Cuban National Series

The Cuban National Series (Spanish: Serie Nacional de Béisbol, SNB) is the primary domestic professional baseball competition in Cuba. Formed after the dissolution of the Cuban League in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, the Series is a part of the Cuban baseball league system.

Cuban National Series
Current season, competition or edition:
2022 SNB
SportBaseball
Founded1961
No. of teams16
CountryCuba
Most recent
champion(s)
Granma (3rd title)
Most titlesIndustriales (12)
TV partner(s)Tele Rebelde (Cuba)
Cubamax TV (USA, since 2019-2020 season)
YouTube (Worldwide via Game Time platform of the World Baseball Softball Confederation YouTube channel, since 2020-2021 season)

League structure

Camagüey
Ciego de Ávila
Cienfuegos
Bayamo
Guantánamo
Holguín
Isla de la Juventud
Mayabeque
Las Tunas
Matanzas
Pinar del Río
Sancti Spíritus
Santiago de Cuba
Villa Clara
Artemisa
Location of teams in the Cuban National Series

Since 1993, the league has had 16 teams: one representing each province, and one for the city of Havana. Each team is made up of players from the province it represents.

In Havana, most of the top tier players take the field for Industriales, traditionally the strongest team in the league. Other typically strong teams include those from Santiago de Cuba, Pinar del Río and Villa Clara.

The 96-game regular season stretches from early August until late January, split into two halves the fall period stretches from August to early October and the winter period from late October to early January the following year, and culminates with a six team postseason tournament in January to decide the league champion.

In the 20082009 season, the Cuban League was reorganized to determine playoff qualification by zones rather than groups, as it had been the previous 15 years. The two zones represented the country's geography, with teams split into Western and Eastern Zone divisions.

In the 20112012 series, there were 17 competing teams, since Havana Province was split into two: Artemisa Province and Mayabeque Province. Thus, the Western League had nine teams, including the two new clubs, the Artemisa Cazadores ("Hunters") and the Mayabeque Huracanes ("Hurricanes"). The CNS dropped to 16 teams beginning with the 201213 season when the Metropolitanos (long seen as the "farm club" of the powerhouse Industriales) dropped out.

In the 201213 season, the zone qualification format was dropped in favor of a phase qualification system. All teams would play 45 games in the "classification phase". The top 8 ranked teams from this phase would move on to the "qualification phase", which determines the playoff participants. In the 201617 season, the number of teams in the qualification phase was dropped to six. In the 202021 season, the phase format was removed from the league, and the league determined qualifiers based on a single table of standings, with the top teams at the end of the regular season advancing to the postseason, thereby ending divisional play.

The Cuban National Series also serves as the first stage in the selection of players for the Cuba national baseball team, for international competitions during the summer as well as for the World Baseball Classic and the Olympics (19922008 and from 2020 onward). The Cuban National Team Preseleccion is selected from the Series and practices in Havana. Sometimes more than one team can be asked to select players for international duty as part of the national team.

To accommodate the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the league took a six-week break after the February 3rd All-Star Game. The CNS played a shortened 45-game season, with all 16 teams competing in a single table format (doing away with the regular two division format). The bottom eight seeded teams then played amongst themselves in the consolation round, while the top eight did the same for the championship. In 2014, the consolation round format for the midseason was officially adopted, effectively making it a de facto wild card game with the winners having a chance to make it to the postseason.

A 2020 game between Leñadores de Las Tunas and Cocodrilos de Matanzas

The designated hitter is used in all games. The CNS All Star Game is held yearly midseason of the regular season.

Teams

TeamLocationStadiumCapacityRef.
ArtemisaArtemisaEstadio 26 de Julio6,000[1]
CamagüeyCamagüeyEstadio Cándido González14,000[2]
Ciego de ÁvilaCiego de ÁvilaJosé Ramón Cepero Stadium13,000[3]
CienfuegosCienfuegosCinco de Septiembre Stadium15,600[4]
GranmaBayamoMártires de Barbados Stadium10,000[5]
GuantánamoGuantánamoNguyen Van Troi Stadium14,000[6]
HolguínHolguínCalixto García Íñiguez Stadium30,000[7]
IndustrialesHavanaEstadio Latinoamericano55,000[8]
Isla de la JuventudNueva GeronaEstadio Cristóbal Labra5,000[9]
Las TunasLas TunasEstadio Julio Antonio Mella13,000[10]
MatanzasMatanzasVictoria de Girón Stadium22,000[11]
MayabequeSan José de las LajasEstadio Nelson Fernández8,000[12]
Pinar del RíoPinar del RíoEstadio Capitán San Luis8,000[13]
Sancti SpíritusSancti SpíritusJosé Antonio Huelga Stadium13,000[14]
Santiago de CubaSantiago de CubaEstadio Guillermón Moncada25,000[15]
Villa ClaraSanta ClaraEstadio Augusto César Sandino18,000[16]

National Series champions

SeriesYearWinning teamManager
11962OccidentalesFermín Guerra
21963IndustrialesRamón Carneado
31964IndustrialesRamón Carneado
41965IndustrialesRamón Carneado
51966IndustrialesRamón Carneado
61967OrientalesRoberto Ledo
71968HabanaJuan Gómez
81969Azucareros / Villa ClaraServio Borges
91970HenequenerosMiguel A. Domínguez
101971Azucareros / Villa ClaraServio Borges
111972Azucareros / Villa ClaraPedro P. Delgado
121973IndustrialesPedro Chávez
131974HabanaJorge Trigoura
141975AgricultoresOrlando Leroux
151976GanaderosCarlos Gómez
161977CitricultoresJuan Bregio
171978VeguerosJosé M. Pineda
181979Sancti SpíritusCándido Andrade
191980Santiago de CubaManuel Miyar
201981VeguerosJosé M. Pineda
211982VeguerosJorge Fuentes
221983Villa ClaraEduardo Martín
231984CitricultoresTomás Soto
241985VeguerosJorge Fuentes
251986IndustrialesPedro Chávez
261987VeguerosJorge Fuentes
271988VeguerosJorge Fuentes
281989Santiago de CubaHiginio Vélez
291990HenequenerosGerardo Junco
301991HenequenerosGerardo Junco
311992IndustrialesJorge Trigoura
321993Villa ClaraPedro Jova
331994Villa ClaraPedro Jova
341995Villa ClaraPedro Jova
351996IndustrialesPedro Medina
361997Pinar del RíoJorge Fuentes
371998Pinar del RíoAlfonso Urquiola
381999Santiago de CubaHiginio Vélez
392000Santiago de CubaHiginio Vélez
402001Santiago de CubaHiginio Vélez
412002HolguínHéctor Hernández
422003IndustrialesRey Vicente Anglada
432004IndustrialesRey Vicente Anglada
442005Santiago de CubaAntonio Pacheco
452006IndustrialesRey Vicente Anglada
462007Santiago de CubaAntonio Pacheco
472008Santiago de CubaAntonio Pacheco
482009HabanaEsteban Lombillo
492010IndustrialesGermán Mesa
502011Pinar del RíoAlfonso Urquiola
512012Ciego de ÁvilaRoger Machado
522013Villa ClaraRamón Moré
532014Pinar del RíoAlfonso Urquiola
542015Ciego de ÁvilaRoger Machado
552016Ciego de ÁvilaRoger Machado
562017GranmaCarlos Martí
572018GranmaCarlos Martí
582019Las TunasPablo Civil
592020MatanzasArmando Ferrer Ruiz
602021GranmaCarlos Martí
612022Granma – Matanzas 4–3

See also

  • Cuban League
  • Cuban National Series Most Valuable Player Award
  • Cuban National Series Rookie of the Year Award
  • Baseball awards#Cuba
  • List of organized baseball leagues

References

  1. "Artemisa". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  2. "Camagüey". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  3. "Ciego de Ávila". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  4. "Cienfuegos". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  5. "Granma". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  6. "Guantánamo". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  7. "Holguín". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  8. "Industriales". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  9. "Isla de la Juventud". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  10. "Las Tunas". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  11. "Matanzas". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  12. "Mayabeque". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  13. "Pinar del Río". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  14. "Sancti Spíritus". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  15. "Sancti Spíritus". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  16. "Villa Clara". Cuban National Series Official Website (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2021.
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