|Matanzas Registers Five National Baseball Championships in Cuban Baseball Series
2012.06.18 - 11:10:09 / email@example.com / Translated by: JC Caballero
After many years, the performance showed by Matanzas´s baseball squad in the recently concluded Cuban National Baseball Championship under the guidance of coach Victor Mesa, was really close to the one showed during the 30th Cuban Baseball Championship (1990-91) in these kind of competitions.
It was the second national baseball championship that Victor achieved as a coach of the former Henequeneros squad, prior to the XIX National championship, when that team was then able to distributing their baseball players into the Citricultores team.
That was a period featured by the presence of local outstanding figures such as Fernándo Sanchez, Lázaro Junco, Julio Germán Fernández, Juan Luis Baró, Leonardo Goire, Carlos Kindelán, Eduardo Cárdenas, Lázaro Contreras, José Estrada, Armando Dueñas, Juan Manrique, as well as top-class pitchers like Jorge Luis Valdés, Rafael Rodríguez, Carlos Mesa, Leonardo Hernández, and other renowned ones such as Edward Terry, Anselmo Martínez and Hugo Cruz.
Nevertheless, it was before the aforementioned baseball championship that Tom Soto who was from Regla town in Havana and later based in Cienfuegos province, before the year 1959, when he made his debut with the local Occidentales team (Western-team division).
It was precisely while being phased in the 1977 baseball structure made up of 18 teams after the new political and regional division of the time during the 1st National Baseball championship when the second title was achieved by head coach Juan Bregio with the Citricultores squad during the XVI Baseball championship after having registered a favourable result of 26 games won and 12 ones lost in a short period of time.
In addition, the Matanzas squad achieved its third National Baseball championship with the Citricultores squad with 52 games won and 23 ones lost.
The great rivalry for the squad of Matanzas began in the middle of a fierce competition carried out by the teams from the eastern division and those from the central division like the then Azucareros squad that was trying to surpass the wining hegemony of the western teams such as the Havana squad and the Industriales team during the II, III, IV National Baseball championships and the Havana squad during the VII National baseball Series.
In Addition, the Orientales squad became the national baseball champion during the VIII national championship along with the Henequeneros team, later on, which was then headed by Miguel Ángel Domínguez during the IX National Baseball Series.
It was a historic result in which emblematic players such as Wilfredo Sanchez, Rigoberto Rosique and Felix Isasi could participate and were then called by the outstanding and late sports narrator Bobby Salamanca as Los Tres Mosqueteros (the three musketeers) as well as his fourth hitter, Tomas Soto, as D'Artañan.
Regarding the individual-defensive department, baseball player Wilfredo led in the offensive and batting average with 351, 98 hits, 46 scored runs and 34 stolen bases, along with baseball player Alfredo Garcia, who was the winner player of the tournament with 12 ones, therefore, they were the two key baseball players of that great victory achieved by Matanzas.
A look into the new national baseball champion team of Ciego de Ávila, which needed 36 years to win, as well as other local teams that are still waiting to achieve a similar result, tells us about the potential of the Matanzas baseball squad and its determination to return to the podium of the Cuban National Baseball Championship. By Dagoberto Miguel Toledo