Caribbean Series

Caribbean Series

Caribbean Series
Sport Baseball
Inaugural season 1949
Countries  Cuba
 Dominican Republic
 Mexico
 Puerto Rico
 Venezuela
Most recent champion(s) Pinar del Río (2015)
Most titles Tigres del Licey (10)
TV partner(s) ESPN Deportes
ESPN Latin America
ESPN3
MLB Network
Related competitions SNC
LIDOM
LMP
LBPRC
LVBP
Official website seriedelcaribe 2015

The Caribbean Series (Spanish: Serie del Caribe), also called Caribbean World Series, is the highest baseball tournament at club level in Latin America, featuring the champions of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. 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.

The 2014 Caribbean Series was held at Estadio Nueva Esparta in Margarita Island, Venezuela. Cuba accepted an invitation to take part as a guest in the tournament. The Series would stay with the same five teams in 2015, which was held at Estadio Hiram Bithorn in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The 2016 edition is slated to take place at Estadio Francisco Micheli in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Leagues participating 2
    • Current 2.1
    • Former 2.2
  • Series 3
  • Championships by team 4
  • Championships by country 5
  • Undefeated teams 6
  • See also 7
  • Notes 8
  • Sources 9
  • External links 10

History

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 a 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 when the Caribbean Series was revived. Moreover, the 1981 Caribbean Series was not held due to a Venezuelan League player's strike.

Leagues participating

Current

Country Years
Puerto Rico 1949–1960, 1970–
Venezuela 1949–1960, 1970–
Cuba 1949–1960, 2014–
Dominican Republic 1970–
Mexico 1971–

Former

Country Years
Panama 1949–1960

Series

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 de la 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 Pinar del Río   Alfonso Urquiola 3–3

Championships by team

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
4 Leones del Escogido     4 1988, 1990, 2010, 2012
5 Criollos de Caguas     3 1954, 1974, 1987
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
16 Carta Vieja Yankees     1 1950
16 Leones de la 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 Venados de Mazatlán     1 2005
16 Tigres de Aragua     1 2009
16 Pinar del Río     1 2015

Championships by country

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   14 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1972,
1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1987,
1992, 1993, 1995, 2000
3  Mexico     8 1976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005,
2011, 2013, 2014
4  Cuba     8 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958,
1959, 1960, 2015
5  Venezuela     7 1970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989,
2006, 2009
6  Panama     1 1950

Undefeated teams

No. Team Record Years
 2 Alacranes del Almendares      6–0
   6–0
 1949
 1959
 2 Tigres del Licey    6–0
   5–0
 1971
 1991
 2 Cangrejeros de Santurce    6–0
   6–0
 1953
 2000
 1 Leones de la Habana    5–0  1952
 1 Elefantes de Cienfuegos    6–0  1960
 1 Senadores de San Juan    6–0  1995
 1 Águilas Cibaeñas    6–0  1998
 1 Leones del Caracas    6–0  2006

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Salón de la Fama y Museo del Béisbol de Venezuela Exaltados 2008 – Oscar Prieto Ortiz (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.

Sources

  • 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.

External links

  • Béisbol en Cuba (Spanish)
  • Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Cuban Teams in the Caribbean Series
  • Historia de las Series del Caribe (Spanish)
  • Las Series del Caribe (Spanish)
  • Sobre el Diamante (Spanish)