Matanzas (baseball)

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Matanzas
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LeagueCuban National Series
LocationMatanzas
BallparkVictoria de Girón Stadium
Year founded1992
Nickname(s)Cocodrilos
Last season44–14 (16th, 58th CNS 2018-19)
ManagerArmando Ferrer Ruiz
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Matanzas are a baseball team in the Cuban National Series. Based in Matanzas Province, the Cocodrilos were formed after the dissolution of Henequeneros and Citricultores, two teams from Matanzas. The Cocodrilos have struggled to enjoy the success of their predecessors.

History[edit]

Long before the Yumurine players wore the Gothic M of Matanzas on their flannels in that year of 1967, the name of such an illustrious city had already adorned the official history of winter tournaments in the mythical campaign of 1878–79.

Like that modest combined at the beginning of the circuit in the nineteenth century, the Matanzas of the 60s and 70s, was not the most competitive. Never, stars of the mood of Wilfredo Sánchez, his brother Fernando, Rigoberto Rosique, Tomás Soto, Evelio Hernández, Edwin Walters, Alfredo García, Gaspar Pérez, Luis Fernández, Ernesto William Alfonso or the brothers Félix and Reinaldo Isasi, could they unify their forces in a single gang to defend the walls of the Athens of Cuba.

And while Matanzas stoically endured his permanence at the bottom of the pond until his total disappearance towards the mid-1970s, Henequeneros, the other squad of the land of crocodiles, adorned his souvenir closet with a trophy in the 1969 campaign -70.

In the early 1990s, the winter series competition system was reorganized for the eighth time. After 19 years of absence, a team reappeared with the name of Matanzas. Although, this second version of the squad in the amateur era was also not very prolific in terms of collective results.

Matanzas won the Cuban National Series championship pennant in 2020, defeating Camagüey in the finals, clinching 4-2 overall in 6 games out of seven.

Current[when?] roster[edit]

Team records[edit]

CNS No Season Winner Runner Up 3rd Place Matanzas Manager
49 2009-10 Industriales Villa Clara Habana 14th Wilfredo Menendez
50 2010-11 Pinar del Rio Ciego de Avila Cienfuegos 14th Wilfredo Menendez
51 2011-12 Ciego de Avila Industriales Matanzas 3rd Victor Mesa
52 2012-13 Villa Clara Matanzas Santi Spiritus 2nd Victor Mesa
53 2013-14 Pinar del Rio Matanzas Industriales 2nd Victor Mesa
54 2014-15 Ciego de Avila Isla de la Juventud Matanzas 3rd Victor Mesa
55 2015-16 Ciego de Avila Pinar del Rio Matanzas 3rd Victor Mesa
56 2016-17 Granma Ciego de Avila Matanzas 3rd Victor Mesa
57 2017-18 Granma Las Tunas Matanzas 3rd Victor Figueroa
58 2018-19 Las Tunas Villa Clara Santi Spiritus 16th Victor Figueroa
59 2019-20 Matanzas 1st
(Series Champion)
Armando Ferrer

Notable players[edit]