• Ray Otero-Alonso

2022 All-Star Game rosters announced


Victoria de Girón Stadium in Matanzas, host city of the 2022 All-Star Game. (Photo: EFE)

The rosters of the Western and Eastern teams for the 2022 Cuban National Series All-Star Game (ASG) have been named, as announced today by the Cuban Baseball Federation. The rosters were unveiled earlier this afternoon on Jit, Cuba's main sports newspaper.


A total of 26 players were selected per team, that will have Mayabeque's manager Michael González leading the Western Team, while Sancti Spíritus' manager Eriel Sánchez will be in charge of the Eastern All-Star Team.


One change in the selection process for both teams is that now players selected from the Sancti Spíritus team will be part of the Eastern All-Star roster, while players from the Villa Clara team, included in the ASG, will be playing for the Western All-Star roster. The geographical position of both territories - Sancti Spíritus province is closest to the East part of Cuba while Villa Clara province is closest to the West side of the island - was the key factor in this important change for this year and future games.


The 2022 All-Star Weekend will include on Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 pm (ET), the Home Run Derby, the traditional players "skills test", followed by a Little League exhibition game featuring teams from Bayamo (Granma) and Matanzas. On Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 pm (ET), the 2022 All-Star Game will be played at Victoria de Girón Stadium in Matanzas.


2022 ASG - Western Roster:


Pitchers (10): Yulián Quintana (May), Yosvani Torres (Pri), Naykel Cruz (Mtz), Erlis Casanova (Pri), Yoenni Yera (Mtz), Marlon Vega (May), Hermes González (Cfg), Kendry Hernández (Ijv), Yamichel Pérez (Mtz), and Luis A. Padrino (Ijv).


Catchers (2): Richel López (Cfg), and Oscar Valdés (Ind).


Infielders (8): Yasiel Santoya (Ind), Reidel Pedraza (Vcl), Osbel Pacheco (Art), Juan M. Martínez (May), Andrés Hernández (Ind), Dayán García (Art), Juan C. Arencibia (Pri), and Sandy Menocal (Ind).


Outfielders (5): Juan C. López (Vcl), Yasniel González (May), Carlos de la Tejera (Art), Eliseo Rojas (Ijv), and Yusniel Ibáñez (Cfg).


DH (1): William Saavedra (Pri).


Manager: Michael González (May).


2022 ASG - Eastern Roster:


Pitchers (10): Ariel E. Zequeira (Ssp), Danny Betancourt (Scu), Joen Socarrás (Ssp), Yoandri Montero (Scu), Juan S. Contreras (Cmg), César García (Grm), Alexander Valiente (Gtm), Carlos Juan Viera (Ltu), Alejandro Meneses (Ltu), and Kelbis Rodríguez (Grm).


Catchers (2): Rafael Viñales (Ltu), and Alfredo Fadraga (Cav).


Infielders (8): Yordanis Samón (Cmg), Pedro P. Revilla (Gtm), Raúl González (Cav), Dasiel Sevila (Scu), Adriel Labrada (Scu), Yordanis Alarcón (Ltu), Alexander Ayala (Cmg), and Moisés Esquerrés (Ssp).


Outfielders (5): Yoelkis Guibert (Scu), Over L. Cremé (Gtm), Alexquemer Sánchez (Grm), Carlos Gómez (Ssp), and Leonel Moas (Cmg).


DH (1): Frederich Cepeda (Ssp).


Manager: Eriel Sánchez (Ssp).

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