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Caribbean Series

Caribbean Series
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Sport Baseball
Inaugural season 1949
Countries 23x15px Cuba
23x15px Dominican Republic
23x15px Mexico
23x15px Puerto Rico
23x15px Venezuela
Most recent champion(s) 23x15px Pinar del Río (2015)
Most titles 23x15px Tigres del Licey (10)
TV partner(s) ESPN Deportes
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Related competitions 23x15px SNC
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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 2015 Caribbean Series was held at Estadio Hiram Bithorn in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Also the 2016 Caribbean Series is going to take place at Estadio Francisco Micheli in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

History

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

Inspired by the Serie Interamericana and his experience as a former president of the FIBA in 1946–1947, Morales presented his idea for a regional baseball tournament during the 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 tournament to determine the winner.

The Series ran annually from 1949 to 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. 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 23x15px Havana 23x15px Alacranes del Almendares   Fermin Guerra 6–0
1950 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Carta Vieja Yankees   Wayne Blackburn   5–1
1951 23x15px Caracas 23x15px Cangrejeros de Santurce   George Scales 5–1
1952 23x15px Panama City 23x15px Leones de la Habana   Mike González 5–0
1953 23x15px Havana 23x15px Cangrejeros de Santurce (2)   Buster Clarkson 5–0
1954 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Criollos de Caguas   Mickey Owen 4–2
1955 23x15px Caracas 23x15px Cangrejeros de Santurce (3)   Herman Franks 5–1
1956 23x15px Panama City 23x15px Elefantes de Cienfuegos   Oscar Rodríguez 5–1
1957 23x15px Havana 23x15px Tigres de Marianao   Napoleón Reyes 5–0
1958 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Tigres de Marianao (2)   Napoleón Reyes (2) 4–2
1959 23x15px Caracas 23x15px Alacranes del Almendares (2)   Sungo Carrera 5–0
1960 23x15px Panama City 23x15px Elefantes de Cienfuegos (2)   Tony Castaño 6–0
1961–1969 None held
1970 23x15px Caracas 23x15px Navegantes del Magallanes   Carlos Pascual 7–1
1971 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Tigres del Licey   Manny Mota 6–0
1972 23x15px Santo Domingo 23x15px Leones de Ponce   Frank Verdi 5–1
1973 23x15px Caracas 23x15px Tigres del Licey (2)   Tommy Lasorda 5–1
1974 23x15px Hermosillo 23x15px Criollos de Caguas (2)   Bobby Wine 4–2
1975 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Vaqueros de Bayamón   José Pagán 5–1
1976 23x15px Santo Domingo & Santiago   23x15px Naranjeros de Hermosillo   Cananea Reyes 5–1
1977 23x15px Caracas 23x15px Tigres del Licey (3)   Buck Rodgers 6–0
1978 23x15px Mazatlán 23x15px Indios de Mayagüez   Rene Lachemann 5–1
1979 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Navegantes del Magallanes (2)   Willie Horton 5–1
1980 23x15px Santo Domingo 23x15px Tigres del Licey (4)   Del Crandall 4–2
1981 None held
1982 23x15px Hermosillo 23x15px Leones del Caracas   Chico Carrasquel 5–1
1983 23x15px Caracas 23x15px Lobos de Arecibo   Ron Clark 5–1
1984 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Águilas del Zulia   Rubén Amaro 5–1
1985 23x15px Mazatlán 23x15px Tigres del Licey (5)   Terry Collins 5–1
1986 23x15px Maracaibo 23x15px Águilas de Mexicali   Cananea Reyes (2) 4–2
1987 23x15px Hermosillo 23x15px Criollos de Caguas (3)   Ramón Avilés 5–2
1988 23x15px Santo Domingo 23x15px Leones del Escogido   Phil Regan 4–2
1989 23x15px Mazatlán 23x15px Águilas del Zulia (2)   Pete Mackanin 5–1
1990 23x15px Miami 23x15px Leones del Escogido (2)   Felipe Alou 5–1
1991 23x15px Miami 23x15px Tigres del Licey (6)   John Roseboro 5–0
1992 23x15px Hermosillo 23x15px Indios de Mayagüez (2)   Pat Kelly 5–1
1993 23x15px Mazatlán 23x15px Cangrejeros de Santurce (4)   Mako Oliveras 5–2
1994 23x15px Puerto la Cruz 23x15px Tigres del Licey (7)   Casey Parsons 5–1
1995 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Senadores de San Juan   Luis Meléndez 6–0
1996 23x15px Santo Domingo 23x15px Tomateros de Culiacán   Francisco Estrada 5–1
1997 23x15px Hermosillo 23x15px Águilas Cibaeñas   Mike Quade 4–2
1998 23x15px Puerto la Cruz 23x15px Águilas Cibaeñas (2)   Tony Peña 6–0
1999 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Tigres del Licey (8)   Dave Jauss 5–2
2000 23x15px Santo Domingo 23x15px Cangrejeros de Santurce (5)   Mako Oliveras (2) 6–0
2001 23x15px Culiacán 23x15px Águilas Cibaeñas (3)   Félix Fermín 4–2
2002 23x15px Caracas 23x15px Tomateros de Culiacán (2)   Francisco Estrada (2)   5–1
2003 23x15px Carolina 23x15px Águilas Cibaeñas (4)   Félix Fermín (2) 6–1
2004 23x15px Santo Domingo 23x15px Tigres del Licey (9)   Manny Acta 5–1
2005 23x15px Mazatlán 23x15px Venados de Mazatlán   Juan José Pacho 5–1
2006 23x15px Valencia & Maracay 23x15px Leones del Caracas (2)   Carlos Subero 6–0
2007 23x15px Carolina 23x15px Águilas Cibaeñas (5)   Félix Fermín (3) 5–1
2008 23x15px Santiago 23x15px Tigres del Licey (10)   Héctor de la Cruz 5–1
2009 23x15px Mexicali 23x15px Tigres de Aragua   Buddy Bailey 5–1
2010 23x15px Margarita Island 23x15px Leones del Escogido (3)   Ken Oberkfell 5–1
2011 23x15px Mayagüez 23x15px Yaquis de Obregón   Eddy Díaz 4–2
2012 23x15px Santo Domingo 23x15px Leones del Escogido (4)   Ken Oberkfell (2) 4–2
2013 23x15px Hermosillo 23x15px Yaquis de Obregón (2)   Eddy Díaz (2) 4–3
2014 23x15px Margarita Island 23x15px Naranjeros de Hermosillo (2)   Matías Carrillo 4–2
2015 23x15px San Juan 23x15px Pinar del Río   Alfonso Urquiola 3–3

Championships by team

Rank Team Wins Years
 1 23x15px Tigres del Licey   10 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985,
1991, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008
2 23x15px Cangrejeros de Santurce     5 1951, 1953, 1955, 1993, 2000
2 23x15px Águilas Cibaeñas     5 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007
4 23x15px Leones del Escogido     4 1988, 1990, 2010, 2012
5 23x15px Criollos de Caguas     3 1954, 1974, 1987
6 23x15px Tigres de Marianao     2 1957, 1958
7 23x15px Alacranes del Almendares     2 1949, 1959
7 23x15px Elefantes de Cienfuegos     2 1956, 1960
7 23x15px Navegantes del Magallanes      2 1970, 1979
7 23x15px Águilas del Zulia     2 1984, 1989
7 23x15px Indios de Mayagüez     2 1978, 1992
7 23x15px Tomateros de Culiacán     2 1996, 2002
7 23x15px Leones del Caracas     2 1982, 2006
7 23x15px Yaquis de Obregón     2 2011, 2013
7 23x15px Naranjeros de Hermosillo     2 1976, 2014
16 23x15px Carta Vieja Yankees     1 1950
16 23x15px Leones de la Habana     1 1952
16 23x15px Leones de Ponce     1 1972
16 23x15px Vaqueros de Bayamón     1 1975
16 23x15px Lobos de Arecibo     1 1983
16 23x15px Águilas de Mexicali     1 1986
16 23x15px Senadores de San Juan     1 1995
16 23x15px Venados de Mazatlán     1 2005
16 23x15px Tigres de Aragua     1 2009
16 23x15px Pinar del Río     1 2015

Championships by country

Rank Country Wins Years
1 23x15px Dominican Republic   19 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985,
1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997,
1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004,
2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
2 23x15px Puerto Rico   14 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1972,
1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1987,
1992, 1993, 1995, 2000
3 23x15px Mexico     8 1976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005,
2011, 2013, 2014
4 23x15px Cuba     8 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958,
1959, 1960, 2015
5 23x15px Venezuela     7 1970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989,
2006, 2009
6 23x15px Panama     1 1950

Undefeated teams

No. Team Record Years
 2 23x15px Alacranes del Almendares      6–0
   6–0
 1949
 1959
 2 23x15px Tigres del Licey    6–0
   5–0
 1971
 1991
 2 23x15px Cangrejeros de Santurce    6–0
   6–0
 1953
 2000
 1 23x15px Leones de la Habana    5–0  1952
 1 23x15px Elefantes de Cienfuegos    6–0  1960
 1 23x15px Senadores de San Juan    6–0  1995
 1 23x15px Águilas Cibaeñas    6–0  1998
 1 23x15px Leones del Caracas    6–0  2006

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.

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