Caribbean Series

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Caribbean Series
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Sport Baseball
Inaugural season 1949
Countries  Dominican Republic
 Mexico
 Puerto Rico
 Venezuela
Most recent champion(s) Mexico Naranjeros de Hermosillo (2014)
Most titles Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey (10)
TV partner(s) ESPN Deportes
ESPN3
Related competitions Dominican Republic LIDOM
Mexico LMP
Puerto Rico LBPRC
Venezuela 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 the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. The tournament location is rotated annually among the four 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 guest in the tournament.

The 2015 Caribbean Series is going to take place 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[edit]

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 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[edit]

Currently, the Caribbean Baseball Confederation 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.

Series[edit]

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

Championships by team[edit]

Rank Team Wins Years
 1 Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey   10 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985,
1991, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008
2 Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce     5 1951, 1953, 1955, 1993, 2000
2 Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas     5 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007
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
6 Mexico Naranjeros de Hermosillo     2 1976, 2014
16 Panama Carta Vieja Yankees     1 1950
16 Cuba Leones de la Habana     1 1952
16 Puerto Rico Leones de Ponce     1 1972
16 Puerto Rico Vaqueros de Bayamón     1 1975
16 Puerto Rico Lobos de Arecibo     1 1983
16 Mexico Águilas de Mexicali     1 1986
16 Puerto Rico Senadores de San Juan     1 1995
16 Mexico Venados de Mazatlán     1 2005
16 Venezuela Tigres de Aragua     1 2009

Championships by country[edit]

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     7 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958,
1959, 1960
4  Venezuela     7 1970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989,
2006, 2009
6  Panama     1 1950

Undefeated teams[edit]

No. Team Record Years
 2 Cuba Alacranes del Almendares      6–0
   5–0
 1949
 1959
 2 Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey    6–0
   5–0
 1971
 1991
 2 Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce    5–0
   6–0
 1953
 2000
 1 Cuba Leones de la Habana    5–0  1952
 1 Cuba Tigres de Marianao    5–0  1957
 1 Cuba Elefantes de Cienfuegos    6–0  1960
 1 Puerto Rico Senadores de San Juan    6–0  1995
 1 Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas    6–0  1998
 1 Venezuela Leones del Caracas    6–0  2006

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • 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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