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Cuba’s Serie Nacional Suspends Seven From Cienfuegos; Announces Forfeit By Industriales

 Leif Skodnick  |    May 1st, 2024 1:25pm EDT

The Serie Nacional, the top league in Cuba, announced that seven members of the Elefantes de Cienfuegos have been suspended for their actions in Sunday’s game against Camaguey.

Richel López, Félix Rodríguez, Luis Vicente Mateo, Luis Serpa, Dany Oramas, Samuel Calderón, and manager Jorge Rodríguez are all suspended for one game. They will serve the suspension during Tuesday’s 12-3 loss at Mayabeque.

The six players and manager were suspended following a confrontation with the home plate umpire, Yosvani Simon, in the bottom of the 10th inning when Simon called a Camaguey runner safe at the plate with the winning run.

Cienfuegos catcher Richel Lopez immediately confronted Simon, and both dugouts emptied, with enraged members of the Elefantes trying to get at the umpires and Camaguey players and other persons trying to protect the umpires and calm the situation.

A full video of the incident is below.

Industriales Forfeits Game Due to Ineligible Player – Industriales de La Habana was ruled to have used an ineligible player in their April 30 game against the Cazadores de Artemisa, and the game, which the Industriales won 8-7, has been forfeited to Artemisa.

“In game 298, held on April 30, the Industriales team used an ineligible player, Ariel Hechavarria Calvo, who had been on the reserve list since April 17 and had not been activated again,” a post on X by the Serie Nacional said in Spanish.

“Therefore, the game is forfeited in favor of the Artemisa team, with a score of 9-0, based on the regulations of the 63rd Serie Nacional de Beisbol, article 1.6: ‘To the team that, violating the indications set forth in this section, allows the unauthorized athlete to play, all matches in which he or she has participated will be forfeited.'”

Hechevarria went 1-for-1 with a run scored in the game, which was played at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana.