Cuban League All-Stars Paced by Unanimous Choice of Alfredo Despaigne

Earlier I reported my personal ballot for the National Series #48 (2008-2009) Cuban League All-Star team. Below are the just-released  final results of the recent Cuban media poll for this season’s league all-star squad. A total of 33 votes were cast (31 island journalists plus USA-based correspondents Peter C. Bjarkman and Ray Otero of The only unanimous choice for the mythical team was Granma outfielder Alfredo Despaigne, this season’s home run and RBI leader. The second highest vote getter was Ciego de Avila closer (relief pitcher) Vladimir Garcia. The named selections are as follows:


AlfDespaigne17.jpgPhoto-Alfredo Despaigne (Granma)

Catcher- Roland Merino (Santiago de Cuba) 27 votes

Frist Base- Yorelvis Charles (Ciego de Avila) 22 votes

Second Base- Yoilan Cerce (Guatanamo) 20 votes

Third Base- Yulieski Gourriel (Sancti Spiritus) 22 votes

Shortstop- Alexander Guerrero (Las Tunas) 16 votes

Outfield- Alfredo Despaigne (Granma) 33 votes

Outfield- Giorvis Duvergel (Guantanamo) 27 votes)

Outfield- Yoennis Cespedes (Granma) 16 votes

Designated Hitter- Lerys Aguilera (Holguin) 20 votes

Utility Player- Leonys Martin (Villa Clara) 10 votes

RHP- Yunieski Maya (Pinar del Ri­­o) 21 votes

LHP- Maikel Folch (Ciego de Avila) 26 votes)

Reliever- Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila) 32 votes


An interesting footnote here is the fact that Holgui­­n southpaw Aroldis Chapman does not appear on this listing of popular press choices. Does this perhaps speak volumes about the true prospects of the recent defector labeled this past week by many in the North American press as “the best left handed prospect on the planet”?


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