Cuba Dugout Featured in Playoff Magazine

Playoff Magazine is an upstart Spanish Language chronicle exploring all aspects of Cuban sport. They recently featured Cubadugout and my photographic journey on the island. You can download their June edition HERE. But here is a little sneak peek at the feature in their Shutter Speed Section.

Estadio LatinoAmericano (Havana) via Cubadugout as featured in Playoff Magazine

Originally I was dedicated to documenting baseball and soon discovered that my favorite subject was stadiums. The stadiums in Cuba, although in different states of conservation, are still striking. One of my biggest thrills on recent trips was being able to spend time on the Industriales bench and on the grounds of the Estadio LatinoAmericano. My other best memories are the relationships I have forged with various players. Cuba and Canada really converged in 2016 when Industriales first baseman Alexander Malleta played professionally in Ottawa. I have photographed him many times since then and now I can call him friend.

Phil Selig (Cubadugout) via Playoff Magazine

My photos have also been shared by the platform in the past. This Instagram post is looking at Yuli Gurriel during his time in Cuba. I captured this image during a trip to Havana in January 2016. Gurriel would soon leave the island and sign with The Houston Astros. He is on the cusp of his second World Series appearance and won the 2021 American League batting title. Check out Playoff Magazine’s social media channels and give them a follow.

Check out another one of my Photo essays via https://www.cubadugout.com as I recently looked back at my visit to the Cradle of Cuban Baseball. Palmar de Junco in Matanzas was the home of Cuba’s first organized baseball game in 1874. The small diamond is still preserved today. Check it out via the link below and check back frequently for features and photos of Cuba’s National Game.

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