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Caribbean Series

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The Caribbean Series (Spanish: Serie del Caribe), also called Caribbean World Series, is the highest tournament for professional baseball teams in Latin America. The tournament location is rotated annually among the countries and is normally played in February after all of the leagues have ended their national tournaments.

Caribbean Series
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Caribbean Series
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SportBaseball
Founded1949
Inaugural season1949
Countries Cuba
 Dominican Republic
 Mexico
 Panama
 Puerto Rico
 Venezuela
Most recent
champion(s)
Panama Toros de Herrera (1st title)
Most titlesDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (10 titles)
TV partner(s)ESPN Deportes
ESPN Latin America
ESPN3
MLB Network
Related
competitions
Cuba SNC
Dominican Republic LIDOM
Mexico LMP
Panama PROBEIS
Puerto Rico LBPRC
Venezuela LVBP
Official website[1]

HistoryEdit

The competition was the brainchild of Venezuelan baseball entrepreneur Pablo Morales and Oscar Prieto Ortiz,[1] his business partner since 1936, who devised the idea after seeing the success of the now extinct Serie Interamericana in 1946, which featured the clubs Brooklyn Bushwicks from the United States, Cervecería Caracas from Venezuela, Sultanes de Monterrey from Mexico, and an All-Star team composed of Cuban players.

Inspired by the Serie Interamericana and his experience as a former president of the International Baseball Federation, Morales joined Prieto and presented the idea to baseball representatives of Cuba, Panama and Puerto Rico during a meeting held in Havana on August 21, 1948.[2] The representatives then agreed to stage a four-country, round-robin tournament 12-game to be known as the Serie del Caribe, to be launched in Cuba from February 20–25 of 1949.

The Series ran annually from 1949 through 1960, with Cuba winning seven times. However, the event was cancelled after Fidel Castro dissolved all professional baseball in Cuba in 1961. It was not until 1970 that the Caribbean Series was revived. Moreover, the 1981 Caribbean Series was not held due to a Venezuelan League player's strike.

The tournament featured the champions of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela for over 40 years. Cuba returned in 2014. Panama returned to host the 2019 edition, with Colombia and Nicaragua expected to join in 2020.

Leagues participatingEdit

SeriesEdit

Year Venue Champion Manager Record
1949   Havana   Alacranes del Almendares   Fermin Guerra 6–0
1950   San Juan   Carta Vieja Yankees   Wayne Blackburn   5–1
1951   Caracas   Cangrejeros de Santurce   George Scales 5–1
1952   Panama City   Leones del Habana   Mike González 5–0
1953   Havana   Cangrejeros de Santurce (2)   Buster Clarkson 5–0
1954   San Juan   Criollos de Caguas   Mickey Owen 4–2
1955   Caracas   Cangrejeros de Santurce (3)   Herman Franks 5–1
1956   Panama City   Elefantes de Cienfuegos   Oscar Rodríguez 5–1
1957   Havana   Tigres de Marianao   Napoleón Reyes 5–1
1958   San Juan   Tigres de Marianao (2)   Napoleón Reyes (2) 4–2
1959   Caracas   Alacranes del Almendares (2)   Sungo Carrera 5–1
1960   Panama City   Elefantes de Cienfuegos (2)   Tony Castaño 6–0
1961–1969 None held
1970   Caracas   Navegantes del Magallanes   Carlos Pascual 7–1
1971   San Juan   Tigres del Licey   Manny Mota 6–0
1972   Santo Domingo   Leones de Ponce   Frank Verdi 5–1
1973   Caracas   Tigres del Licey (2)   Tommy Lasorda 5–1
1974   Hermosillo   Criollos de Caguas (2)   Bobby Wine 4–2
1975   San Juan   Vaqueros de Bayamón   José Pagán 5–1
1976   Santo Domingo & Santiago     Naranjeros de Hermosillo   Cananea Reyes 5–1
1977   Caracas   Tigres del Licey (3)   Buck Rodgers 6–0
1978   Mazatlán   Indios de Mayagüez   Rene Lachemann 5–1
1979   San Juan   Navegantes del Magallanes (2)   Willie Horton 5–1
1980   Santo Domingo   Tigres del Licey (4)   Del Crandall 4–2
1981 None held
1982   Hermosillo   Leones del Caracas   Chico Carrasquel 5–1
1983   Caracas   Lobos de Arecibo   Ron Clark 5–1
1984   San Juan   Águilas del Zulia   Rubén Amaro 5–1
1985   Mazatlán   Tigres del Licey (5)   Terry Collins 5–1
1986   Maracaibo   Águilas de Mexicali   Cananea Reyes (2) 4–2
1987   Hermosillo   Criollos de Caguas (3)   Ramón Avilés 5–2
1988   Santo Domingo   Leones del Escogido   Phil Regan 4–2
1989   Mazatlán   Águilas del Zulia (2)   Pete Mackanin 5–1
1990   Miami   Leones del Escogido (2)   Felipe Alou 5–1
1991   Miami   Tigres del Licey (6)   John Roseboro 5–0
1992   Hermosillo   Indios de Mayagüez (2)   Pat Kelly 5–1
1993   Mazatlán   Cangrejeros de Santurce (4)   Mako Oliveras 5–2
1994   Puerto la Cruz   Tigres del Licey (7)   Casey Parsons 5–1
1995   San Juan   Senadores de San Juan   Luis Meléndez 6–0
1996   Santo Domingo   Tomateros de Culiacán   Francisco Estrada 5–1
1997   Hermosillo   Águilas Cibaeñas   Mike Quade 4–2
1998   Puerto la Cruz   Águilas Cibaeñas (2)   Tony Peña 6–0
1999   San Juan   Tigres del Licey (8)   Dave Jauss 5–2
2000   Santo Domingo   Cangrejeros de Santurce (5)   Mako Oliveras (2) 6–0
2001   Culiacán   Águilas Cibaeñas (3)   Félix Fermín 4–2
2002   Caracas   Tomateros de Culiacán (2)   Francisco Estrada (2)   5–1
2003   Carolina   Águilas Cibaeñas (4)   Félix Fermín (2) 6–1
2004   Santo Domingo   Tigres del Licey (9)   Manny Acta 5–1
2005   Mazatlán   Venados de Mazatlán   Juan José Pacho 5–1
2006   Valencia and Maracay   Leones del Caracas (2)   Carlos Subero 6–0
2007   Carolina   Águilas Cibaeñas (5)   Félix Fermín (3) 5–1
2008   Santiago   Tigres del Licey (10)   Héctor de la Cruz 5–1
2009   Mexicali   Tigres de Aragua   Buddy Bailey 5–1
2010   Margarita Island   Leones del Escogido (3)   Ken Oberkfell 5–1
2011   Mayagüez   Yaquis de Obregón   Eddie Díaz 4–2
2012   Santo Domingo   Leones del Escogido (4)   Ken Oberkfell (2) 4–2
2013   Hermosillo   Yaquis de Obregón (2)   Eddy Díaz (2) 4–3
2014   Margarita Island   Naranjeros de Hermosillo (2)   Matías Carrillo 4–2
2015   San Juan   Vegueros de Pinar del Río   Alfonso Urquiola 3–3
2016   Santo Domingo   Venados de Mazatlan (2)  Juan José Pacho 6–0
2017   Culiacán   Criollos de Caguas (4)  Luis Matos 3−3
2018   Guadalajara   Criollos de Caguas (5)  Luis Matos (2) 4−2
2019   Panama City   Toros de Herrera  Manuel Rodríguez 4−1
2020   San Juan

Championship gamesEdit

Starting with the 2013 Caribbean Series, a championship game was introduced where the two teams with the best win-loss record from the round-robin first stage would meet to determine the champion. In 2013 the first round consisted of 12 games and each team faced the other teams twice, one as home club and the other as an away team; from 2014 on, with the return of Cuban teams to the tournament, the first stage was changed to a round robin of 10 games where each team faced the other teams once.

Year Venue Champion Result Runner-up Manager
2013   Hermosillo   Yaquis de Ciudad Obregón 4–3   Leones del Escogido   Eddie Díaz
2014   Isla de Margarita   Naranjeros de Hermosillo 7–1   Indios de Mayagüez   Matías Carrillo
2015   San Juan   Vegueros de Pinar del Río 3–2   Tomateros de Culiacán   Alfonso Urquiola
2016   Santo Domingo   Venados de Mazatlán 5–4   Tigres de Aragua   Juan José Pacho
2017   Culiacán   Criollos de Caguas 1–0   Águilas de Mexicali   Luis Matos
2018   Guadalajara   Criollos de Caguas 9–4   Águilas Cibaeñas   Luis Matos
2019   Panama City   Toros de Herrera 3–1   Leñadores de Las Tunas   Manuel Rodríguez

Championships by teamEdit

Rank Team Wins Years
 1   Tigres del Licey   10 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008
2   Cangrejeros de Santurce     5 1951, 1953, 1955, 1993, 2000
2   Águilas Cibaeñas     5 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007
2   Criollos de Caguas     5 1954, 1974, 1987, 2017, 2018
5   Leones del Escogido     4 1988, 1990, 2010, 2012
6   Tigres de Marianao     2 1957, 1958
7   Alacranes del Almendares     2 1949, 1959
7   Elefantes de Cienfuegos     2 1956, 1960
7   Navegantes del Magallanes      2 1970, 1979
7   Águilas del Zulia     2 1984, 1989
7   Indios de Mayagüez     2 1978, 1992
7   Tomateros de Culiacán     2 1996, 2002
7   Leones del Caracas     2 1982, 2006
7   Yaquis de Obregón     2 2011, 2013
7   Naranjeros de Hermosillo     2 1976, 2014
7   Venados de Mazatlán     2 2005, 2016
16   Carta Vieja Yankees     1 1950
16   Leones del Habana     1 1952
16   Leones de Ponce     1 1972
16   Vaqueros de Bayamón     1 1975
16   Lobos de Arecibo     1 1983
16   Águilas de Mexicali     1 1986
16   Senadores de San Juan     1 1995
16   Tigres de Aragua     1 2009
16   Vegueros de Pinar del Río     1 2015
16   Toros de Herrera     1 2019

Championships by countryEdit

Rank Country Wins Years
1   Dominican Republic   19 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985,
1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997,
1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004,
2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
2   Puerto Rico   16 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1972,
1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1987,
1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2017,
2018
3   Mexico     9 1976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005,
2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
4   Cuba     8 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958,
1959, 1960, 2015
5   Venezuela     7 1970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989,
2006, 2009
6   Panama     2 1950, 2019

Undefeated teamsEdit

No. Team Record Years
3   Tigres del Licey 6–0
6–0
5–0
1971
1977
1991
2   Cangrejeros de Santurce 6–0
6–0
1953
2000
1   Alacranes del Almendares   6–0 1949
1   Leones del Habana 5–0 1952
1   Elefantes de Cienfuegos 6–0 1960
1   Senadores de San Juan 6–0 1995
1   Águilas Cibaeñas 5–0 1998
1   Leones del Caracas 6–0 2006
1   Venados de Mazatlán 6–0 2016

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Salón de la Fama y Museo del Béisbol de Venezuela Exaltados 2008 – Oscar Prieto Ortiz Archived 2013-12-31 at the Wayback Machine (Spanish).
  2. ^ Bjarkman, Peter (1994). Baseball with a Latin Beat: A History of the Latin American Game. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-89950-973-0.
  3. ^ http://www.liderendeportes.com/noticias/baseball/serie-del-caribe-2019-tendra-seis-paises-participantes/

SourcesEdit

  • Antero Núñez, José. Series del Caribe. Jefferson, Caracas, Venezuela: Impresos Urbina, C.A., 1987.
  • Gutiérrez, Daniel. Enciclopedia del Béisbol en Venezuela – 1895–2006. Caracas, Venezuela: Impresión Arte, C.A., 2007.

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