Daily Archives: June 24, 2015

Kendrys Morales goes from raft to Royals’ slugger


JUNE 2015 – Some take the fast track to the big leagues, like Yordano “Ace” Ventura and Eric Hosmer, who make their Kansas City Royals debuts at age 21.

Others, like Paulo Orlando (nine years) and Yohan Pino (11 years) trek through the minors for seemingly a baseball eternity before ever trying on a major league jersey.

Kendrys Morales took a more arduous and dangerous path to reach the majors. It included a dozen raft trips and jail time. Morales is from Cuba and communist dictator Fidel Castro prefers his baseball players to remain on the island, not defect to the United States.