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Touring the ballparks of Cuba - Estadio Santiago Changa Maderos

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Touring the ballparks of Cuba
Baseball in Cuba
The Teams of Cuba
Estadio Latinoamericano (Havana)
Estadio Santiago Changa Maderos
Estadio Capitan San Luis (Pinar del Rio)
Estadio Pedro Marrero/Tropical (Havana)
Estadio Cinqo de Septiembre (Cienfuegos)
Estadio Jose Antonio Huelga (Sancti Spiritus)
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Estadio Santiago "Changa" Maderos (Havana)
This is the much-smaller (10,000 seats), much less equipped ballpark in the city of Havana, mainly used as the home park of Los Metropolitanos, and sometimes the Los Industriales. Located in a more remote area than Latinoamericano, this park is similar to many of the rural ballparks we visited. There are no seats in the park, just rows of cement tiers; all seating is in foul territory around the bases, with no outfield bleachers.

Estadio Santiago

The men's room had no running water, just a cement trench. There was a vendor with sandwiches and peanuts, but he was outside and did not seem too busy. The press box was tiny, holding maybe four people, built into the back of the grandstand, and the scoreboard is small and simple. The one very positive feature of the park is the canopy that covers the entire seating area, so all the fans are in the shade much of the time.

changamaderos

One good feature, from a photographer's point of view: The entire grandstand is behind a tall chain link fence, which hampers photography, but in key spots just past first and third, the chain link has been cut and pulled away, clearing the way for cameras. Raise a glass to the unknown guerrilla photographers....

changamaderos

The style of play in Cuba is very entertaining. There were several great fielding plays and stolen bases, and a close play at home where the Metros runner was called safe, probably incorrectly. While the visiting team, Villa Clara, was up, their pitcher and a few players argued with the umpire from the dugout and were warned. When they went back out on the field, the large Villa Clara pitcher kept arguing with the ump until his manager pulled him. Walking back to the dugout, he kept yelling and gesturing to the local fans, until the manager came out and yanked him into the dugout. The fans had a great time.