Mike Aviles

Puerto Ricans want autonomous WBC team if people vote for statehood in June

Puerto Ricans want autonomous WBC team if people vote for statehood in June

On its undefeated romp through the World Baseball Classic, Puerto Rico toppled the United States. By the time the next WBC rolls around, Puerto Rico could be one of the united states.

In June, Puerto Ricans will vote on whether to become the 51st state, subject to approval by Congress. Whatever the pros and cons of statehood, the Puerto Rican baseball players hope that they can continue to represent their island.

Beat the U.S., sure. Be the U.S.?

“Hell no,” Dodgers utility man Enrique Hernandez said.

“Never felt that way,” said former Dodgers infielder Alex Cora, the general manager of Team Puerto Rico.

Puerto Ricans have been citizens of the United States...

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