November 19, 2017

Serie Del Caribe 2018

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November 3 – there’s no need for “baseball withdrawal” after an exciting World Series in the U.S. — there’s plenty of baseball action south of the border.  Here are some highlights from the leagues playing in South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.



CUBA– Serie Nacional 57 second-half action is underway.  Defending champs Granma, along with Artemisa, won their wild-card rounds and join Industriales, Las Tunas, Matanzas, and Pinar del Rio in second-half action.  Each of the advancing six teams selected five refuerzos (reinforcements) from the rosters of the teams that were eliminated.  Slugging DH/1B Frederich Cepeda was drafted by Pinar del Rio.

Current SN57 standings for the second half are as follows (remember that first-half W/L results carry over to the second half):

Team W L GB
Industriales  34  16  —
 Las Tunas  33 16 0.5
 Granma  32 19 2.5
 Matanzas 31 19 3.0
 Pinar del Rio 29 22 5.5
 Artemisa  27 24 7.5

Granma is riding a 12-game winning streak that has jumped them up to third place currently.  Pinar del Rio has won only three of their last ten.



VENEZUELA

Navegantes de Magallanes are celebrating their 100th anniversary this season.  Venezuelans around the baseball world are reveling in the success of countryman Jose Altuve (el Astroboy) in the World Series.

Current Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional (LVBP) standings are:

Team W L GB
Tigres de Aragua 16 4
Aguilas del Zulia 10 9 5.5
Leones de Caracas 10 10 6.0
Navegantes 10 10 6.0
Bravos de Margarita 9 11 7.0
Cardenales de Lara 9 11 7.0
Tiburones de La Guaira 8 12 8.0
Caribes de Anzoátegui 8 13 8.5

 



MEXICOLa Liga Mexicana del Pacifico ( LMP) is in its fourth week of play and the standings are crowded; only 2 games separate the top five clubs:

Team W L GB
Culiacan 12 8
Jalisco 12 8
Hermosillo 11 9 1.0
Mazatlán 11 9 1.0
Mexicali 10 10 2.0
Los Mochis 9 11 3.0
Navojoa 8 12 4.0
Cd. de Obregon 7 13 5.0

 



DOMINICANA – Estrellas (San Pedro) have taken a one-game lead in the Liga Dominicana ( LiDOM) standings through three weeks of play:

Team W L GB
Estrellas 10 4
Gigantes 9 5 1.0
Escogido 8 6 2.0
Aguilas 7 7 3.0
Licey 4 10 6.0
Toros 4 10 6.0

 



PUERTO RICO – native son Alex Cora is having a great baseball year.  The native of Caguas has played, managed, and been the GM of hometown Criollos de Caguas and they won la Serie del Caribe in February.  He was GM of the Puerto Rican team in the World Baseball Classic, and they had a great run finishing second in March.  He has just won a World Series as bench coach for the Astros.  And to top it off, he has signed a multi-year deal to become manager of the Boston Red Sox.

Author Monte Cely writes this column for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) site, Central and South Texas (Rogers Hornsby Chapter).

 

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