Plans underway to bring Cuban baseball team to Biloxi for match up

Plans underway to bring Cuban baseball team to Biloxi for match up

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Plans are in the works to bring a Cuban baseball team to Biloxi to play against the Shuckers. Tim Bennett, Biloxi Shuckers owner, says delegates from Cuba are coming to the coast this week to discuss the details of this potential series.

"We've been in negotiations with some delegates from Cuba regarding a Cuban baseball team coming over to participate in an exhibition game here," said Bennett. The delegates will arrive Thursday. "We'll be spending the days with them finalizing the deal."

Bennett has been working with Bobby Carter, the Golden Nugget's director of community development, to make this trip happen. Carter said the delegates will be staying in a hotel at the Golden Nugget.

Bennett said the trip won't be all business though. He plans on taking the group to MGM Stadium to do a site check, take them to dinner and show off what the coast has to offer.

The Shuckers owner said the Cuban team he's trying to get to Biloxi is the Industriales, which he says is equivalent to minor league teams in the United States. But Bennett also has bigger international goals for baseball and Biloxi.

"My goal is to have the Biloxi International Games, abbreviated as BIG. BIG would bring in teams from all over the world to play against one another in Biloxi. For example, Cuba versus China." Bennett said he's already working to get Korean ball clubs to come play on the coast.

As for the match up for the Shuckers and the Industriales, Bennett says he wants that series would happen this year.

"My hopes would be for it to happen in the fall when our season is over. Possibly late summer, early fall. Maybe in September."

Construction on MGM Stadium is still underway. The Shuckers season opening game is set for April 9th in Pensacola. The first home game is planned for April 20th.

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