Cuba will debut against Mexico in the Caribbean Baseball Series

The Cuban team, Leñadores de Las Tunas, traveled to Panama to participate in the 61st edition of the Caribbean Baseball Series, where they will debut next Tuesday against Mexican squad Charros de Jalisco in the first round of the group stage.

 The team Leñadores de Las Tunas participates in the 61st edition of the series representing Cuba.
The team Leñadores de Las Tunas participates in the 61st edition of the series representing Cuba.

The Cubans, under the direction of Pablo Civil, goes to the meeting with the purpose of recovering the title that the Vegueros of the Pinar del Río province conquered in 2015 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In his first performance, the opener of the Cuban team will be the star pitcher Lázaro Blanco, as revealed by sports media. The selection of the island confirmed with 28 baseball players -2 receivers, 7 infielders, 6 gardeners, and 13 pitchers- includes members of Los Leñadores (current champion of the National Series of the island) and 14 players from other teams incorporated as reinforcements.

According to the program, Cubans will clash next Wednesday with the Venezuelan team Cardenas de Lara, in section A. In the second and last round of preliminaries, the Lumberjacks will play again against Mexico and Venezuela, on days 7 and 9, in that order.

Cuba accumulates eight crowns in the Caribbean Series, the first of them in the first of these contests held in 1949 in Havana when it won its Almendares club, and until 1960 it obtained another six and one after its reincorporation in 2014 to that event in who has participated since then as a guest country.

The Baseball Federation of Cuba (FCB) recently stated that it intends to request the venue of the Caribbean Baseball Series in 2020 or 2021 if it achieves approval as a full member of the Confederation of Caribbean Professional Baseball (CBPC), to which he will reiterate his request to join that organization.

The head of the Federation of the island, Higinio Velez, said that there is no longer any impediment to the entry of Cuba into the CBPC after the agreement signed between the FCB and the American Major Leagues on December 19.