Latin American Series

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Latin American Series
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2019 Latin American Series
SportBaseball
Founded2013
Inaugural season2013
Countries Argentina
 Colombia
 Curaçao
 Mexico
 Nicaragua
 Panama
Most recent
champion(s)
Nicaragua Leones de León (1st title)
Related
competitions
Argentina LAB
Colombia LCBP
Curaçao CBLP
Mexico LIV
Nicaragua LNBP
Panama LPBP
Official websitewww.serielatinoamericana.com

The Latin American Series (Spanish: Serie Latinoamericana) is a baseball competition that annually gathers the champions of the professional winter baseball leagues (summer in the case of Curaçao) from the countries that are part of the Latin American Professional Baseball Association (ALBP). In the case of Mexico, the representative is the champion of Liga Invernal Veracruzana.[1] Often, teams who qualify for this competition receive loan players from other teams in their respective leagues in order to improve their country's chance of winning. [2]


History[edit]

On February 10, 2012, the then president of the Colombian Professional Baseball League, together with executives of Liga Invernal Veracruzana, organized the Mexico-Colombia International Baseball Series between the champions of both competitions, where the Colombian champions, Toros de Sincelejo and Veracruz champions, Brujos de Los Tuxtlas, met in a 3-game series at Estadio Once de Noviembre in Cartagena, Colombia, with the Colombian outfit winning two games to one. [3]

With the creation of the Latin American Professional Baseball Association in late-2012, the idea of creating a series that would integrate Latin American professional baseball teams materialised. As a result, the first Latin American Series was held from February 1 to 4, 2013 in Veracruz, Mexico. The first five editions of the series only contained teams from Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico and Panama until the first expansion of the competition in 2018. This expansion included Curaçao, who had just created a professional league, followed by Argentina in 2019, with the intention of inviting Chile once a professional league is set up. [4]

The rules of the competition match those of the World Baseball Classic and the teams wear their respective nation's national team uniform rather than their own for the duration of the series. [5]

Leagues participating[edit]

League Years
Argentina Argentine Baseball League 2019-
Colombia Colombian Professional Baseball League 2013-
Curaçao Curaçao Baseball League 2018-
Curaçao Curaçao Winter League of Baseball Not yet entered
Mexico Veracruz State League 2017-2018
Mexico Liga Invernal Veracruzana 2013-2016, 2019-
Nicaragua Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League 2013-
Panama Panamanian Professional Baseball League 2013-
Chile Chilean Organized Baseball League Not yet entered

Series[edit]

[6][7]

Year Host City Champions Result Runners Up Head Coach
2013
Mexico Veracruz Mexico Brujos de Los Tuxtlas
1-0
Nicaragua Tigres de Chinandega Mexico Pedro Meré
2014
Colombia Montería Colombia Tigres de Cartagena
9-1
Mexico Brujos de Los Tuxtlas Venezuela Donaldo Méndez
2015
Panama Panama City Colombia Leones de Montería
1-0
Panama Caballos de Coclé Colombia Luis Urueta
2016
Nicaragua Managua Nicaragua Gigantes de Rivas
12-3
Colombia Caimanes de Lorica Cuba Germán Mesa
2017
Colombia Montería Nicaragua Tigres de Chinandega
4-0
Colombia Leones de Montería Panama Lenin Picota
2018
Nicaragua Managua Nicaragua Tigres de Chinandega
9-1
Mexico Tobis de Acayucan Panama Lenin Picota
2019
Mexico Veracruz Nicaragua Leones de León
3-1
Mexico Tobis de Acayucan Nicaragua Sandor Guido
2020
Panama Panama City TBD

Championships by team[edit]

Team Wins Years
Nicaragua Tigres de Chinandega 2 2017, 2018
Mexico Brujos de Los Tuxtlas 1 2013
Colombia Tigres de Cartagena 1 2014
Colombia Leones de Montería 1 2015
Nicaragua Gigantes de Rivas 1 2016
Nicaragua Leones de León 1 2019

Championships by nation[edit]

Team Wins Years
Nicaragua Nicaragua 4 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Colombia Colombia 2 2014, 2015
Mexico Mexico 1 2013

All-time table[edit]

By team[edit]

Pos. Team Apps. P W L % Last App. Best result
1. Nicaragua Leones de León 1 7 7 0 1.000 2019 Champions (2019)
2. Nicaragua Tigres de Chinandega 3 11 9 2 .818 2018 Champions (2017, 2018)
3. Colombia Leones de Montería 2 9 6 3 .667 2017 Champions (2015)
4. Panama Panamá Metro 1 3 2 1 .667 2017 Group Phase (2017)
5. Colombia Tigres de Cartagena 1 5 3 2 .600 2014 Champions (2014)
6. Mexico Brujos de Los Tuxtlas 3 11 6 5 .545 2015 Champions (2013)
7. Nicaragua Gigantes de Rivas 2 8 4 4 .500 2016 Champions (2016)
8. Panama Nacionales de Panamá 1 4 2 2 .500 2016 Third place (2016)
9. Nicaragua Indios del Bóer 1 4 2 2 .500 2015 Third place (2015)
10. Mexico Tobis de Acayucan 3 16 7 9 .438 2019 Runners-up (2018, 2019)
11. Panama Caballos de Coclé 2 7 3 4 .429 2015 Runners-up (2015)
12. Argentina Falcons de Córdoba 1 5 2 3 .400 2019 Group Phase (2019)
13. Panama Indios de Urracá 1 5 2 3 .400 2014 Third place (2014)
14. Mexico Chileros de Xalapa 2 9 3 6 .333 2019 Semi-finals (2019)
15. Panama Toros de Herrera 1 6 2 4 .333 2019 Semi-finals (2019)
16. Colombia Caimanes de Barranquilla 3 13 4 9 .308 2019 Runners-up (2016)
17. Curaçao Wildcats KJ74 1 4 1 3 .250 2018 Third place (2018)
18. Panama Bravos de Urracá 1 3 0 3 .000 2018 Group Phase (2018)

By nation[edit]

Pos. Team Apps. P W L % Best result
1. Nicaragua Nicaragua 7 30 22 8 .733 Champions (2016, 2017, 2018,2019)
2. Colombia Colombia 6 27 13 14 .481 Champions (2014, 2015)
3. Mexico Mexico 7 36 16 20 .444 Champions (2013)
4. Argentina Argentina 1 5 2 3 .400 Group Phase (2019)
5. Panama Panama 7 28 11 17 .393 Runners-up (2015)
6. Curaçao Curaçao 1 4 1 3 .250 Third place (2018)

Television rights[edit]

Year Network(s)
2013 Mexico RTV
2014, 2016 Mexico Claro Sports
2015 Panama TVMax
2017 United States YouTube [8]
2018 Nicaragua Viva Nicaragua [9]
2019 Mexico TVMÁS

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