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MLB urges players, staff not to travel to Venezuela for Caribbean Series

Major League Baseball is recommending in the “strongest terms” that players and staff not travel to Venezuela for the Caribbean Series, which is to start Feb. 2 in Barquisimeto.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared he was temporarily assuming presidential powers in a bid to unseat Nicolas Maduro. President Trump this week supported Guaido's claim to power. Maduro called home all Venezuelan diplomats from the U.S. and closed its embassy in Washington.

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MLB said in a statement Friday that the commissioner's office is “actively seeking advice on the political, legal, and safety implications of this still-developing situation, and we will inform clubs of any effects as soon as they become clear.”

The league added: “In the meantime, we advise club personnel in the strongest terms to immediately cease travel to Venezuela for any reason.”

The Caribbean Series is the highest tournament for professional baseball teams in Latin America.

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