Tiburones de La Guaira

The Tiburones de La Guaira (English: La Guaira Sharks) are a baseball team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP). Though they nominally represent La Guaira (playing at the Estadio Jorge Luis García Carneiro), they also play home games at the Estadio Universitario in nearby Caracas.[1] Tiburones have won eight national championships since their founding in 1962, most recently in 2024.

Tiburones de La Guaira
LeagueVenezuelan Professional Baseball League
LocationMacuto, La Guaira
BallparkEstadio Jorge Luis García Carneiro
Estadio Universitario
League championships8 (1964-65, 1965-66, 1968-69, 1970-71, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86, 2023–24)
Caribbean Series championships1 (2024)

History edit

In 1962 the Licoreros de Pampero team, which was founded in 1955, was sold for the symbolic price of one Bolívar by his owner Alejandro Hernández to José Antonio Casanova, who was considered the greatest Venezuelan manager at the time. The new team changed its name to Tiburones de la Guaira.

Casanova, who was also the first manager of the team, did not have enough financial resources to go through an entire season. He then talked to his friend, Dr. Jesús Morales Valarino, who suggested an alliance with an important group of personalities and traders such as Manuel Malpica, Jose Antonio Diaz, Mario Gomez y Pablo Diaz. In that moment Tiburones de la Guaira was born, taking the field for first time ever in the 1962–1963 season. It was Morales' idea to take the team to the city of La Guaira, in order to take advantage of a city with no team yet numerous baseball fans.

In their first season, the Tiburones finished with a 23–19 record, missing the finals disputed between the Leones del Caracas and Industriales de Valencia. The team struggled in 1963–1964, ending third with a 23–27 record, being locked out of contention. La Guaira club would have to wait until its third season to win the first league championship, in a five-game confrontation against the Leones.

La Guaira was managed by Casanova until that year, and had remarkable players such as MLB Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio and Rollie Fingers, and Ángel Bravo, José Herrera and Elio Chacón as top Venezuelan figures. Casanova's contract expired in 1965 and the board of directors decided to finish the work relationship buying all his stock. Then Pedro Padrón Panza, who was among the original founders, bought all the stock to become the single owner.

At the time, Padrón worked hard to settle an important base of players which was later known as "La Guerrilla", because –no matter the score of a game– they were a never-surrender bunch of players who gave all to the cause. Some notable names includes the likes of Ozzie Guillén, Carlos Martinez, Gustavo Polidor, Luis Salazar and Luis Mercedes Sánchez, among others.

Padrón suffered a long illness starting in the early 1990s, which affected the level of his beloved team as well. He died in 1999, aged 78, leaving the control of the franchise to his son, Pedro Padrón Briñez, also known as "Peruchito". Nevertheless, Padrón Jr. and his son died in the 1999 Vargas tragedy that killed tens of thousands of people.

Marked by the death of three generations –past, present and future– of the team, the Tiburones tried to repeat their glorious performances of the 1970s and 1980s in the 2000–2001 season under manager and former player Luis Salazar, almost clinching a playoff spot. Since then, the Tiburones has become a competitive force again in the Venezuela league, missing the final series by taking a loss in an extra game in the 2008–2009 season against the Tigres de Aragua, and reaching the final series in 2011–2012, which they end up losing again to Aragua in six games.

Tiburones won the title in 2023—24 over Cardenales de Lara. At the 2024 Caribbean Series, Tiburones pitcher Ángel Padrón threw a nine-inning no-hitter against Nicaragua's Gigantes de Rivas, the first no-hitter in the tournament since 1952 (which was thrown against Venezuela).

Championship titles/Managers edit

Caribbean Series records edit

Year W L W/L % GB Finish Notes
1971 2 4   .333   4 2nd place Triple tie
1983 4 2   .667   1 2nd place
1985 2 4   .333   3 3rd place Tied
1986 3 3   .500   1 2nd place Tied
2024 7 1   .875   1 1st place

Team highlights edit

  • 1964–1965 : Darold Knowles won the pitching Triple Crown
  • 2013–2014 : Alex Cabrera became the first batting Triple Crown winner in LVBP history

LVBP regular season leaders edit

Hitting edit

Batting average

Season Player Total
1966–1967 Tony Curry .309
1973–1974     Al Bumbry  .367
1974–1975     Al Bumbry  .354
1988–1989 Carlos Martínez   .331
1991–1992   Chad Curtis  .338
2011–2012  César Suárez  .349
2013–2014   Alex Cabrera  .391

Home runs

Season Player Total
1977–1978 Clint Hurdle 18
1982–1983 Darryl Strawberry   12
1995–1996   Carlos Martínez     7
2002–2003     Rob Stratton   10
2008–2009    Max Ramírez   15
2013–2014     Alex Cabrera   21

Runs batted in

Season Player Total
1962–1963 Dave Roberts 34
1965–1966   John Bateman   38
1981–1982    Gary Rajsich   48
1991–1992    Chad Curtis   37
1995–1996  Carlos Martínez     39
2000–2001     Chris Jones   48
2013–2014    Alex Cabrera   59

Pitching edit


Season Player Total
1964–1965 Darold Knowles * 13
1965–1966   Marcelino López   12
1966–1967   Gene Brabender **   13
1967–1968   Eddie Watt ***   12
1972–1973   Jim Rooker   13
1974–1975   Tom House   10
1979–1980   Odell Jones   11
2002–2003   Bill Pulsipher     6

   * Tied with Lew Krausse Jr. (Caracas)
  ** Tied with Jim McGlothlin (Valencia)
 *** Tied with Diego Seguí (Caracas)

Earned run average

Season Player Total
1962–1963 Dale Willis           2.03
1964–1965 Darold Knowles  2.37
1965–1966 Marcelino López  1.57
1969–1970 Mike Hedlund  0.75
1976–1977 Steve Luebber  2.59


Season Player Total
1962–1963 George Brunet 89
1964–1965   Darold Knowles 155
1966–1967   Gene Brabender 147
1974–1975   Doug Bird   82
1979–1980   Odell Jones 103
1985–1986   Odell Jones   70
1998–1999   Lou Pote   67

Current roster edit

Tiburones de La Guaira 2023–24 Roster
Players Coaches


  • 98   Elvis Araujo
  • 44   Anthony Castro
  • 38   Will Changaroty
  • 83   Tiago Da Silva
  • 25   Junior Guerra
  • 62   Emilker Guzman
  • 67   Arnaldo Hernández
  • 85   Eudis Idrogo
  • 12   Luis Madero
  • 66   Ángel Padrón
  • 58   Eduardo Paredes
  • 17   Miguel Peña
  • 46   Ricardo Pinto
  • 49   Jesus Pirela
  • 70   Pedro Rodríguez
  • 68   Karlo Seijas
  • 79   Carlos Suniaga
  • 71   Jojanse Torres

[1] updated on 16 January 2024


  • 37   Francisco Arcia
  • 35   José Briceño
  • 20   Sebastián Rivero
  • 96   Luis Torrens





  • --   Carlos Zambrano (Pitching)
  • --   Enrique González (Bullpen)
  • --   Endy Chávez (First Base)
  • --   Ender Chávez (Hitting)
  • --   David Davalillo Sr (Bench)
  • --   Emilio Linares (Third Base)

(Coaching staff for 2023–24 season)


Major League alumni edit

All-time foreign players edit

Sources: PuraPelota.com

Retired numbers edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ https://meridiano.net/beisbol/beisbol-venezolano/donde-se-juega-la-lvbp-2023-2024-sedes-ciudades-y-estadios-2023102022170/amp
  2. ^ "LVBP.com :: Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional". www.lvbp.com.

External links edit