The Caribbean Series is now set, as the Venezuelan Winter League Champs were crowned on Wednesday. Caribes continued to dominate the league, winning the best-of-seven series over Magallanes, 4-1.
Caribes won the clincher, 8-3 and out-scored Magallanes in the series, 30-22.
Until the last two games, Balbino Fuenmayor had been playing first base and batting cleanup for Caribes. Not sure if it was the hit by pitch from January 19th that was keeping him out or not.
However, Fuenmayor did play the first three games of the Championship Series. He went 3-for-12 with a double and an eighth inning, two-run home run in Game 2 on January 25th. He did strike out three times.
The Caribbean Series will begin on Monday, February 2nd in San Juan, Puerto Rico in a round robin format. The Dominican Republic will be represented by Gigantes. Puerto Rico will be represented by Santurce. Venezuela will be represented by Caribes. Mexico will be represented by Culiacan. Cuba will also be represented.
On Monday, Cuba will face Mexico in the afternoon, while host Puerto Rico will play Venezuela at night. The DR will play their first game on February 3rd, when they face Venezuela in the afternoon. For the complete list of games, click HERE.
Expect the rosters for each team to change, but as of the winter league season ending, there are four KC Royals set to play in the Caribbean Series (Fuenmayor, Reymond Fuentes, Michael Mariot, and Moises Sierra). There could be more or less depending on which big league players want to represent their home country.