A few years ago, I wrote about a TBO.com article describing the arrival of legendary Cuban baseball player Antonio Pacheco to Tampa. Pacheco was a member of multiple Cuban National Teams and a two-time gold medal winner.
Since retiring from the field, Pacheco moved to the coaching side of the game.
In my 2014 article, I discussed how hiring Pacheco would be a great move for one of the local teams.
If the Rays don’t invite Pecheco to Tropicana Field, the Tampa Yankees should definitely seize the opportunity, as they are the closest team to Ybor City and the Cuban-American community.
Sure enough, I was right. Last season, the Yankees signed Pacheco to work with their Gulf Coast Yankees instructional team. This year, he has been promoted to the coaching staff of the Tampa Yankees.
Not only does Pacheco bring years of baseball knowledge to the Tampa Yankees, he is also an attraction for the Cuban community. With relations starting to warm, and the Rays playing an exhibition against the Cuban National Team next week, the baseball connection between Tampa and Cuba is growing strong again.
I’m curious how the Yankees will employ Pacheco. Will he be only a coach or will he be an ambassador for the team?