La Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico Professional baseball League) began it’s 2013 season on November 1. As you can tell (sort of) from my map of Puerto Rico, are currently five teams in the Puerto Rico baseball league. So far, Los Gigantes are leading the league with a 4-1 record, and Los Criollos are in second place at 3-3.
Now, I don’t know a lot about Puerto Rico, though I’ve always wanted to go. So, I figured a good way to learn about anything is to start with baseball. While it’s best to learn about things from their perspective, sometimes it helps to relate them to what you already know. So, here’s a breakdown of the five Puerto Rico League teams, as they relate to the Baltimore Orioles:
- Cangrejeros de Santurce (Santurce Crabbers)- The roster on their website includes former Orioles Jake Arrieta and Robert Andino, but only Andino appears on the roster on MLB.com. In 1968, Jim Palmer pitched for Santurce, and Frank Robinson was their manager.
- Gigantes de Carolina (Carolina Giants) – O’s minor league RHP Julio Rodriguez is on their roster; he was 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA with the Frederick Keys last season.
- Criollos de Caguas (Caguas Creoles) – SS Adrian Marin is on the roster; he played for the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2013 and had a batting average of .265. Roberto Alomar played there in 1985.
- Leones de Ponce (Ponce Lions) – I couldn’t find any current roster link to the Baltimore Orioles.
- Indios de Mayaguez (Mayaguez Indians) – RHP Dennis Torres is listed on their roster; he went 1-3 for Delmarva last year with a 3.22 ERA.
The league was renamed La Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente in 2012, and they celebrate their 75th anniversary this year. However, more information is a little hard to find. The league’s website and Facebook page provide great information, if you know Spanish. If you look really hard, and squint, you can also get the scores on ESPN Deportes. But even Wikipedia doesn’t have a lot of information.
Seems to me, that a little more information could go a long way. Maybe those of us who love baseball in all forms, might actually go catch a few games, if we knew more about the teams and cities of the Puerto Rico baseball league. I’m sure the information is out there, the average fan just doesn’t know how to find it. But I’ll keep looking…