The Leagues


SerieDelCaribe-Padded-230.jpgThere are six Caribbean Winter Leagues, all of which are off-season baseball leagues comprised of players and prospects from all professional levels. A substantial proportion of the players in these leagues hail from Latin American countries. The leagues include the Liga Dominica de Beisbol Profesional (Dominican Winter League), Liga Mexican del Pacifico (Mexican Pacific League), Liga Beisbol Profesional de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rican Winter League), the Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional (Venezuelan Winter League), Liga Colombiana de Beisbol Profesional (Colombian Winter League), and Liga Nicaraguense de Beisbol Profesional (Nicaraguan Winter League). The leagues generally run from mid-October through early January. Following the completion of the seasons, the champions participate in the Caribbean Series, where the countries face off against each other in playoff format for 12 days in January. The countries involved in these series have changed from year to year, with certain leagues canceling seasons on occasion due to lack of funding or political turmoil.

Teams


Dominican Winter League

Aguilas Cibaeñas (Santiago's Eagles)
Tigres del Licey (Licey Tigers)
Leones del Escogido (Lions of the Chosen One)
Gigantes del Cibao (San Francisco De Macoris' Giants)
Estrellas Orientales (San Pedro De Macoris' Eastern Stars)
Toros del Este (La Romana Bulls)

Mexican Pacific League

Venados de Mazatlán (Mazatlán Reindeers)
Águilas de Mexicali (Mexicali Eagles)
Algodoneros de Guasave (Guasave Cotton Growers)
Cañeros de Los Mochis (Los Mochis Sugarcane Growers)
Mayos de Navojoa (Navojoa Mayos)
Naranjeros de Hermosillo (Hermosillo Orange Growers)
Tomateros de Culiacán (Culiacán Tomato Growers)
Yaquis de Obregón (Obregon Yaquis)

Puerto Rico Winter League

Criollos de Caguas (Caguas Creoles)
Gigantes de Carolina (Carolina Giants)
Indios de Mayaguez (Mayaguez Indians)
Leones de Ponce (Ponce Lions)
Lobos de Arecibo (Arecibo Wolves)
Atenienses de Manatí (Manati Athenians)

Venezuelan Winter League

Caribes de Anzoátegui (Anzoategui Caribbeans)
Leones del Caracas (Caracas Lions)
Navegantes del Magallanes (Magallanes Navigators)
Tiburones de La Guaira (Guaira Sharks)
Águilas del Zulia (Zulia Eagles)
Cardenales de Lara (Lara Cardinals)
Tigres de Aragua (Aragua Tigers)
Pastora de los Llanos (Los Llanos Shepards)


Red Sox Participants


2010 Participants & Stats
2009 Participants & Stats
2008 Participants & Stats

2008

Venezuela: Jose Alvarez, Juan Apodaca, Yeiper Castillo, Zach Daeges, Argenis Diaz, Carlos Fernandez, Javier Garcia, Enrique Gonzalez, Tony Granadillo, Nestor Lastreto, Leandro Marin, Edgar Martinez, Marcus McBeth, Heiker Menses, Michael Tejera, Armando Zerpa
Dominican: Miguel Asencio, Dusty Brown, Jose Capellan, Hunter Jones, George Kottaras, Sandy Madera
Mexico: Miguel Gonzalez
Puerto Rico: Aaron Bates, Jorge Jimenez, Craig Molldrem, Iggy Suarez, Joe Thurston, Jose Vaquedano
Columbia: Randy Consuegra, Jorge Rodriguez

2007

Venezuela: Jose Alvarez, Chris Carter, Jeff Farnsworth, Carlos Fernandez, Tony Granadillo, Christian Lara, Luis Sumoza
Dominican: Carlos Almanzar, Brandon Moss
Mexico: None
Puerto Rico: League inactive in 2007
Columbia: Iggy Suarez

2006

Venezuela: Jose Alvarez, Felix Doubront, Luis Jimenez, David Lee, Edgar Martinez
Mexico: Jermaine Van Buren
Dominican: Brandon Moss

2005

Venezuela: Mike Bumatay, Alejandro Machado, Edgar Martinez
Mexico: Jim Mann Luis Mendoza
Dominican: Claudio Arias, Andy Marte
Puerto Rico: Ismael Casillas, Raul Nieves

2004

Dominican: Juan Cedeno, Anastacio Martinez, Sandy Martinez, Carlos Morla, Hanley Ramirez, Kelly Shoppach
Venezuela: Jesus Delgado, Tim Kester, Argimiro Guanchez, Brett Roneberg, Anibal Sanchez, John Stephens


Links


MLB.com Caribbean World Series
Dominican League
Mexican Pacific League
Puerto Rican Winter League
Venezuelan Winter League
Colombian Winter League
Nicaraguan Winter League
SoxProspects.com Fall & Winter Leagues