Caribbean Series

Caribbean Series
Current season, competition or edition:
2018 Caribbean Series
Sport Baseball
Founded 1949
Inaugural season 1949
Countries  Cuba
 Dominican Republic
 Mexico
 Puerto Rico
 Venezuela
Most recent
champion(s)
Criollos de Caguas (5th title)
Most titles Tigres del Licey (10 titles)
TV partner(s) ESPN Deportes
ESPN Latin America
ESPN3
MLB Network
Related
competitions
SNC
LIDOM
LMP
LBPRC
LVBP
Official website seriedelcaribeculiacan2017

The Caribbean Series (Spanish: Serie del Caribe), also called Caribbean World Series, is the highest tournament for professional baseball teams 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 and 2016 in Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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 an 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

LeagueYears
Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente 1949–1960, 1970–
Venezuelan Professional Baseball League 1949–1960, 1970–
Cuban National Series 1949–1960, 2014–
Dominican Professional Baseball League 1970–
Mexican Pacific League 1971–

Former

CountryYears
Panamanian Professional Baseball League 1949–1960

Series

YearVenueChampionManagerRecord
1949 Havana Alacranes del Almendares  Fermin Guerra6–0
1950 San Juan Carta Vieja Yankees  Wayne Blackburn  5–1
1951 Caracas Cangrejeros de Santurce  George Scales5–1
1952 Panama City Leones del Habana  Mike González5–0
1953 Havana Cangrejeros de Santurce (2)  Buster Clarkson5–0
1954 San Juan Criollos de Caguas  Mickey Owen4–2
1955 Caracas Cangrejeros de Santurce (3)  Herman Franks5–1
1956 Panama City Elefantes de Cienfuegos  Oscar Rodríguez5–1
1957 Havana Tigres de Marianao  Napoleón Reyes5–1
1958 San Juan Tigres de Marianao (2)  Napoleón Reyes (2)4–2
1959 Caracas Alacranes del Almendares (2)  Sungo Carrera5–1
1960 Panama City Elefantes de Cienfuegos (2)  Tony Castaño6–0
1961–1969None held
1970 Caracas Navegantes del Magallanes  Carlos Pascual7–1
1971 San Juan Tigres del Licey  Manny Mota6–0
1972 Santo Domingo Leones de Ponce  Frank Verdi5–1
1973 Caracas Tigres del Licey (2)  Tommy Lasorda5–1
1974 Hermosillo Criollos de Caguas (2)  Bobby Wine4–2
1975 San Juan Vaqueros de Bayamón  José Pagán5–1
1976 Santo Domingo & Santiago   Naranjeros de Hermosillo  Cananea Reyes5–1
1977 Caracas Tigres del Licey (3)  Buck Rodgers6–0
1978 Mazatlán Indios de Mayagüez  Rene Lachemann5–1
1979 San Juan Navegantes del Magallanes (2)  Willie Horton5–1
1980 Santo Domingo Tigres del Licey (4)  Del Crandall4–2
1981None held
1982 Hermosillo Leones del Caracas  Chico Carrasquel5–1
1983 Caracas Lobos de Arecibo  Ron Clark5–1
1984 San Juan Águilas del Zulia  Rubén Amaro5–1
1985 Mazatlán Tigres del Licey (5)  Terry Collins5–1
1986 Maracaibo Águilas de Mexicali  Cananea Reyes (2)4–2
1987 Hermosillo Criollos de Caguas (3)  Ramón Avilés5–2
1988 Santo Domingo Leones del Escogido  Phil Regan4–2
1989 Mazatlán Águilas del Zulia (2)  Pete Mackanin5–1
1990 Miami Leones del Escogido (2)  Felipe Alou5–1
1991 Miami Tigres del Licey (6)  John Roseboro5–0
1992 Hermosillo Indios de Mayagüez (2)  Pat Kelly5–1
1993 Mazatlán Cangrejeros de Santurce (4)  Mako Oliveras5–2
1994 Puerto la Cruz Tigres del Licey (7)  Casey Parsons5–1
1995 San Juan Senadores de San Juan  Luis Meléndez6–0
1996 Santo Domingo Tomateros de Culiacán  Francisco Estrada5–1
1997 Hermosillo Águilas Cibaeñas  Mike Quade4–2
1998 Puerto la Cruz Águilas Cibaeñas (2)  Tony Peña6–0
1999 San Juan Tigres del Licey (8)  Dave Jauss5–2
2000 Santo Domingo Cangrejeros de Santurce (5)  Mako Oliveras (2)6–0
2001 Culiacán Águilas Cibaeñas (3)  Félix Fermín4–2
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 Acta5–1
2005 Mazatlán Venados de Mazatlán  Juan José Pacho5–1
2006 Valencia and Maracay Leones del Caracas (2)  Carlos Subero6–0
2007 Carolina Águilas Cibaeñas (5)  Félix Fermín (3)5–1
2008 Santiago Tigres del Licey (10)  Héctor de la Cruz5–1
2009 Mexicali Tigres de Aragua  Buddy Bailey5–1
2010 Margarita Island Leones del Escogido (3)  Ken Oberkfell5–1
2011 Mayagüez Yaquis de Obregón  Eddie Díaz4–2
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 Carrillo4–2
2015 San Juan Vegueros de Pinar del Río  Alfonso Urquiola3–3
2016 Santo Domingo Venados de Mazatlan (2) Juan José Pacho6–0
2017 Culiacán Criollos de Caguas (4) Luis Matos3−3
2018 Guadalajara Criollos de Caguas (5) Luis Matos (2)4−2

Championships by Final Game

Starting with the 2013 Caribbean Series, a final match was introduced where the two teams with the best win-loss record from the round robin first stage would meet to define the champion. In 2013 the first round consisted of 12 games and each team faced the other teams twice, one as home club and the other as an away team; from 2014 on, with the return of Cuban teams to the tournament, the first stage was changed to a round robin of 10 games where each team faced the other teams once. The following is a list of the final matches and its results:

YearVenueChampionResultRunner-upManager
2013 Hermosillo Yaquis de Ciudad Obregón 4–3 Leones del Escogido Eddie Díaz
2014 Isla de Margarita Naranjeros de Hermosillo 7–1 Indios de Mayagüez Matías Carrillo
2015 San Juan Vegueros de Pinar del Río 3–2 Tomateros de Culiacán Alfonso Urquiola
2016 Santo Domingo Venados de Mazatlán 5–4 Tigres de Aragua Juan José Pacho
2017 Culiacán Criollos de Caguas 1–0 Águilas de Mexicali Luis Matos
2018 Guadalajara Criollos de Caguas 9–4 Águilas Cibaeñas Luis Matos

Championships by team

RankTeamWinsYears
 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
2 Criollos de Caguas     5 1954, 1974, 1987, 2017, 2018
5 Leones del Escogido     4 1988, 1990, 2010, 2012
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
7 Venados de Mazatlán     2 2005, 2016
16 Carta Vieja Yankees     1 1950
16 Leones del 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 Tigres de Aragua     1 2009
16 Vegueros de Pinar del Río     1 2015

Championships by country

RankCountryWinsYears
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   16 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1972,
1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1987,
1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2017,
2018
3  Mexico     9 1976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005,
2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
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.TeamRecordYears
3 Tigres del Licey 6–0
6–0
5–0
1971
1977
1991
2 Cangrejeros de Santurce 6–0
6–0
1953
2000
1 Alacranes del Almendares   6–0 1949
1 Leones del Habana 5–0 1952
1 Elefantes de Cienfuegos 6–0 1960
1 Senadores de San Juan 6–0 1995
1 Águilas Cibaeñas 5–0 1998
1 Leones del Caracas 6–0 2006
1 Venados de Mazatlán 6–0 2016

See also

Notes

  1. Salón de la Fama y Museo del Béisbol de Venezuela Exaltados 2008 – Oscar Prieto Ortiz Archived 2013-12-31 at the Wayback Machine. (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.
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