Caribbean World Series

Caribbean World Series

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The Caribbean Series (Spanish: Serie del Caribe), also called the Caribbean World Series (CWS) is the highest baseball tournament at club level in Latin America. The league winners from the Winter Leagues of Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela participate in the tournament. The tournament is hosted annually at each country every fourth year and is normally played in February after all the leagues have ended their national tournaments.

The 2014 Caribbean Series will be held at Estadio Nueva Esparta in Porlamar, Margarita Island, Venezuela.

History

The competition was the brainchild of Venezuelan baseball entrepreneur Pablo Morales, who devised the idea after the seeing the success of the Serie Interamericana in 1946, which featured the Monterrey Sultans from Mexico; the All Cubans from Cuba; the Brooklyn Bushwicks from the United States; and Cervecería Caracas from Venezuela. The Bushwicks won each year from 1946 to 1949, but Cervecería Caracas won the final Serie Interamericana in 1950.

Inspired by the Serie Interamericana and his experience as a former president of the FIBA 1946–1947, Morales presented his idea for a Serie del Caribe to the Confederación de Béisbol del Caribe (CBC, Caribbean Baseball Confederation) conference in Miami on August 21, 1948. Cuba agreed to host the first series, which would feature the top team from each of the nations that were then CBC members – Cuba, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela – in a six-game round-robin series to determine the winner.

The series ran annually from 1949 to 1960, with Cuba winning seven times. However, the Serie del Caribe was cancelled after Fidel Castro dissolved all professional baseball in Cuba in 1961 and it wasn't until 1970 that the CWS was revived. Cuba after 53 years will once again compete in the series starting in 2014.

Leagues participating

Currently, the Serie del Caribe is affiliated with the Winter League programs of Major League Baseball, featuring MLB players and prospects from the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League and Venezuelan Professional Baseball League and the Cuban National Series . In 2008 Puerto Rico failed to field a team for the series due to a one-year hiatus in their professional winter league. As a result the host country, the Dominican Republic, was able to field a second team – the eventual champion Licey Tigers. As of 2009, Puerto Rico resumed participation, and the Serie del Caribe is considered an important part of Puerto Rican Baseball.

Series

Year Venue Champion Record
1949 Cuba Havana Cuba Alacranes del Almendares 6–0
1950 Puerto Rico San Juan Panama Carta Vieja Yankees 5–1
1951 Venezuela Caracas Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce 5–1
1952 Panama Panama City Cuba Leones de la Habana 5–0
1953 Cuba Havana Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce (2) 5–0
1954 Puerto Rico San Juan Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas 4–2
1955 Venezuela Caracas Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce (3) 5–1
1956 Panama Panama City Cuba Elefantes de Cienfuegos 5–1
1957 Cuba Havana Cuba Tigres de Marianao 5–0
1958 Puerto Rico San Juan Cuba Tigres de Marianao (2) 4–2
1959 Venezuela Caracas Cuba Alacranes del Almendares (2) 5–0
1960 Panama Panama City Cuba Elefantes de Cienfuegos (2) 6–0
1961–1969 None held
1970 Venezuela Caracas Venezuela Navegantes del Magallanes 7–1
1971 Puerto Rico San Juan Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey 6–0
1972 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Puerto Rico Leones de Ponce 5–1
1973 Venezuela Caracas Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (2) 5–1
1974 Mexico Hermosillo Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas (2) 4–2
1975 Puerto Rico San Juan Puerto Rico Vaqueros de Bayamón 5–1
1976 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo & Santiago   Mexico Naranjeros de Hermosillo 5–1
1977 Venezuela Caracas Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (3) 6–0
1978 Mexico Mazatlán Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez 5–1
1979 Puerto Rico San Juan Venezuela Navegantes del Magallanes (2) 5–1
1980 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (4) 4–2
1981 None held
1982 Mexico Hermosillo Venezuela Leones del Caracas 5–1
1983 Venezuela Caracas Puerto Rico Lobos de Arecibo 5–1
1984 Puerto Rico San Juan Venezuela Águilas del Zulia 5–1
1985 Mexico Mazatlán Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (5) 5–1
1986 Venezuela Maracaibo Mexico Águilas de Mexicali 4–2
1987 Mexico Hermosillo Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas (3) 5–2
1988 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 4–2
1989 Puerto Rico San Juan Venezuela Águilas del Zulia (2) 5–1
1990 United States Miami Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido (2) 5–1
1991 United States Miami Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (6) 5–0
1992 Mexico Hermosillo Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez (2) 5–1
1993 Mexico Mazatlán Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce (4) 5–2
1994 Venezuela Puerto la Cruz Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (7) 5–1
1995 Puerto Rico San Juan Puerto Rico Senadores de San Juan 6–0
1996 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Mexico Tomateros de Culiacán 5–1
1997 Mexico Hermosillo Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas 4–2
1998 Venezuela Puerto la Cruz Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (2) 6–0
1999 Puerto Rico San Juan Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (8) 5–2
2000 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce (5) 6–0
2001 Mexico Culiacán Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (3) 4–2
2002 Venezuela Caracas Mexico Tomateros de Culiacán (2) 5–1
2003 Puerto Rico Carolina Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (4)[1] 6–1
2004 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (9) 5–1
2005 Mexico Mazatlán Mexico Venados de Mazatlán 5–1
2006 Venezuela Valencia & Maracay Venezuela Leones del Caracas (2) 6–0
2007 Puerto Rico Carolina Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (5) 5–1
2008 Dominican Republic Santiago Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (10) 5–1
2009 Mexico Mexicali Venezuela Tigres de Aragua 5–1
2010 Venezuela Margarita Island Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido (3) 5–1
2011 Puerto Rico Mayagüez Mexico Yaquis de Obregón 4–2
2012 Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido (4) 4–2
2013 Mexico Hermosillo Mexico Yaquis de Obregón (2) 4–3
2014 Venezuela Margarita Island

Championships by team

Rank Team Wins Years
 1 Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey   10 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985,
1991, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008
2 Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas     5 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007
2 Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce     5 1951, 1953, 1955, 1993, 2000
4 Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido     4 1988, 1990, 2010, 2012
5 Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas     3 1954, 1974, 1987
6 Cuba Tigres de Marianao     2 1957, 1958
6 Cuba Alacranes del Almendares     2 1949, 1959
6 Cuba Elefantes de Cienfuegos     2 1956, 1960
6 Venezuela Navegantes del Magallanes      2 1970, 1979
6 Venezuela Águilas del Zulia     2 1984, 1989
6 Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez     2 1978, 1992
6 Mexico Tomateros de Culiacán     2 1996, 2002
6 Venezuela Leones del Caracas     2 1982, 2006
6 Mexico Yaquis de Obregón     2 2011, 2013
14 Panama Carta Vieja Yankees     1 1950
14 Cuba Leones de la Habana     1 1952
14 Puerto Rico Leones de Ponce     1 1972
14 Puerto Rico Vaqueros de Bayamón     1 1975
14 Mexico Naranjeros de Hermosillo     1 1976
14 Puerto Rico Lobos de Arecibo     1 1983
14 Mexico Águilas de Mexicali     1 1986
14 Puerto Rico Senadores de San Juan     1 1995
14 Mexico Venados de Mazatlán     1 2005
14 Venezuela Tigres de Aragua     1 2009

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  Cuba     7 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958,
1959, 1960
3  Venezuela     7 1970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989,
2006, 2009
3  Mexico     7 1976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005,
2011, 2013
6  Panama     1 1950

See also

Notes

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

  • Official site
  • Series del Caribe, Las (Spanish)
  • CS History at latinobaseball.com
  • Cuba at the CS
  • Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
  • More information about Serie del Caribe (spanish)