A seismic shift in relations with Cuba had many in US baseball salivating Thursday at the prospect of a flood of talent from the Caribbean country where America’s “national pastime” is a passion. Major League Baseball made a measured response to the news on Wednesday that the United States and Cuba would end five decades of Cold War hostility and move to revive diplomatic ties and ease a crippling US trade embargo. The sanctions, and Cuba’s refusal to allow players there to seek employment in the United States, have made for an arduous path for Cuban baseballers who defy their government and seek to pursue careers in America. Amid speculation that the trickle of talent from Cuba could become a torrent, and the country could surpass the Dominican Republic and Venezuela as top Latin American sources for Major League players, MLB and the players’ union were cautious.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.

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Despite deep political and ideological differences over the years, Cuba and the United States always have shared a love of baseball.

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By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There will be no immediate flow of top Cuban players into Major League Baseball despite the major U.S. policy shift toward the communist-run island, experts on baseball in Cuba said on Wednesday. Any move to let Cuban players leave their country freely will not happen for at least several years, said author Pete Bjarkman, who has written extensively about Cuban baseball. “I don’t think it will have any real visible immediate impact,” Bjarkman said of the policy change. “Cuba wants to maintain its strong baseball at home. …

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio’s Hamilton County has adopted a do-it-yourself approach to fix stadium seats in the Great American Ball Park that are unexpectedly falling apart.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The highest-ranking Hispanic woman in a management position at Major League Baseball headquarters said in a lawsuit on Thursday she has faced discrimination there for two decades.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s a good thing Dave Dombrowski and Walt Jocketty didn’t remain in their suites with those shiny ”Do Not Disturb” signs on their doors. The two old friends might never have known they had rooms right across the hall at baseball’s winter meetings.

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The sound of a ringing phone provides the sound track to the four-day event known as baseball’s Winter Meetings. With deals seemingly always in the works, staying in touch with team executives, other general managers, agents and the players themselves is an essential and never-ending responsibility. And even though the baseball world converges in one spot, it covers a lot of ground, meaning phone conversations are often the quickest way to connect. The point we’re making is that phones are ringing so frequently, those on hand will probably hear several different ringtones in their sleep for weeks to come. With that in mind though, the one time you’re almost assured to escape it is at a press conference announcing an already completed trade. That wasn’t the case on Thursday. As Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and his Detroit Tigers counterpart Dave Drombrowski came together to announce a deal sending starting pitcher Alfredo Simon to the Motor City , they were interrupted by the tones of Jocketty’s cell phone.    It was actually a comical scene. Both general managers instinctively reached for their phone at the same time like it was some sort of parody, with a clearly relieved Dombrowski exclaiming, “It’s you” when he realized his screen was clear. Jocketty blamed the call on his wife, who he said was probably wondering when he was coming home. True or not, we’re not sure how that will go over when he does get home. Others have speculated that Jocketty was already on to the next deal, given that Mat Latos was traded to the Miami Marlins a short time later.  Whatever the case is, we’re guessing both guys will remember to put the phone on vibrate before the next press conference. In the meantime, we thank them for giving us a light moment to wrap up what turned out to be a wild week in San Diego.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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