The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) lifted the sanction that had been imposed on the Professional League of Venezuelan Baseball (LVBP), and enabled licensing for players belonging to the Major Leagues to play on six of the eight Venezuelan teams.
However, Navegantes del Magallanes and Tigres de Aragua are still under evaluation. As they explained, it is because of the origin of these organizations. In these cases, both are Foundations and not Anonymous Companies, so the sources of their income and resources must be thoroughly investigated.
The president of the LVBP, Giuseppe Palmisario, pronounced and described as unfair the measure still exerted on the two aforementioned teams, since “Aragua and Magallanes are not controlled by government entities”.
#AHORA|| MLB levanta la sanción a la LVBP y deja que 6 de los 8 equipos (menos Magallanes y Aragua) puedan incorporar a peloteros de las Grandes Ligas o Ligas Menores que hacen vida en los Estados Unidos.
Aquí la licencia⬇️⬇️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/6yCpxH5T6Q
— KrissLopz♡ (@KrissLopz) December 3, 2019
The sanctions, from the US Department of the Treasury, correspond to a direct attack on the government of Nicolás Maduro, since Trump imposed the rule of cutting off any relationship with any entity that had business or contact with the Venezuelan government.
What they believed would become a disappointment and upset for Venezuelan fans with their affection for the baseball tradition, translated into the emergence of a new wave of Creole players who during the beginning of the season represented the 8 teams of the Venezuelan league.
Translated by JRE/EF