|Current season or competition:
2013 Caribbean Series
|No. of teams||4|
|Countries|| Dominican Republic
|Most recent champion(s)||Yaquis de Obregón|
|Most titles||Tigres del Licey (10)|
|TV partner(s)||ESPN Deportes
|Related competitions|| LIDOM
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 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.
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.
Championships by team
|1||Tigres del Licey||10||1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985,
1991, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008
|2||Águilas Cibaeñas||5||1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007|
|2||Cangrejeros de Santurce||5||1951, 1953, 1955, 1993, 2000|
|4||Leones del Escogido||4||1988, 1990, 2010, 2012|
|5||Criollos de Caguas||3||1954, 1974, 1987|
|6||Tigres de Marianao||2||1957, 1958|
|6||Alacranes del Almendares||2||1949, 1959|
|6||Elefantes de Cienfuegos||2||1956, 1960|
|6||Navegantes del Magallanes||2||1970, 1979|
|6||Águilas del Zulia||2||1984, 1989|
|6||Indios de Mayagüez||2||1978, 1992|
|6||Tomateros de Culiacán||2||1996, 2002|
|6||Leones del Caracas||2||1982, 2006|
|6||Yaquis de Obregón||2||2011, 2013|
|14||Carta Vieja Yankees||1||1950|
|14||Leones de la Habana||1||1952|
|14||Leones de Ponce||1||1972|
|14||Vaqueros de Bayamón||1||1975|
|14||Naranjeros de Hermosillo||1||1976|
|14||Lobos de Arecibo||1||1983|
|14||Águilas de Mexicali||1||1986|
|14||Senadores de San Juan||1||1995|
|14||Venados de Mazatlán||1||2005|
|14||Tigres de Aragua||1||2009|
Championships by country
|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,
|3||Venezuela||7||1970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989,
|3||Mexico||7||1976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005,
- Ballplayers who have played in the Series
- Caribbean Series Most Valuable Player
- Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame
- Americas Baseball awards
- Asia Series
- World Series
- Pease, Gabrielle (2003-01-17). "Venezuela Out Of Caribbean Series, Puerto Rico To Field Two Teams". Puerto Rico Herald. Retrieved 2006-10-20. The general strike against Hugo Chávez, results in Venezuela being unable to field a team. The Puerto Rican runner-up, Criollos de Caguas, plays instead.
- 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.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Serie del Caribe.|
- 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)