The two top executives of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation revealed last Tuesday that the entity is preparing to discuss a project that would facilitate the annual participation of two special guests to the Caribbean Series. President, Juan Francisco Puello and Ronaldo Peralta, CEO of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation spoke on ESPN Dominican Radio about the situation in the Venezuelan winter league and the Caribbean Series in 2012. During the interview, Puello and Peralta stated the plan will be presented to the winter leagues of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela at the next ordinary meeting on July 27.
Peralta then offered details of the plan, which if approved would be implemented in the 2013 edition, scheduled to be held in Hermosillo, Mexico. The 2012 Caribbean Series will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Peralta said, “The plan would open the doors to special guests without having to be members of the Caribbean Confederation.” Two teams from Cuba, Colombia, Nicaragua or Panama, will be the first candidates to receive direct invitations. Peralta did not confirm it, but Cuba and Colombia are the two countries most likely to clash within two years with the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela in the new stadium in Hermosillo.
Peralta said, “We have to be careful with projects of this nature. Both Colombia and Nicaragua are passive members of theConfederation, but need to consolidate its administrative, management and sports structures” and also said, “TheCaribbean Series is the ultimate event of professional baseball in Latin America and has proven quality.” Puello stated that the July 27th meetings will focus on discussing the important aspects of the organization of Santo Domingo 2012, “We are studying proposals for a new format that includes a change in the schedule of games. We have the best intentions and in July we will discuss the proposals”. A competition format to eliminate ties and other obstacles facing the Caribbean Series will also be addressed.
Jose Jerez is a Latin Correspondent for BaseballdeWorld
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