Havana.- The grand final of the 56th Cuban Baseball Championship will begin today at 7:15 pm at José Ramón Cepero stadium, in the city of Ciego de Ávila, between the host squad and Granma, who will face each other for the first time in a final playoff.
For the third consecutive time Ciego de Ávila, current champions, will fight for the crown of the national pastime after defeating 4-2 Villa Clara, who finished fourth.
Havana.- Higinio Vélez, president of the Cuban Baseball Federation, affirmed the aspiration of his country to officially be part of the Caribbean Confederation of Professional Baseball (CBPC by its Spanish acronym).
Havana.- After winning 11-3 the game suspended by rain on Sunday, Granma appears ahead 2-1 over Matanzas in one of the semifinal playoffs of the 56th Cuban National Baseball Series.
Thus, the team coached by the experienced Carlos Martí advanced another step in search of the grand final, stage they would reach for the first time, as their best historical result was achieved in the season 1988-89 when they won the bronze medal.
Havana.- The possibility of fighting again for the crown of Cuban baseball for the third consecutive time is increasingly close to Ciego de Ávila after beating 9-6 Villa Clara in their second postseason game.
This was the second win of the current champions; they won 10-4 on Wednesday, which puts them in an advantageous position before travelling to Augusto César Sandino Park, where, from Saturday, they will face Villa Clara thrice if necessary.
Four teams, the survivors after a long 90-game season, are vying for the ultimate title of Cuba’s national sport: that of the 56th edition of the National Baseball Series. Twelve squads failed to make the cut, including historic teams such as Industriales and Pinar del Río.Continue reading
Havana.- Matanzas finished on fire the qualifying stage of the 56th Cuban National Baseball Series when sweeping Ciego de Ávila, achieving thus its 70th win of the season, record for competitions of 90 games.
The Crocodiles added their ninth consecutive win when beating 4-3 the current domestic monarchs, who totaled 56 wins and 34 losses.
The Cocodrilos of Matanzas have made baseball history. Their legacy of 67 wins in a 90-game season, during the 56th National Series, is one for the books.
When asked about the Industriales' record 66 victories in the 42th Series, Manager Víctor Mesa has always said that it is important to take the lead early in the season.
Havana.- With the presence of thousands of fans, friends and relatives gathered at Augusto César Sandino stadium, Villa Clara's first baseman Ariel Borrero Alfonso officially said goodbye to baseball.
Havana.- Villa Clara beat twice Ciego de Ávila and now appears alone in the third seat of the 56th Cuban National Baseball Series with 47 wins and 32 losses.
Havana.- Granma swept Holguín in their particular sub-series that took place at Calixto Garcia Park when beating them 2-1 in the last match between them in this second stage of Cuban Baseball Championship.
Havana.- Villa Clara now ranks third in the standings in the 56th Cuban National Baseball Series, sending thus Granma, which lost twice, to fourth seat, after beating also twice Holguín in Augusto César Sandino Stadium.
Right fielder and former member of Cuban baseball team Luís Giraldo Casanova considered the recently deceased leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, as the best sponsor of sports in Cuba.
Casanova recalled Fidel's concern for the development of all sporting disciplines and his eagerness for baseball victories.
November 26, the entire island received the news of the passing of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz, with great sadness. Tributes from the nation's sporting community in recognition of his unconditional support to the movement immediately started to arrive.
One such came from Cocodrilos de Matanzas manager, Víctor Mesa, a man for which Fidel expressed great affection. "I was by his side for a long time and now I feel sad, very sad, its one of the hardest pieces of news we have received in recent years, I'm sure that it hit every member of Cuba's sporting family very hard," stated Villa Clara's former star central fielder.