Cuba returns, Curaçao joins and the Caribbean Series will have eight teams

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Cuba returns, Curaçao joins and the Caribbean Series will have eight teams

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Caracas (AFP) – Next year’s Caribbean Series, scheduled in Venezuela, will have baseball representatives from eight countries with the return of Cuba and the inclusion of Curaçao, organizers announced Friday.

“I officially inform you that the representations that will be participating in the Gran Caracas-2023 Caribbean Series will be from the leagues of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Panama, as well as Cuba and Curaçao,” he said in a videoconference. the commissioner of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation, Juan Francisco Puello Herrera.

“For the first time (…), the Caribbean Series is going to be played with eight teams,” the leader stressed.

The invitation to Cuba and Curaçao came at the initiative of the local organizing committee, for the 65th edition of the classic between the champions of the main Caribbean baseball leagues.

The president of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) and head of the organizing committee, Giuseppe Palmisano, announced that the upcoming Caribbean Series will be played from February 2 to 10. The event, he added, will initially have two venues: the Universitario stadium, in Caracas, and the one in Macuto, in the neighboring state of La Guaira.

Palmisano pointed out that a third scenario, under construction in Caracas, could be added.

“Hopefully we have it for the date. We are making a great effort for it,” said the manager.

This year, in Santo Domingo, the Caribbean Series featured six teams: the champions Caimanes de Barranquilla (Colombia) and Charros de Jalisco (Mexico), Astronautas de Los Santos (Panama), Criollos de Caguas (Puerto Rico), Gigantes del Cibao (Dominican Republic) and Navegantes del Magallanes (Venezuela).

The classic returns to Venezuela, where it was last played in 2014.

The South American country twice lost the organization of the Caribbean Series, in 2018 and 2019, due to its political crisis.

The return of Cuba, which has not participated in the Caribbean Series since 2020, will not necessarily be replicated in the 2024 edition, in Miami, Puello Herrera highlighted. “It’s still very early,” he said.

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