Lourdes Gurriel Sr. enjoys seeing his sons in the MLB where he couldn’t play

Lourdes Gurriel Sr. was a star player in Cuba from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. He wasn’t allowed to play in the major leagues in the USA due to political restrictions by his country.

His sons, Yuliesky and Lourdes Jr., got the opportunity he didn’t have, and they are now playing in the big leagues. Yuli will be starting his fourth season with the Houston Astros, while Lourdes Jr. will begin his second season with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Follow the link below to a story from mlb.com about the Gurriel family:

https://www.mlb.com/news/yuli-and-lourdes-gurriel-jr-live-dads-dream/c-302419012

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Yuli Gurriel’s Baseball Lineage has Cuban Roots

Houston Astros first baseman Yuliesky Gurriel is a 33-year-old rookie this year.  The reason for his late start in the major leagues is that he defected from Cuba in early 2016, along with his brother Lourdes Jr.

Before coming to the United States, Yuli had a 15-year career in Cuba, where he played professionally and helped the national team win gold medals in the 2004 Olympics and the World Cup in 2003 and 2005.

He is the son of Lourdes Gurriel Sr., who was a long-time player and coach in Cuba.  Yuli’s brother signed a professional contract with the Toronto Blue Jays last November and played in their farm system this season.

To read more about Yuli Gurriel’s career, follow the links below:

http://m.startribune.com/astros-gurriel-goes-from-cuban-star-to-world-series-hopeful/451787383/?section=sports

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/10/17/gurriel-brothers-keeping-in-touch-during-mlb-playoffs