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Winter Leagues Update – Nov. 26

November 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Play continues south of the border as the Latin American winter leagues enter their final month of “regular season” action.  Here’s the latest:

MEXICO – first-half play in the LMP (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico) concluded on Sunday, November 19.  First-half results were:

Naranjeros de Hermosillo were awarded first place, and the eight points that go along with it, by virtue of their winning the first-half series against both Tomateros de Culiacan and Venados de Mazatlán.

Second-half play is now only a week old, with Aguilas de Mexicali and Venados tied for the lead at 4-1.

Sebastian Elizalde of the Tomateros leads LMP hitters with a .383 batting average.  He is a Reds farmhand who had a solid summer season at Louisville of the International League, recording a .707 OPS in 134 games played.

 

CUBA – second-half action continues with the current standings at:

Team W L GB
Las Tunas  44 21
 Matanzas 43 23 1.5
 Industriales 40 26 4.5
 Granma 38 28 6.5
 Artemisa 35 33 10.5
 Pinar del Rio  34 33 11.0

Las Tunas and Matanzas have played well in the second half and seem to be consolidating their positions as 1-2.  Artemisa and Pinar will both have to rally to make the playoffs (the top four clubs advance to the semi-finals in January).  There are four weeks remaining in the SN57 regular season.

 

Veteran Las Tunas DH/OF Danel Castro logged his 2000th hit in Serie Nacional play earlier this month.  He is only the 21st player to achieve that mark in 57 years of SN play.

 

DOMINICANA

Tigres del Licey are celebrating the club’s 110th anniversary this season.  They have achieved 22 LiDOM league titles and won 10 Series del Caribe in their long, successful history.

Current standings in the Dominican Republic are:

Team W L GB
Aguilas 18 12
Gigantes 18 13 0.5
Estrellas 16 13 1.5
Licey 15 17 4.0
Escogido 14 17 4.5
Toros 11 20 7.5

 

VENEZUELALeones de Caracas have won 15 of 20 games since last report and have surged into first place in the Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional (LVBP).  Current standings are:

Team W L GB
Caracas 25 15
Aragua 22 16 2.0
Magallanes 22 18 3.0
Zulia 19 19 5.0
Lara 18 19 5.5
Caribes 18 22 7.0
La Guaira 16 22 8.0
Margarita 15 24 9.0

 

Magallanes OF/DH Jesus Valdez, a veteran Dominican who has played in the minors with the Cubs and Nats, leads the LVBP in HR (13), RBI (46) and Runs Scored (34).

 

PUERTO RICO – as the Enchanted Island continues to recover from Hurricane Maria, planning continues for a short 21-game “regular season” to begin January 6.

In the meantime, Puerto Ricans can celebrate the naming of Dave Martinez as manager of the Washington Nationals.  A New Yorker of Puerto Rican heritage, he joins Alex Cora as current dirigentes puertorriqueños en Grandes Ligas.

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