Industriales

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Industriales
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League Cuban National Series (Occidental Zone)
Location Havana
Ballpark Estadio Latinoamericano
Year founded 1961-62
Nickname(s) Los leones (Lions), Los azules (Blues)
Cuban National Series championships 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1986, 1992, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010 (12)
Manager Germán Mesa
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Industriales is a baseball team in the Cuban National Series. One of the two teams based in the city of Havana, Industriales is historically the most successful team in the National Series, the main domestic competition in post-revolutionary Cuban baseball. They are similar to the New York Yankees in the sense that they have fans all over the country, being a sure sellout in any stadium, also hated by many outside the capital. The Super Classic of Cuban National Series takes place six times per season between Industriales and Santiago de Cuba, and it's also the equivalent of the MLB classic New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox, the matchup also represents the rivalry between the two cities (La Habana and Santiago de Cuba), dating back to the era when Cuba was a colony of Spain, two centuries ago. They are known as the Lions (los leones) or "the Blue Ones" (los azules) or "the Blue Lions" (los Leones Azules). Royal blue is their color, though teams like Camagüey and Ciego de Ávila also have blue uniforms (navy blue and sky blue, respectively.)

History[edit]

The team was founded in 1962, as representatives of all the workers from all the industries of Cuba. Industriales is the perceived heir to the Almendares baseball team from the professional Cuban League. They won the Cuban National Series in 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1986, 1992, 1996, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2010. Today the team holds the record of victories in a season (90 games in Cuba) with 66 and more National Series won in a row with 4.

Current roster[edit]

  • Catchers: Alden Mesa, Frank Camilo Morejón, Jockel Gil y Alejandro Regueira
  • Infielders: Alexander Malleta, Raiko Olivares, Leugim Barroso, Roberto Carlos Ramírez, Rudy Reyes y Juan Carlos Torriente
  • Outfielders: Carlos Tabares, Yoandry Urgellés, Stayler Hernández y Serguei Pérez
  • Pitchers: Arleys Sánchez, Yoandri Portal, Ian Rendón, Deinis Suárez, Frank Montieth, Odrisamer Despaigne, Reinier Roll, Armando Rivero, Yadiel Torres, Ebrys Martínez, César López, Rodolfo Fernández y Ramón Cairoz, Jr..

National Series MVPs[edit]

The following Industriales players have been named the National Series' most valuable player.

Other notable players[edit]

Emigrants[edit]

A number of Industriales players have defected from Cuba, often to pursue professional baseball in other countries. These include the following:

External links[edit]

  • [1] Official Site