Contreras pays visit to homeland Cuba
January 30, 2013
By The Associated Press
HAVANA (AP) - Jose Contreras has received a rousing welcome in his return to Cuba 10 years after defecting.
The major league pitcher is the first athlete to take advantage of a new migratory law that makes it easier for defectors who have long been considered traitors to visit their homeland.
Dissident Roman Catholic activist Dagoberto Valdes says Contreras received a hero's welcome in the western city of Pinar del Rio.
He says Contreras took pictures on Wednesday with fans in a park among hundreds of onlookers.
Contreras walked away while playing for Cuba in Mexico in 2002 and was signed by the New York Yankees a year later. He also played for the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies.
The 41-year-old right-hander is a free agent.
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