The latest edition of the Caribbean series begins Sunday in Mazatlán, with established premier league stars like Yadir Molina and Robinson Cano on the side, although Mexico is struggling with the effects of the KOVID-19 pandemic.
The series, first played in 1949, is among the champions of the six Latin American winter baseball leagues this year. Mexican organizers bypassed federal guidelines that do not allow fans in favor of the city and state of Sinaloa’s criteria of 45 percent capacity at Mazatlan’s Teodoro Mariscal Stadium.
Wrong: It was not specified.Yadier Molina, midfielder, who was added to the lineup for Caguas. The Cardinals long-time receiver is competing for the second time in the Caribbean series. Carmen Perez | Prensa Criollos
Molina, a longtime catcher and currently a free agent for the Cardinals of St. Louis, is arrested by Puerto Rican agent Criollos de Caguas. This is the second Caribbean series for the 38-year-old, who joins the Caguas squad for the postseason, and the first since 2007, when he was part of the Carolina Gigantes squad.
Mazatlan will also feature Cano, who is suspended for the 2021 MLB season after being retested for performance-enhancing drugs. Cano, also 38, will play for the Aguilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican Republic, who will be joined by Carlos Martinez, right-handed All-Star Cardinals and longtime assistant to Molina.
The Dominicans have won 20 titles in the series, more than any other country, and finished second behind Toros del Este last year. The first phase of the series is a six-team round robin, followed by a double semifinal on February 5 and the championship match on February 6.
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|Sunday, January 31.||Panama v Venezuela||14:00|
|Sunday, January 31.||Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic||6:00 p.m.|
|Sunday, January 31.||Mexico v Colombia||10:00 p.m.|
|Monday, February 1.||Panama vs Colombia||14:00|
|Monday, February 1.||Venezuela v Puerto Rico||6:00 p.m.|
|Monday, February 1.||Dominican Republic v. Mexico||10:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, February 2.||Colombia v. Venezuela||14:00|
|Tuesday, February 2.||Dominican Republic v. Panama||6:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday, February 2.||Puerto Rico vs. Mexico||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, February 3.||Venezuela v. Panama||14:00|
|Wednesday, February 3.||Colombia vs. Puerto Rico||6:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, February 3.||Mexico vs Panama||10:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, February 4.||Panama v. Puerto Rico||14:00|
|Thursday, February 4.||Colombia v Dominican Republic||6:00 p.m.|
|Thursday, February 4.||Venezuela v Mexico||10:00 p.m.|
|Friday, February 5.||Semi-finals||6:00 p.m.|
|Friday, February 5.||Semi-finals||10:00 p.m.|
|Saturday, February 6.||Final Version||10:00 p.m.|
- Colombia: Caymanes de Barranquilla
- Mexico: Naranieros de Hermosillo or Tomateros de Culiacán. The deciding game of the 7th series of the Mexican Pacific League championships will take place Saturday night.
- Panama: Federal of Chiriqui
- Puerto Rico: Criollos de Caguas
- Dominican Republic: Aguilas Cibeñas
- Venezuela: Anzoategui Caribs
Players to watch
3B Johan Camargo, Atlanta Braves (Dominican Republic); 1B Ronald Guzman, Texas Rangers (Dominican Republic); L.F. Harold Ramirez, Miami Marlins (Colombia).
Dominican Republic: 20 (1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2020).
Puerto Rico: 16 (1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2017, 2018).
Mexico 9 (1976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016).
Cuba: 8 (1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 2015).
Venezuela: 7 (1970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989, 2006, 2009)
Panama: 2 (1950, 2019)
This report uses information from Hector Cruz of ESPN Deportes.
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