The Caribbean is reacquainted with Cuba
Caracas, Jan 30 (Entravision) .- The ball of the Caribbean is reacquainted with Cuba, which after 54 years of absence joins again the champions of winter leagues of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela, to participate in the also called Latin American small world series.
The Caribbean classic, which has had a decline in popularity in recent years, kicks off this Saturday with its initial format of five countries on the Venezuelan island of Margarita, which vibrate with the magic of the Caribbean ball between 1 and 8 February next.
The series will host teams of Villa Clara (Cuba), Indians of Mayaguez (Puerto Rico), Tigres del Licey (Dominican Republic), Naranjeros Hermosillo (Mexico) and the host navigators of Magallanes (Venezuela).
The Government of the state of Nueva Esparta, which includes to Margarita Island, has prepared a operating of 1,000 police officers to ensure the safety of the players within and outside the stadium of Nueva Esparta to 331 km from Caracas, in northwestern Venezuela, which was expanded with two new platforms to accommodate about 18,000 spectators.
Several months hard uncertainty about the participation of Cuba in Margarita, as the Confederation of the Caribbean first announced the return of the Antilleans to the tournament, and then requested authorization to the United States Department of State, which maintains an embargo on the island since 1962.
The review of United States was justified by the presence at the tournament in Puerto Rico, free state associated with the North American country, but in December was resolved last the return of Cuba to the international competition.
In fact, the Cuban baseball was among the founders in 1949 of the first Caribbean Series and won seven of the twelve tournaments in which he was involved.
For this competition the Villa Clara became a true national team, led by Ramon More, who has been summoned to the receivers and Ariel Pestano Yulexis la Rosa, as well as players of table Ariel Borrero, Ramon Lunar, Andy Sarduy, Yandrys Edge Manduley and Yordan.
Batting will have two stars added: Alfredo Despaigne and Yulieski Gourriel and a Gourriel, while the pitching will be led by Freddy Asiel Alvarez, who will open the first meeting against Mexico.
Los Naranjeros, first Mexican team to win the Caribbean World Series, in 1976, will seek to be actors, and with this objective the handler Matias Carrillo called 14 reinforcements that have increased the balance of the whole, strong on the offensive and the defense and with a solid body of launchers.
The set consists of 28 baseball players, half reinforcements arrived from other teams, such as receiver Sebastian Valley, the hottest of Los Mochis, and players of table Gil Velazquez (Eagles of Mexicali) and Zelous Wheeler (of Guasave cotton).
The team announced the left-handed pitcher Oliver Perez, the Kansas Emmanuel Avila and receiver Sebastian valley as the Naranjeros reinforcements.
The inaugural match will be between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the two countries with more titles in the Caribbean.
The versatile Leuris Garcia, Atenienses Hector Gomez, closer Frameworks Matthew and the Angel Castro opener are the reinforcements that until today had been confirmed by the Tigers.
The Licey not count with the shortstop Erick Aybar (Los Angelenos of Los Angeles), while the only imported from the blue is the Cuban law Yunesky Maya.
The boricuas, meanwhile, are trying to leave behind the drought that dragged from 14 years ago won for the last time with the Santurce Cangrejeros.
Be Counted with the pitchers Jonathan Albaladejo, Randy Raoul Fontanez and Americans Tyler Herron and Steve Smith.
The most valuable player of the tournament, the Puerto Rican Canadian baseman of the Ponce Lions Jordan Lennerton, confirmed his participation with the Indians.
Venezuela will debut in Cuba in the second day, obliged to collect a competitive team for being the host in Isla Margarita, same venue that hosted the series in 2010.
It is the fourteenth time that Venezuela organizes a classic Caribbean, becoming the country that most times has organized this tournament.
The debt of the Navigators is the pitching, by what was reinforced with several pitchers, including the Hassan Penalty Cuban Americans and Daryl Thompson and Tyson Burmmet.
The low more sensitive of the computer ‘buccaneer’ will be the mighty Paul ‘Kung Fu Panda’ Sandoval (San Francisco Giants), announced today the club.
With 19 titles, the equipment of the Dominican Republic are the top winners of the series, in front of Puerto Ricans that combined total of 14 awards, while Cuba, Venezuela and Mexico have seven crowns.