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Press Release

01/20/2006 3:35 PM ET
MLB, Players Association statements regarding Cuba and the World Baseball Classic

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig and Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Donald M. Fehr issued the following statements today regarding the U.S. Department of Treasury’s decision to grant a license allowing the Cuban National Team to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Commissioner Selig said: “I wish to thank the Department of State and the Department of Treasury for their assistance in securing the approvals necessary for Cuba to participate in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in March. The federal government thoughtfully and diligently helped us bring the application process to a successful conclusion. Now, with Cuba’s entry in the tournament approved, the World Baseball Classic promises to be an historic event and will guarantee our fans the greatest possible competition among the best players in the world.”

Fehr said: “We are grateful for the cooperation of the Departments of State and Treasury. The license we have been given opens the way for the Cuban Baseball Federation's participation, along with other federations from around the world, in the inaugural Baseball Classic, and we now look forward with even greater anticipation to the opening of the tournament in early March.”