My Cuban League National Series #48 All-Star Ballot

I have the honor of being one of only two journalists outside of the island of Cuba to cast an official ballot (one of 30 total ballots) in selecting the year-end Cuban League all-stars, plus MVP and ROY selections. The other non-Cuban resident invited to vote in the official Cuban press poll is my colleague Ray Otero at www.baseballdecuba.com. Below is the ballot I cast in this year’s post-season elections.

 

 

YPedroso10.jpgYadier Pedroso (Habana Provice), National Series #48 ERA champion, is Bjarkman’s choice for 2009 Cuban League Most Valuable Player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cuban League 2009 All-Star Selections

Catcher: Rolando Meriño (Santiago de Cuba)

First Base: Leslie Anderson (Camagüey)

Second Base: Yolian Cercé (Guantánamo)

Third Base: Yulieski Gourriel (Sancti Spíritus)

Shortstop: Aledmis Díaz (Villa Clara)

Outfielder: Frederich Cepeda (Sancti Spíritus)

Outfielder: Alfredo Despaigne (Granma)

Outfielder: Yoennis Céspedes (Granma)

DH: Yenier Bello (Sancti Spíritus)

Utility Man: Yoandy Galobo (Matanzas)

Pitcher (Right Hander): Yunieski Maya (Pinar del Río)

Pitcher (Left Hander): Maikel Folich (Ciego de Avila)

Pitcher (Reliever): Vladimir García (Ciego de Avila)

 

Cuba League 2009 All-Defensive Team (Golden Gloves)

Catcher: Rolando Meriño (Santiago de Cuba)

First Base: Leslie Anderson (Camagüey)

Second Base: Mario Vega (Ciego de Avila)

Third Base: Yulieski Gourriel (Sancti Spíritus)

Shortstop: Yorbis Borroto (Ciego de Avila)

Outfielder: Ruby Silva (Habana Province)

Outfielder: Jorge Padrón (Pinar del Río)

Outfielder: Leonys Martin (Villa Clara)

Pitcher: Ismel Jiménez (Sancti Spíritus)

 

Rookie of the Year (Top Three Selections)

First Place (3 points): Dennis Laza (OF) (Habana Province)

Second Place (2 points): Ramon Lunar (OF) (Villa Clara)

Third Place (1 point): Aledmis Díaz (SS) (Villa Clara)

 

Most Valuable Player (Top Three Selections)

First Place (3 points): Yadier Pedroso (P) (Habana Province)

Second Place (2 points): Yorelvis Charles (IF) (Ciego de Avila)

Third Place (1 point): Yulieski Gourriel (IF) (Sancti Spíritus)

 

Post-Season MVP and ROY (2009 Playoffs)

Most Valuable Player: Miguel Alfredo González (P) (Habana Province)

Top Rookie: Ramon Lunar(OF) (Villa Clara)

 

Manager of the Year

Esteban Lombillo (Habana Province)

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