DOU LIOU CITY, Taiwan (Yonhap News) ― A practice game between the Cuban national baseball team and a South Korean professional club was canceled Thursday over a dispute of the game ball, officials said.
Cuba was to face the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization at Dou Liou Baseball Stadium here in Taiwan, as part of preparations for the March 2-19 World Baseball Classic. According to NC officials, the two sides had previously agreed that they would each pitch their own choice of the ball. But just before the game, Cuba demanded that a ball made by the U.S. brand Brett Bros. be used by both teams.
“The ball had thick and wide seams, and it posed injury risks for our pitchers,” one NC official said. “Then Cuba suggested we both play with a Taiwanese ball. That ball also had big seams and we said we didn’t want to play with it. Finally, the Cubans brought out a mysterious ball, and again we told them we couldn’t play with it.”