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Wednesday March 23, 2016, Blog of Jeff Idelson, President of Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

With the game over and most of the Major League Baseball traveling party departed, my day started with a meeting at the ballpark. Federation President Higinio Velez and members of his staff hosted the meeting. Jean, who has photographed baseball in Cuba a number of times, was also there, given her familiarity with the Federation. So was Lou Schwechheimer and Tommy Goodman with The Caribbean Baseball Initiative (CBI), a U.S.-based foundation whose mission is to use baseball to build a bridge between the U.S. and Cuba. We met in a stadium conference room. We talked about a potential Hall of Fame and Museum at the stadium. We discussed exhibit concepts and program ideas. We toured the prospective site with Omar Linares, a retired Cuban star third baseman with 404 home runs, second most in Cuban baseball history. I secured an Industriales T-shirt for my son and a hat for myself.

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