1985 Caribbean Series

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The XXVII edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1985. It was held from February 2 through February 7 with the champion teams from Dominican Republic (Tigres del Licey), Mexico (Tomateros de Culiacán), Puerto Rico (Metropolitanos de San Juan) and Venezuela (Tiburones de la Guaira). The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice. The games were played at Estadio Teodoro Mariscal in Mazatlán, Mexico.

Summary[edit]

The Dominican Republic team won the Series with a 5-1 record and was managed by Terry Collins. Their only defeat came from Mexico. The champions got fine offensive performances from 1B Glenn Davis and OF George Bell, while the pitching staff was led by José Rijo, who posted three saves and did not allow an earned run in six innings of work, to earn Series MVP honors. Other contributions came from pitchers Tom Brennan (2-0, 1.59 ERA), Salomón Torres (a four-hit shutout) and Burt Hooton (1-0, seven SO). Also in the roster were Ralph Bryant, Braulio Castillo, Tony Fernández, David Green, Luis Pujols, Julio Solano and José Uribe.

Managed by catcher Francisco Estrada, Mexico finished in second place with a 3-3 mark. 2B Juan Navarrete hit .533 to win the batting title while 3B Nelson Barrera led the Series hitters with seven RBI. The Mexican team also featured players such as Derek Bryant, Lorenzo Bundy, Houston Jiménez, Chris Jones, Aurelio López, Sid Monge, Junior Moore and Vicente Romo.

Puerto Rico and Venezuela tied for third place with a 2-4 record.

The Puerto Rican team, with Mako Oliveras at the helm, was a huge favorite to win the Series, thanks to a roster loaded with prominent players like Juan Agosto, Luis Aguayo, Iván Calderón, Henry Cotto, Jesús Hernáiz, Carmelo Martínez, Edgar Martínez, José Oquendo, Luis Rosado, Orlando Sánchez, Benito Santiago, Candy Sierra and Rubén Sierra, but the team faded just after the first half. The team's only victories came behind strong pitching efforts from Francisco Oliveras and José Guzmán, who threw complete games against Mexico and Venezuela.

Aurelio Monteagudo managed the Venezuelan club, which was characterized by a fairly average pitching staff and really poor hitting. A modest contribution came from pitcher Bryan Clark (1-0, nine SO in seven innings) and infielders Pat Dodson (.429 SLG) and Luis Salazar (.474 SLG, five RBI). Other members of the team included Bob Fallon, Ozzie Guillén, Gorman Heimueller, Luis Leal, Fred Manrique, Eddie Miller, Alfredo Pedrique, Gustavo Polidor and Argenis Salazar.



Final standings
Club W L W/L % GB
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic 5 1 .833   –
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico 3 3 .500 2.0
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico 2 4 .333 3.0
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela 2 4 .333 3.0
Individual leaders
Player/Club Statistic
Juan Navarrete / MEX Batting average .533
Glenn Davis / DOM Home runs     3
Nelson Barrera / MEX RBI     7
George Bell / DOM Runs     5
Juan Navarrete / MEX Hits     9
Three tied Doubles     2
Three tied Triples     1
George Bell / DOM Stolen bases     3
Tom Brennan / DOM Wins     2
Tom Brennan / DOM Strikeouts   12
Salomón Torres / DOM ERA 0.00
José Rijo / DOM Saves     1
Luis Trinidad Castillo / MEX Innings pitched 15.0
Awards
José Rijo / DOM Most Valuable Player
Terry Collins / DOM Manager


All-Star Team
Name/Club Position
Francisco Estrada / MEX catcher
Glenn Davis / DOM first baseman
Juan Navarrete / MEX second baseman
Nelson Barrera / MEX third baseman
Alfonso Jiménez / MEX shortstop
George Bell / DOM left fielder
Chris Jones / MEX center fielder
David Green / DOM right fielder
Orlando Sánchez / PRI designated hitter
Luis Trinidad Castillo / MEX RH pitcher
Bryan Clark / VEN LH pitcher
José Rijo / DOM relief pitcher
Terry Collins / DOM manager

Scoreboards[edit]

Game 1, February 2[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 5 0
Dominican Republic 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 X 4 7 1
WP: Tom Brennan (1-0)   LP: Luis Leal (0-1)   Sv: José Rijo (1)
Home runs:
VEN: None
DOM: Glenn Davis 2 (2), George Bell (1), Ralph Bryant (1)

Game 2, February 2[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 9 1
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 7 0
WP: Francisco Oliveras (1-0)   LP: Enrique Huerta (0-1)
Home runs:
PRI: Carmelo Martínez 2 (2)
MEX: None

Game 3, February 3[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3   8 1
Puerto Rico 1 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 X 6 10 2
WP: José Guzmán (1-0)   LP: Bob Fallon (0-1)

Game 4, February 3[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 7 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 11 14 0
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0   4 1
WP: Luis Castillo (1-0)   LP: Jeff Kaiser (0-1)
Home runs:
MEX: Nelson Barrera (1)
DOM: None

Game 5, February 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 10 0
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   4 0
WP: Salomón Torres (1-0)   LP: Jesús Hernáiz (0-1)   Sv: José Rijo (2)
Home runs:
DOM: George Bell (2)
PRI: None

Game 6, February 4[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 1 7 13 1
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5   7 4
WP: Aurelio López (1-0)   LP: Fred Toliver (0-1)   Sv: Alfonso Pulido (1)
Home runs:
MEX: Lorenzo Bundy (1)
VEN: None

Game 7, February 5[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 5 10 1
Venezuela 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3   9 1
WP: Burt Hooton (1-0)   LP: Gorman Heimueller (0-1)   Sv: Julio Solano (1)

Game 8, February 5[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4 8 1
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
WP: Aurelio López (2-0)   LP: Candy Sierra (0-1)

Game 9, February 6[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2   8 3
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 15 2
WP: Luis Lunar (1-0)   LP: Jorge Ojeda (0-1)
Home runs:
PRI: Orlando Sánchez (1)
VEN: Pat Dodson (1)

Game 10, February 6[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 4 8 0
Mexico 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2
WP: Scott Fuller (1-0)   LP: Juan Colorado (0-1)   Sv: José Rijo (3)
Home runs:
DOM: David Green (1)
MEX: None

Game 11, February 7[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Puerto Rico 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
Dominican Republic 0 0 0 6 0 2 0 0 X 8 9 0
WP: Tom Brennan (2-0)   LP: José Guzmán (1-1)
Home runs:
PRI: Orlando Sánchez (2)
DOM: Luis Pujols (1), Glenn Davis (3), Braulio Castillo (1)

Game 12, February 7[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Venezuela 0 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 7 9 0
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 9 1
WP: Bryan Clark (1-0)   LP: Luis Trinidad Castillo (1-1)   Sv: Bob Fallon (1)
Home runs:
VEN: Luis Salazar (1)
MEX: Antonio Córdova (1)

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Antero Núñez, José. Series del Caribe. Impresos Urbina, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Araujo Bojórquez, Alfonso. Series del Caribe: Narraciones y estadísticas, 1949-2001. Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Sinaloa, Mexico.
  • Figueredo, Jorge S. Cuban Baseball: A Statistical History, 1878 - 1961. Macfarland & Co., United States.
  • González Echevarría, Roberto. The Pride of Havana. Oxford University Express.
  • Gutiérrez, Daniel. Enciclopedia del Béisbol en Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela.

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