Mazatlan is ready for the Caribbean Series 2021
The 2020 Caribbean Series is not over, and already, the Mexican city of Mazatlan said it is ready to mount the next edition of the event in 2021.
"Everything is ready in Mazatlan to live a great experience. We could even mount the Caribbean Series next week if necessary," said ESPN Digital the president of the Mexican Pacific League (LMP), Omar Canizales.
During the ordinary assembly of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation (CBPC), in San Juan, Puerto Rico, host of this year's small Latin American World Series, the Mexican delegation officially presented to the rest of its members how the organizational work of the 63rd version, scheduled to be played in the first week of February 2021, is progressing.
The new Teodoro Mariscal Stadium, rebuilt at a cost of US$23 million and reopened in October 2018, will host the championship that pits the champion teams of the Caribbean area's winter ball tournaments against each other. The facility has capacity for 16,000 fans.
Since joining the CBPC, Mexico has hosted the Caribbean Series on 15 previous occasions, including five times in Mazatlán (1978, 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2005), but "La Perla del Pacífico" was ignored by those responsible for assigning venues until it had a new stadium.
Mazatlán ("City of Deer" in Nahuatl, the old Mexican language) is the second largest city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa.
"We are already working to make the next Mazatlán 2021 Caribbean Series a successful event, as they have always been every time Mexico is the host," said Ismael Barros, executive president of the Mazatlán Deer.
The 2021 Caribbean Series will feature the championship winning winter leagues of Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Venezuela. Colombia and Panama will participate as special guests, a condition that Cuba had until last year.
During the current Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico, the CBPC said it does not completely rule out that Cuba, which was absent this year for unspecified reasons, may return in the future to the tournament it helped create 71 years ago.
MEXICO REACHES THE SEMI-FINALS OF THE CARIBBEAN SERIES
After the Tomateros de Culiacán defeated the Cardenales de Lara on February 4 by 7 runs 6, the Mexican ninth place was secured in the semifinals of the Caribbean Series.
In that game, Mexico looked far superior until the sixth inning as they had a 7-0 lead. In that episode, Venezuela reacted and in the end, they were one run away from tying the score.
The most outstanding ballplayer of the tricolor squad was Joey Meneses, who left with 2 unstoppable runs in 4 turns, besides, he boosted 4 runs and connected his first home run of the series.
At the beginning, the ptcheo was controlled and the defense supported in each one of the plays that could break the zero, besides that the opportune batting was key in the encounter.
In this way, Mexico got their third win in the series and advanced to the semifinals no matter what happened in the last game of the group stage.
The direct qualifying round will begin next Thursday, February 5, where the Tomateros will be looking to settle into the grand final of the Caribbean Series.