey from Cuba to the big leagues is getting a lot of attention, but he’s far from alone.
Baseball’s ugliest secret is now out in the open, and it is even worse than imagined. Not only does the sport find itself in the middle of a human-trafficking scheme in which men and women have allegedly been kidnapped, held hostage, forced to sign binding documents at gun- and knifepoint, threatened with mutilation and terrorized by those from some of the world’s most murderous gangs, top officials from Major League Baseball and the players’ union have shown little inclination to remedy even the smallest of problems in the web of chaos involving Cuban defectors.
More than two decades of misguided policy have left the league in an untenable situation, surrounded by sociopolitical mines. While the past is irreversible, MLB and the union’s present misplacement of priorities – of not spending time, energy and resources to better understand what it can do to untie the knot it cinched – is egregious and must soon be remedied. Just because no clear solutions exist does not excuse the sport from shoving the Cuban paradox under the carpet as it has for years, particularly considering the latest news that a gang might want to kill one of its biggest stars.