The Pastora de los Llanos were a baseball club which played in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League between the 1997–98 and 2006-07 seasons. They were based in the cities of Acarigua and Araure in Portuguesa, and played its home games at Estadio BR Julio Hernández Molina in Araure.

Pastora de Los Llanos
LeagueLVBP (Western Division)
BallparkEstadio BR Julio Hernández Molina
Founded1991; 33 years ago (1991)
Former name(s)Pastora de Occidente

The Pastora de los Llanos were aligned in the Western Division as a replacement for the departed Pastora de Occidente, which were based in Cabimas. On its 11 seasons, Pastora de los Llanos advanced 7 times to the playoffs, but never make it into finals. The most close they were from a final was at the 99-2000 season when they were knocked out in a tie-break game for finals 9-5 against Navegantes del Magallanes, which advanced to finals to face Aguilas del Zulia. Despite the initial success, the team would perform poorly in the next season where even they lost a game that was repeated against Magallanes because the latter protested the roster the team presented. At the next season they lost the playoff series while in 2002, the team had the worst record of the cancelled 2002-03 season; 12 wins over 27 losses in 39 games played after 1 December. At the 2003-04 season they led the Western Division but ended again knocked out in playoffs. The 2004-05 season was the last time that Pastora advanced to playoffs, as they would end knocked out on their division in the next two seasons. This, including the poor attendance to the stadium and the financial losses the team was suffering, forced the new owner to sell the team at the end of 2007.

Starting the 2007-08 season, the franchise moved to Margarita Island and was renamed Bravos de Margarita.

Yearly team records

Season Record   Finish Manager Notes
  1997-98   34-30 2nd  Domingo Carrasquel   Lost 1st round playoff series
1998-99 25-37 4th Domingo Carrasquel
1999-00 36-26 1st Luis Dorante   Lost 1st round playoff series. Tied with Navegantes del Magallanes, lost tie-break game.
2000-01 30-32 3rd Luis Dorante   Lost 1st round playoff series
2001-02 33-28 2nd Luis Dorante   Lost 1st round playoff series
2002-03 12-27 4th Luis Dorante Season suspended due to a general strike
2003-04 35-27 1st Luis Dorante   Lost 1st round playoff series
2004-05 31-30 2nd Luis Dorante
2005-06 23-39 3rd Edgar Alfonzo
2006-07 25-37 4th Edgar Alfonzo
Phil Regan

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