Stat-urday, 2/8/2020


File:Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana.jpgCongrats to the Dominican Republic, who won this year’s Caribbean Series! The Caribbean Series has been played 62 times since 1949 (there was no Series from 1961 to 1969 or in 1981). Only two nations, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, have participated in each Series. The Dominican Republic comes in third with 50 Series played, and Mexico is just behind them having played in 49 Series. The Dominican Republic has won the most times with 20 wins and Puerto Rico has the second most wins with 16.

Not every member league has fielded a team each year. Cuba, for example, has played in only 18, and Panama only 14. Thus, when you look at the number of wins based on the number of series they’ve played in, Cuba has the highest winning percentage, having won 44% of the times they have participated. The Dominican Republic also has a high winning percentage having won the Series 40% of the times they’ve participated. (See the table below.)

This year, during the first round of play (the first 5 games for each team), the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Mexico each went 4-1. Puerto Rico was in fourth place with a record of 2-3. Panama and Colombia were eliminated, having won only 1 game an no games, respectively.

The semi-finals were held on Thursday. The match-ups were based on five factors: 1) games won; 2) the results of head-to-head matches; 3) team quality balance; 4) batting average; and 5) the drawing of lots. Thus, Mexico faced Venezuela and Puerto Rico faced the Dominican Republic. Ultimately, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic advanced to last night’s final.

Happy Stat-urday!

~ baseballrebecca

Country No. of Series Played No. of Series Won Percentage Years won
Dominican Republic 50 20 40% 1971, 1973, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1990-91, 1994, 1997-99, 2001, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2010, 2012, 2020
Puerto Rico 62 16 26% 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1972, 1974-75, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1992=93, 1995, 2000, 2017-18
Mexico 49 9 18% 1976, 1986, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2011, 2013-14, 2016
Cuba 18 8 44% 1949, 1952, 1956-60, 2015
Venezuela 62 7 11% 1970, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1989, 2006, 2009
Panama 14 2 14% 1950, 2019
Colombia 1 0 0%