Águilas Cibaeñas

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Águilas Cibaeñas
LogoAguilas.jpg
League Dominican Winter League
Location Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg
Ballpark Estadio Cibao
Year founded 1937
League championships 1952, 1965, 1967, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008
Caribbean Series championships 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007
Colors

Black, Yellow

         
Manager Manny Acta
President Winston Llenas
Uniforms

Home

Away

The Águilas Cibaeñas (English lit. Cibao Eagles) are a team in the Dominican Republic's winter baseball league. Founded in 1937 and based in Santiago, they have won 5 Caribbean Series and 20 national titles. In 2008, the Águilas Cibaeñas hosted the Caribbean Series at their stadium, Estadio Cibao, which is also known as the "Valle de la muerte."

The team is immensely popular among Dominican baseball fans, so much that Águilas Cibaeñas have earned the nickname “Las Cuyayas” (The Kestrels) and “Los Mameyes” (The Mameyes). These nicknames are in reference to the team’s mascot and the classic yellow color the team uses in its official uniform.

Águilas Cibaeñas won 20 championships in less seasons than any other Dominican team. They won their 20th championship in the 2007-2008 season when they defeated the Tigres del Licey (Tigers of Licey) in a best of 9 series with a 5-2 record.[1][2] The Águilas Cibaeñas won the final game of the series at their home stadium Estadio Cibao (Stadium Cibao) by the score 2-1. Mendy Lopez and Rafael Furcal both hit home runs in the game. Furcal—popularly known as “Furcalazo”—sealed the game with his homerun in the 8th inning.[3]

Estadio Cibao is nicknamed the “Valley of Death” and many fans consider it the most intimidating stadium in the country or even all the Caribbean. Historically the Águilas Cibaeñas have performed much better at home than on the road. With a capacity of 18,077, it is the largest stadium in the Dominican Winter Baseball League[4][5]

Águilas Cibaeñas has more former players in Major League Baseball than any other Dominican team.[6] Some current MLB players who played with Águilas Cibaeñas include Edwin Encarnación,[7] Carlos Martínez,[8] Jose Reyes,[9] Jonathan Villar,[10] Carlos Gómez,[11] Juan Lagares,[10] Dellin Betances,[6] Bartolo Colón,[12] Wandy Rodríguez,[13] Melky Cabrera,[14] Danny Santana,[13] Yoenis Céspedes,[15] Starling Marte,[16] Brandon Moss[17] and current Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona.[18]

History[edit]

The meeting was attended by many notable Dominican athletes of the time including; Luis Alfáu, Pilindo Bonetti, Charles Dore, Manuel Henriquez, Burrulote Rodríguez, Julio and Miguel Peguero Linval, Luis Mercado, and Tomas Sainllant. The athletes recommended that the National Championship of 1937 should be held between a team from Santiago, a team from San Pedro de Macoris and a team from the Capital, Ciudad Trujillo. The team from the Capital was formed from two others, the Leones del Escogido and the Tigres del Licey, Trujillo himself named them the Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo. The proposal was accepted and the team representing Santiago would be known from then on as the Águilas Cibaeñas. Since then, the club has become one of today's most competitive clubs in the history of Dominican professional baseball.

The development of the Águilas Cibaeñas as a team is linked to the development of baseball in the valley of Cibao. From 1951 to 1954, the championships were held during the summer months. However, before the start of season in 1955 the traditional professional baseball championship was moved to the winter season to allow the most prominent Dominican players an opportunity to play in it. Still to this day Dominican players employed by teams in the MLB take part of this national winter classic to keep the tradition strong.

Retired numbers[edit]

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Miguel Diloné
OF, M
Retired
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Winston Llenas
3B-2B, M
Retired
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Roberto Peña
SS
Retired
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Franklin Taveras
SS
Retired
Félix Fermín.png
Felix Fermín
SS, M
Retired
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Tony Peña
C, M
Retired
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Stanley Javier
OF
Retired
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Arturo Peña
P
Retired
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Julian Javier
2B
Retired
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Julio Martínez
2B
Retired
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Arnulfo Espinosa
P
Retired

Current Roster 2016-17[edit]

Águilas Cibaeñas Roster
Active Players Inactive Players Coaches/Others

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated Hitters

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated Hitters

Mánager

Coaches

Medical Body

  • Arturo Bisono
  • Daniel Jerez
  • Claudio Perez
  • Ambiorix Reyes
  • Chad Wolfe

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aguilas Cibaeñas En Series Finales | AGUILAS CIBAEÑAS". aguilas.lidom.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  2. ^ Córdova, Emilio; Mena, Mickey; Rojas, Bienvenido (2008). Los Tigres del Licey: 100 Años de Gloria. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Corripio. ISBN 9789945140231. 
  3. ^ Djlaboa1 (2011-10-20), El Furcalazo HR Rafael Furcal En El Valle vs. Licey 2008, retrieved 2017-03-06 
  4. ^ "Inside the Dominican Republic". ESPN.com. 2006-01-17. Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Estadio Cibao | AGUILAS CIBAEÑAS". aguilas.lidom.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-06. 
  6. ^ a b "Las Águilas Cibaeña es el equipo con más jugadores en las Grandes Ligas". www.diariolibre.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  7. ^ "Before Edwin Encarnacion was postseason-bound". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  8. ^ "Winter Leagues: Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Statistics". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Águilas Cibaeñas adquieren a José Reyes". El Caribe. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  10. ^ a b "Winter Leagues: Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Statistics". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  11. ^ "Winter Leagues: Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Statistics". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  12. ^ "Winter Leagues: Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Statistics". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  13. ^ a b "Winter Leagues: Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Statistics". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  14. ^ Diario, Listin (2009-01-03). "Furcal decide la primera victoria de las Águilas". listindiario.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  15. ^ "Cespedes to play in D.R. while waiting on MLB". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  16. ^ "Winter Leagues: Liga de Beisbol Dominicano: Statistics". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  17. ^ "Arias leads way as Aguilas narrow the gap". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  18. ^ "Managers año por año | AGUILAS CIBAEÑAS". aguilas.lidom.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-07. 

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