LINARES IZQUIERDO :
He is considered the best Cuban baseball player
of all times. It was no chance he was offered up to 40 million
dollars to play for professional teams, but he rejected all
In his hometown of San Juan y Martínez, the land of the
best tobacco of the world, and encouraged by the example of
his father, Fidel Linares, a formidable player of the 60's,
he started early to practice baseball, together with his brother
Juan Carlos, and he did well in any position.
From the beginning he was nicknamed "El niño"
(the kid). At the age of 16, he debuted in the Cuban national
series and he established himself as a top-ranking player for
21 seasons and always played for the teams of the westernmost
province of Pinar del Río.
In 2002, at the age of 34, he received the exceptional authorization
to play in the Japanese professional baseball league.
As time goes by, he pleasurably recalls when he wore for the
first time, in 1985, the uniform of the Cuban national team,
which he defended for 15 years, long enough to become a key
element in the Olympic victories in Barcelona and Atlanta, as
well as in the second place in Sydney.
Being an incomparable powerful hitter to every angle of the
field, an excellent third baseman, and a disciplined uniting
element in the team are traits that have always characterized
this baseball player.
He has been elected Deputy of the National Assembly of People's
Power during two periods of five years each, in which he has
combined his responsibilities as a sportsman and member of the