Caribbean Series

Caribbean Series
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2022 Caribbean Series
Inaugural season1949
DirectorJuan Francisco Puello Herrera
Dominican Republic
Puerto Rico
Most recent
Colombia Caimanes de Barranquilla (1st title)
Most titlesDominican Republic Tigres del Licey
(10 titles)
TV partner(s)ESPN Deportes
ESPN Latin America
MLB Network


The Caribbean Series (Spanish: Serie del Caribe), also called Caribbean World Series, is the highest tournament for professional baseball teams in Latin America. The tournament location is rotated annually among the countries and is normally played in February after all of the leagues have ended their national tournaments.


The competition was the brainchild of Venezuelan baseball entrepreneur Pablo Morales and Oscar Prieto Ortiz,[1] his business partner since 1936, who devised the idea after seeing the success of the now extinct Serie Interamericana in 1946, which featured the clubs Brooklyn Bushwicks from the United States, Cervecería Caracas from Venezuela, Sultanes de Monterrey from Mexico, and an All-Star team composed of Cuban players.

Inspired by the Serie Interamericana and his experience as a former president of the International Baseball Federation, Morales joined Prieto and presented the idea to baseball representatives of Cuba, Panama, and Puerto Rico during a meeting held in Havana on August 21, 1948.[2] The representatives then agreed to stage a four-country, round-robin tournament 12-game to be known as the Serie del Caribe, to be launched in Cuba from February 20–25 of 1949.

The Series ran annually from 1949 through 1960, with Cuba winning seven times. However, the event was cancelled after Fidel Castro dissolved all professional baseball in Cuba in 1961. It was not until 1970 that the Caribbean Series was revived. Moreover, the 1981 Caribbean Series was not held due to a Venezuelan League player's strike.

The tournament featured the champions of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela for over 40 years. Cuba returned in 2014. Panama returned to host the 2019 edition. Colombia was added for the 2020 edition, replacing Cuba who could not participate due to visa issues.

Leagues participating

Puerto Rico Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente1949–1960, 1970–
Venezuela Venezuelan Professional Baseball League1949–1959, 1970–
Cuba Cuban League1949–1960
Cuba Cuban National Series2014–19
Venezuela Liga Occidental de Béisbol Profesional1960
Panama Panamanian Professional Baseball League1949–1960, 2019–
Dominican Republic Dominican Professional Baseball League1970–
Mexico Mexican Pacific League1971–
Colombia Colombian Professional Baseball League2020–


1949Cuba HavanaCuba Alacranes del Almendares  Fermin Guerra6–0
1950Puerto Rico San JuanPanama Carta Vieja Yankees  Wayne Blackburn  5–1
1951Venezuela CaracasPuerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce  George Scales5–1
1952Panama Panama CityCuba Leones del Habana  Mike González5–0
1953Cuba HavanaPuerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce (2)  Buster Clarkson5–0
1954Puerto Rico San JuanPuerto Rico Criollos de Caguas  Mickey Owen4–2
1955Venezuela CaracasPuerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce (3)  Herman Franks5–1
1956Panama Panama CityCuba Elefantes de Cienfuegos  Oscar Rodríguez5–1
1957Cuba HavanaCuba Tigres de Marianao  Napoleón Reyes5–1
1958Puerto Rico San JuanCuba Tigres de Marianao (2)  Napoleón Reyes (2)4–2
1959Venezuela CaracasCuba Alacranes del Almendares (2)  Clemente Carreras5–1
1960Panama Panama CityCuba Elefantes de Cienfuegos (2)  Tony Castaño6–0
1961–1969None held
1970Venezuela CaracasVenezuela Navegantes del Magallanes  Carlos Pascual7–1
1971Puerto Rico San JuanDominican Republic Tigres del Licey  Manny Mota6–0
1972Dominican Republic Santo DomingoPuerto Rico Leones de Ponce  Frank Verdi5–1
1973Venezuela CaracasDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (2)  Tommy Lasorda5–1
1974Mexico HermosilloPuerto Rico Criollos de Caguas (2)  Bobby Wine4–2
1975Puerto Rico San JuanPuerto Rico Vaqueros de Bayamón  José Pagán5–1
1976Dominican Republic Santo Domingo & Santiago  Mexico Naranjeros de Hermosillo  Cananea Reyes5–1
1977Venezuela CaracasDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (3)  Buck Rodgers6–0
1978Mexico MazatlánPuerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez  Rene Lachemann5–1
1979Puerto Rico San JuanVenezuela Navegantes del Magallanes (2)  Willie Horton5–1
1980Dominican Republic Santo DomingoDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (4)  Del Crandall4–2
1981None held
1982Mexico HermosilloVenezuela Leones del Caracas  Chico Carrasquel5–1
1983Venezuela CaracasPuerto Rico Lobos de Arecibo  Ron Clark5–1
1984Puerto Rico San JuanVenezuela Águilas del Zulia  Rubén Amaro5–1
1985Mexico MazatlánDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (5)  Terry Collins5–1
1986Venezuela MaracaiboMexico Águilas de Mexicali  Cananea Reyes (2)4–2
1987Mexico HermosilloPuerto Rico Criollos de Caguas (3)  Ramón Avilés5–2
1988Dominican Republic Santo DomingoDominican Republic Leones del Escogido  Phil Regan4–2
1989Mexico MazatlánVenezuela Águilas del Zulia (2)  Pete Mackanin5–1
1990United States MiamiDominican Republic Leones del Escogido (2)  Felipe Alou5–1
1991United States MiamiDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (6)  John Roseboro5–0
1992Mexico HermosilloPuerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez (2)  Pat Kelly5–1
1993Mexico MazatlánPuerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce (4)  Mako Oliveras5–2
1994Venezuela Puerto la CruzDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (7)  Casey Parsons5–1
1995Puerto Rico San JuanPuerto Rico Senadores de San Juan  Luis Meléndez6–0
1996Dominican Republic Santo DomingoMexico Tomateros de Culiacán  Francisco Estrada5–1
1997Mexico HermosilloDominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas  Mike Quade4–2
1998Venezuela Puerto la CruzDominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (2)  Tony Peña6–0
1999Puerto Rico San JuanDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (8)  Dave Jauss5–2
2000Dominican Republic Santo DomingoPuerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce (5)  Mako Oliveras (2)6–0
2001Mexico CuliacánDominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (3)  Félix Fermín4–2
2002Venezuela CaracasMexico Tomateros de Culiacán (2)  Francisco Estrada (2)  5–1
2003Puerto Rico CarolinaDominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (4)  Félix Fermín (2)6–1
2004Dominican Republic Santo DomingoDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (9)  Manny Acta5–1
2005Mexico MazatlánMexico Venados de Mazatlán  Juan José Pacho5–1
2006Venezuela Valencia and MaracayVenezuela Leones del Caracas (2)  Carlos Subero6–0
2007Puerto Rico CarolinaDominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (5)  Félix Fermín (3)5–1
2008Dominican Republic SantiagoDominican Republic Tigres del Licey (10)  Héctor de la Cruz5–1
2009Mexico MexicaliVenezuela Tigres de Aragua  Buddy Bailey5–1
2010Venezuela Margarita IslandDominican Republic Leones del Escogido (3)  Ken Oberkfell5–1
2011Puerto Rico MayagüezMexico Yaquis de Obregón  Eddie Díaz4–2
2012Dominican Republic Santo DomingoDominican Republic Leones del Escogido (4)  Ken Oberkfell (2)4–2
2013Mexico HermosilloMexico Yaquis de Obregón (2)  Eddy Díaz (2)4–3
2014Venezuela Margarita IslandMexico Naranjeros de Hermosillo (2)  Matías Carrillo4–2
2015Puerto Rico San JuanCuba Vegueros de Pinar del Río  Alfonso Urquiola3–3
2016Dominican Republic Santo DomingoMexico Venados de Mazatlan (2) Juan José Pacho6–0
2017Mexico CuliacánPuerto Rico Criollos de Caguas (4) Luis Matos3−3
2018Mexico GuadalajaraPuerto Rico Criollos de Caguas (5) Luis Matos (2)4−2
2019Panama Panama CityPanama Toros de Herrera Manuel Rodríguez4−1
2020Puerto Rico San JuanDominican Republic Toros del Este Lino Rivera6−1
2021Mexico MazatlánDominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas (6) Félix Fermín (4)7−0
2022Dominican Republic Santo DomingoColombia Caimanes de Barranquilla José Mosquera5−2

Championship games

Starting with the 2013 Caribbean Series, a championship game was introduced where the two teams with the best win–loss record from the round-robin first stage would meet to determine the champion. In 2013 the first round consisted of 12 games and each team faced the other teams twice, one as home club and the other as an away team; from 2014 on, with the return of Cuban teams to the tournament, the first stage was changed to a round robin of 10 games where each team faced the other teams once.

2013Mexico HermosilloMexico Yaquis de Ciudad Obregón4–3 (18)Dominican Republic Leones del EscogidoDominican Republic Eddie Díaz
2014Venezuela Isla de MargaritaMexico Naranjeros de Hermosillo7–1Puerto Rico Indios de MayagüezMexico Matías Carrillo
2015Puerto Rico San JuanCuba Vegueros de Pinar del Río3–2Mexico Tomateros de CuliacánCuba Alfonso Urquiola
2016Dominican Republic Santo DomingoMexico Venados de Mazatlán5–4Venezuela Tigres de AraguaMexico Juan José Pacho
2017Mexico CuliacánPuerto Rico Criollos de Caguas1–0 (10)Mexico Águilas de MexicaliPuerto Rico Luis Matos
2018Mexico GuadalajaraPuerto Rico Criollos de Caguas9–4Dominican Republic Águilas CibaeñasPuerto Rico Luis Matos
2019Panama Panama CityPanama Toros de Herrera3–1Cuba Leñadores de Las TunasPanama Manuel Rodríguez
2020Puerto Rico San JuanDominican Republic Toros del Este9–3Venezuela Cardenales de LaraPuerto Rico Lino Rivera
2021Mexico MazatlánDominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas4–1Puerto Rico Criollos de CaguasDominican Republic Félix Fermín
2022Dominican Republic Santo DomingoColombia Caimanes de Barranquilla4–1Dominican Republic Gigantes del CibaoColombia José Mosquera

Championships by team

1Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey101971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2008
2Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas61997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2021
3Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce51951, 1953, 1955, 1993, 2000
Puerto Rico Criollos de Caguas1954, 1974, 1987, 2017, 2018
5Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido41988, 1990, 2010, 2012
6Cuba Tigres de Marianao21957, 1958
Cuba Alacranes del Almendares1949, 1959
Cuba Elefantes de Cienfuegos1956, 1960
Venezuela Navegantes del Magallanes1970, 1979
Venezuela Águilas del Zulia1984, 1989
Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez1978, 1992
Mexico Tomateros de Culiacán1996, 2002
Venezuela Leones del Caracas1982, 2006
Mexico Yaquis de Obregón2011, 2013
Mexico Naranjeros de Hermosillo1976, 2014
Mexico Venados de Mazatlán2005, 2016
17Panama Carta Vieja Yankees11950
Cuba Leones del Habana1952
Puerto Rico Leones de Ponce1972
Puerto Rico Vaqueros de Bayamón1975
Puerto Rico Lobos de Arecibo1983
Mexico Águilas de Mexicali1986
Puerto Rico Senadores de San Juan1995
Venezuela Tigres de Aragua2009
Cuba Vegueros de Pinar del Río2015
Panama Toros de Herrera2019
Dominican Republic Toros del Este2020
Colombia Caimanes de Barranquilla2022

Championships by country

1 Dominican Republic211971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2020, 2021
2 Puerto Rico161951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2017, 2018
3 Mexico91976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016
4 Cuba81949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 2015
5 Venezuela71970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989, 2006, 2009
6 Panama21950, 2019
7 Colombia12022

Undefeated teams

3Dominican Republic Tigres del Licey6–0
2Puerto Rico Cangrejeros de Santurce6–0
2Dominican Republic Águilas Cibaeñas6–0
1Cuba Alacranes del Almendares  6–01949
1Cuba Leones del Habana5–01952
1Cuba Elefantes de Cienfuegos6–01960
1Puerto Rico Senadores de San Juan6–01995
1Venezuela Leones del Caracas6–02006
1Mexico Venados de Mazatlán6–02016

See also


  1. ^ Salón de la Fama y Museo del Béisbol de Venezuela Exaltados 2008 – Oscar Prieto Ortiz Archived 2013-12-31 at the Wayback Machine (Spanish).
  2. ^ Bjarkman, Peter (1994). Baseball with a Latin Beat: A History of the Latin American Game. McFarland & Company.ISBN 978-0-89950-973-0.


  • Antero Núñez, José. Series del Caribe. Jefferson, Caracas, Venezuela: Impresos Urbina, C.A., 1987.
  • Gutiérrez, Daniel. Enciclopedia del Béisbol en Venezuela – 1895–2006. Caracas, Venezuela: Impresión Arte, C.A., 2007.

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