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Joe Kehoskie

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There's at least half a billion dollars [worth] of baseball players in Cuba right now and probably a lot more.
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On the amount of baseball talent in Cuba, from the Vanity Fair article "Commie Ball: A Journey to the End of a Revolution" by Michael Lewis (July 2008)

 
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