Olympic gold medalist Frederich Cepeda makes history in Cuban Baseball League

Olympic gold medalist Frederich Cepeda makes history in Cuban Baseball League
18/12/2020
The former Olympic gold medalist became the only player with at least 2,000 hits, 300 home runs and 400 doubles.

Frederich CEPEDA became the only player in the history of the Cuban National Baseball League (Serie Nacional) to reach 2,000 hits, 300 home runs and 400 doubles.

The 39-year old veteran slugger told the Prensa Latina Agency that he feels "proud of still playing baseball."

Frederich Cepeda made his debut in the Serie Nacional in 1997 for Sancti Spiritus and still represents the team, currently in second place during the 60th edition of the league.

He helped Cuba win Olympic gold (Athens 2004) and silver (Beijing 2008) medals. He also contributed to two IBAF Baseball World Cups (2003 and 2005), two IBAF Intercontinental Cups (2002, 2006), two Pan American Games (2003 and 2007). He was on the roster that played the WBSC Premier12 2019. He also helped Cuba finish second in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006 and made the World Baseball Classic 2009 All-Star Team.

During a 24-year career, Cepeda also played for the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Yomiuri Giants in 2015 and for the Piratas de Campeche of the Mexican League.