Caribbean swings into action with the 60th anniversary of the International Caribbean Baseball Series 2018 Friday, battling for the title in Guadalajara’s Pan American Stadium.
The competition kicked off with the Dominicans facing the Venezuelans while Mexico took on Cuba in the first six hours of the series. The Cubans walked away in a shine of glory with a 6-4 win, although suffering an injury to one of their strongest batters, Alfredo Despaigne.
"In the playoffs in Cuba, I suffered a muscle strain and now it bothered me more, that's why I decided not to play now to give me treatment and be able to play the missing games," Despaigne told ESPN.
"This is the trophy that we will be looking for all the teams that will participate in the Series of the Caribbean Jalisco 2018.
Go Mexico !!!!"
In the coming days, baseball fans will see the Dominican Republic’s Águilas Cibaeñas play against the 2017 champions, Puerto Rico’s Criollos de Caguas, while Venezuela’s Caribes de Azoátegui match talent with Mexico’s Tomateros de Culiacán. The smaller matches will continue throughout the week, leading up to Wednesday’s semifinals on Feb. 7 before wrapping up on Thursday with the Grand Finals.
The games will be aired internationally on ESPN Deportes and the schedules are as follows:
Friday, Feb. 2
2/1c: Venezuela vs. Cuba
9/8c: Puerto Rico vs. Mexico
Saturday, Feb. 3
3/2c: Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
9/8c: Mexico vs. Cuba
Sunday, Feb. 4
3/2c: Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
9/8c: Venezuela vs. Mexico
Monday, Feb. 5
3/2c: Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
9/8c: Cuba vs. Dominican Republic
Tuesday, Feb. 6
3/2c: Cuba vs. Puerto Rico
9/8c: Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
Wednesday, Feb. 7
3/2c: Semifinal #1
9/8c: Semifinal #2
Thursday, Feb. 8