The teams are set for the 2017 Caribbean Series to be held in Culiacan, Mexico. There will be a new club champion after the Venados de Matatlan, the 2016 winner, did not make the finals of the LMP playoffs.
Winners from the winter leagues of Mexico (LMP), Dominican Republic (LIDOM), Venezuela (LVBP), Puerto Rico (LBPRC), and Cuba play a round robin format with semifinals and finals to follow.
The teams competing are:
Dominican Republic – Tigres del Licey – The most accomplished team not only in the LIDOM with 22 titles, but also the most accomplished team in the history of the Caribbean Series with 10 titles. The Tigres last Series title was in 2008. To get back to the Series, for the first time since 2014, Licey needed all 9 games in the LIDOM Championship Series to get past the Aguilas Cibaenas.
Puerto Rico – Criollos de Caguas – The 17-time LBPRC champions, Caguas is back in the Caribbean Series for the first time since 2013. They will go in looking for their 4th Series title but the first since 1987. To get to the Series, Caguas needed 8 games to win 5-games-to-3 over Santurce.
Mexico – Aguilas de Mexicali – Winning its 4th LMP title, Mexicali last went to the Caribbean Series in 1999. It holds just a single Series title from 1986. Mexicali defeated the Caneros de los Mochis 4-2 in the LMP Championship Series to advance. They will look to keep the recent success of the LMP champions alive having won 4 of the last 6 Caribbean Series titles.
Venezuela – Aguilas del Zulia – This was the 6th LVBP Championship for Zulia, the last coming in 2000. The franchise has 2 Caribbean Series titles to its credit, but nothing since 1989. To get back to the Series this year Zulia defeated the Cardenales de Lara 4-1.
Cuba – Granma Alazanes – This was the first Serie Nacional de Beisbol or Cuban National Series title for Granma. It took 40 years for the club to claim its first title, and this will be its first trip to the Caribbean Series. Granma defeated the 2-time defending champion Ciego de Avila in the championship series sweeping them to take the title.
Total Caribbean Series Titles:
Dominican Republic 19 (last in 2012)
Puerto Rico 14 (last in 2000)
Mexico 9 (last in 2016)
Cuba 8 (last in 2015)
Venezuela 7 (last in 2009)
Panama 1 (1950) – no longer play in Caribbean Series
All games will be broadcast in Spanish on ESPN3.com
2017 Caribbean Series Schedule:
Wednesday, February 01:
- Cuba vs. Dom. Rep. 5:00 p.m.
- Puerto Rico vs. Mexico 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 02:
- Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico 5:00 p.m.
- Mexico vs. Dom. Rep. 9:00 p.m.
Friday, February 03:
- Puerto Rico vs. Cuba 5:00 p.m.
- Venezuela vs. Mexico 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 04:
- Dom. Rep. vs. Puerto Rico 3:00 p.m.
- Cuba vs. Venezuela 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 05:
- Dom. Rep. vs. Venezuela 3:00 p.m.
- Mexico vs. Cuba 7:00 p.m.
Monday, February 06:
- TBD vs. TBD 3:00 p.m.
- TBD vs. TBD 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 07:
- TBD vs. TBD 3:00 p.m.
All times ET