Yoelvis Fiss Ciego de Avila Through My Lens

Before I began capturing video and writing about Cuban baseball, my photos connected me with the Cuban baseball community. Some of my early photos were the first to circulate as the internet was in it’s naissance. I have had the good fortune to return many times and capture the Cuban National Team in Canada as well. Join me in a new series where I share some of my favourite photos and tell the Stories of some of Cuba’s best players. Today let’s look at Yoelvis Fiss Ciego de Avila Through My Lens.

Yoelvis Fiss Ciego de Avila Tigres centerfielder has announced that the 60th Cuban National Series was his last. The longtime middle outfielder for the Ciego steps away after 21 National Series. He debuted in 2000 at the age of 20 and sports a lifetime .291 batting average. Fiss also provided some punch as he eclipsed double digit home runs in 10 of his first 11 seasons.

Yoelvis Fiss with Ciego de Avila Tigres via Phil Selig
Yoelvis Fiss with Ciego de Avila Tigres via Phil Selig
Yoelvis Fiss with Ciego de Avila Tigres via Phil Selig

His peak season came in 2007-2008 when he hit .350 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI and stole 14 bases as well. Yoelvis was a key piece of the Tigres championship squads in 2012, 2015 & 2016. The veteran was held in high enough regard that all world talent Luis Robert a natural centerfielder was moved to left. Fiss was regarded as a solid contact bat with above average power at a key defensive position in centerfield.

It is doubtful whether Fiss was ever considered an MLB prospect. He none the less represents a player we are less likely to see moving forward. With the attrition of talent on the island I predict we will see fewer players spend their entire 20 year career in the National Series. The retirements of Fiss, Stayler Hernández and Yoandry Urgellés represent yet another stage in the Cuban leagues transition.

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Phil Selig

Canada’s Top Expert on Cuban Baseball. I first ventured to the island in 2012 with camera in hand and captured some of the future baseball stars of the world. I have returned many times immersing myself in the game and culture. Get inside the Dugout for a unique look at Cuban Baseball.