USA Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation announced today that their
Collegiate National Team programs will compete for the second consecutive year in an international
friendship series. Last year, the two countries resumed friendship series play at the collegiate level after a
16-year hiatus, with Team USA traveling to Havana for a five-game series – the host nation won the
The 2013 edition will see the Cuban National Team travel to the United States, and feature games across
three states from July 18-23.
“We are extremely excited to host the Cuban National Team this year,” said USA Baseball Executive
Director/CEO, Paul Seiler. “Renewing our friendship series last year was a historic step for two countries
that share an extremely rich baseball history. We hope with the success last year in Havana and this
year’s series in the United States, we will build the foundation to continue this series for the foreseeable
“Hosting the United States in 2012 was the culmination of hard work by both the U.S. and Cuba,” said
International Baseball Federation Vice President, Antonio Castro. “The games in Havana were an
incredibly positive experience for the players and fans, and we look forward to the same kind of
atmosphere this year in the United States.”
The series will be the first in the U.S., between the two baseball-rich countries since Cuba won a fivegame
series, 3-2, in 1996, held in Minor League ballparks across four southern U.S. states.
"Playing in Cuba was one of the best experiences of my playing career," said 2012 Collegiate National
Team pitcher, Carlos Rodon (North Carolina State), who will return in 2013. "I flew straight down from the
Golden Spikes Award ceremony in New York, there was no way I was going to miss that trip. It meant a
lot for me and my family to visit Cuba, and the opportunity to play against that competition while
representing my country made the experience even better."
In 2013, the teams will take the field for the first time on July 18 in Des Moines, Iowa. Hosted by the Iowa
Cubs at Principal Park, Team USA will play its first game in Des Moines since defeating Chinese Taipei, 7-
1, in 2000.
On July 19 and 20, the Omaha Storm Chasers and the Omaha Sports Commission will host games two
and three of the international friendship series at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb. The games will continue a
recent tradition of the Collegiate National Team playing in Omaha. In 2010, USA Baseball hosted Japan at
Rosenblatt Stadium, and in 2011, hosted Japan at TD Ameritrade Park Omah