Cuban National Series

The Cuban National Series (Spanish: Serie Nacional de Béisbol, SNB) is the primary domestic professional baseball competition in Cuba. Formed after the dissolution of the Cuban League in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, the Series is a part of the Cuban national baseball system.

Cuban National Series
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No. of teams16
Most recent
Matanzas (1st title)
Most titlesIndustriales (12)
TV partner(s)Tele Rebelde (Cuba)
Cubamax TV (USA, since 2019-2020 season)

League structureEdit

Since 1993, the league has had 16 teams: one representing each province, and one for the city of Havana. Each team is made up of players from the province it represents.

In Havana, most of the top tier players take the field for Industriales, traditionally the strongest team in the league. Other typically strong teams include those from Santiago de Cuba, Pinar del Río and Villa Clara.

The 96-game regular season stretches from early August until late January, split into two halves – the fall period stretches from August to early October and the winter period from late October to early January the following year, and culminates with a six team postseason tournament in January to decide the league champion, the winner of which then goes on, since 2015, to become the Cuban representative to the Caribbean Series.

Since the 2008–2009 championship, the Cuban League has been reorganized – qualification is by zones, and not in groups as it had been the previous 15 years.

In the 2011–2012 series, there were 17 competing teams, since Havana Province was split into two provinces: Artemisa Province and Mayabeque Province. Thus, the Western League had 9 teams. The Artemisa team were named "Hunters" (Spanish "Cazadores"), and the Mayabeque team "Hurricanes" (Spanish "huracanes"). Beginning with the 2012–13 season, the Metropolitanos, long seen as the "farm team" of Havana's other team, powerhouse Industriales, will no longer field a team. This brings the number of competing teams back down to 16.

The Cuban National Series is the beginning of the preparation for all the selection for the formation of the Cuban national baseball team players for international competitions during the summer, as well as for the World Baseball Classic and the Olympics (1992–2008 and from 2020 onward). The Cuban National Team Preselection is selected from the Series and Havana is the venue for team practice games before international competitions. Sometimes more than one team can be asked to select players for international duty as part of the national team.

To accommodate the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the league took a six-week break after the February 3rd All-Star Game. The Series Nacional played a shortened 45 game season, with all 16 teams competing in a single table format (doing away with the regular two division format). The bottom 8 seeded team then played amongst themselves in the consolation round, while the top 8 seeded teams did the same for the championship. In 2014, the consolation round format for the midseason was officially adopted, effectively making it a de facto wild card game with the winners having a chance to make it to the postseason.

The designated hitter is used in all games, in addition, the CNS All Star Game is held yearly in the middle of the regular season in between the phrases.

West TeamsEdit

Team Nickname Location Stadium
Isla de la Juventud Pirates
(Spanish: Piratas)
Nueva Gerona Estadio Cristóbal Labra
Matanzas Crocodiles
(Spanish: Cocodrilos)
Matanzas Victoria de Girón Stadium
Pinar del Río Lowland Growers
(Spanish: Vegueros)
Pinar del Río Estadio Capitán San Luis
Industriales Lions
(Spanish: Leones)
Havana Estadio Latinoamericano
Cienfuegos Elephants
(Spanish: Elefantes)
Cienfuegos Cinco de Septiembre Stadium
Sancti Spíritus Roosters
(Spanish: Gallos)
Sancti Spíritus José Antonio Huelga Stadium
Artemisa Hunters
(Spanish: Cazadores)
Artemisa Estadio 26 de Julio
Mayabeque Hurricanes
(Spanish: Huracanes)
San José de Las Lajas Estadio Nelson Fernández

East TeamsEdit

Team Nickname Location Stadium
Camagüey Bulls
(Spanish: Toros)
Camagüey Estadio Cándido González
Ciego de Ávila Tigers
(Spanish: Tigres)
Ciego de Ávila José Ramón Cepero Stadium
Las Tunas Lumberjacks
(Spanish: Leñadores)
Victoria de Las Tunas Julio Antonio Mella Stadium
Villa Clara Sugarmakers
(Spanish: Azucareros)
Santa Clara Estadio Augusto César Sandino
Granma Sorrels
(Spanish: Alazanes)
Bayamo Mártires de Barbados Stadium
Guantánamo Indians
(Spanish: Indios)
Guantánamo Nguyen Van Troi Stadium
Holguín Cubs
(Spanish: Cachorros)
Holguín Calixto García Íñiguez Stadium
Santiago de Cuba Wasps
(Spanish: Avispas)
Santiago de Cuba Estadio Guillermón Moncada

National Series championsEdit

Series Year Winning team Manager
1 1962 Occidentales Fermín Guerra
2 1963 Industriales Ramón Carneado
3 1964 Industriales Ramón Carneado
4 1965 Industriales Ramón Carneado
5 1966 Industriales Ramón Carneado
6 1967 Orientales Roberto Ledo
7 1968 Habana Juan Gómez
8 1969 Azucareros / Villa Clara Servio Borges
9 1970 Henequeneros Miguel A. Domínguez
10 1971 Azucareros / Villa Clara Servio Borges
11 1972 Azucareros / Villa Clara Pedro P. Delgado
12 1973 Industriales Pedro Chávez
13 1974 Habana Jorge Trigoura
14 1975 Agricultores Orlando Leroux
15 1976 Ganaderos Carlos Gómez
16 1977 Citricultores Juan Bregio
17 1978 Vegueros José M. Pineda
18 1979 Sancti Spíritus Cándido Andrade
19 1980 Santiago de Cuba Manuel Miyar
20 1981 Vegueros José M. Pineda
21 1982 Vegueros Jorge Fuentes
22 1983 Villa Clara Eduardo Martín
23 1984 Citricultores Tomás Soto
24 1985 Vegueros Jorge Fuentes
25 1986 Industriales Pedro Chávez
26 1987 Vegueros Jorge Fuentes
27 1988 Vegueros Jorge Fuentes
28 1989 Santiago de Cuba Higinio Vélez
29 1990 Henequeneros Gerardo Junco
30 1991 Henequeneros Gerardo Junco
31 1992 Industriales Jorge Trigoura
32 1993 Villa Clara Pedro Jova
33 1994 Villa Clara Pedro Jova
34 1995 Villa Clara Pedro Jova
35 1996 Industriales Pedro Medina
36 1997 Pinar del Río Jorge Fuentes
37 1998 Pinar del Río Alfonso Urquiola
38 1999 Santiago de Cuba Higinio Vélez
39 2000 Santiago de Cuba Higinio Vélez
40 2001 Santiago de Cuba Higinio Vélez
41 2002 Holguín Héctor Hernández
42 2003 Industriales Rey Vicente Anglada
43 2004 Industriales Rey Vicente Anglada
44 2005 Santiago de Cuba Antonio Pacheco
45 2006 Industriales Rey Vicente Anglada
46 2007 Santiago de Cuba Antonio Pacheco
47 2008 Santiago de Cuba Antonio Pacheco
48 2009 Habana Esteban Lombillo
49 2010 Industriales Germán Mesa
50 2011 Pinar del Río Alfonso Urquiola
51 2012 Ciego de Ávila Roger Machado
52 2013 Villa Clara Ramón Moré
53 2014 Pinar del Río Alfonso Urquiola
54 2015 Ciego de Ávila Roger Machado
55 2016 Ciego de Ávila Roger Machado
56 2017 Granma Carlos Martí
57 2018 Granma Carlos Martí
58 2019 Las Tunas Pablo Civil
59 2020 Matanzas Armando Ferrer Ruiz

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