La 52 Serie presenta nueva cara

September 15, 2012

 Aliet Arzola Lima (Diario Granma)

Ya es oficial. El próximo 25 de noviembre, último domingo de ese mes, comenzará la 52 Serie Nacional de Béisbol, en esta versión con un cúmulo de peculiaridades y cambios dirigidos a elevar la calidad del torneo supremo del deporte cubano, sinónimo de mayor espectáculo para los aficionados a las bolas y los strikes.

Luego de 15 reuniones convocadas a lo largo de la Isla, en las cuales se debatió acerca del perfeccionamiento de la disciplina y se recogieron 170 propuestas de estructura, Higinio Vélez, director nacional de Béisbol y presidente de la Federación Cubana, informó a la prensa nacional que el torneo, en el cual participaron 17 selecciones la pasada campaña, retoma el formato de 16 conjuntos surgido desde la edición 32, solo que ahora no estará Metropolitanos —desaparece tras 38 campeonatos en la máxima categoría—, respetando el criterio de la representatividad, con un plantel por cada provincia, incluyendo el municipio especial Isla de la Juventud.

Lo novedoso del naciente modelo radica en el calendario competitivo, que constará de dos etapas. En la primera fase, las 16 novenas en liza disputarán 45 juegos por el sistema de todos contra todos a una vuelta, con enfrentamientos particulares de tres choques y un día de descanso posterior.

A una segunda instancia avanzarían los ocho de mejores dividendos en la clasificación general, sin tener en cuenta las zonas, por lo que perfectamente pudiera darse un final entre dos naves de la misma región, contrario a lo que venía sucediendo en las ediciones precedentes.

Estos ocho elencos efectuarían 42 desafíos a dos vueltas en busca de los cuatro grandes, que luego dirimirían semifinal y final por los tradicionales play off (1 vs. 4 y 2 vs. 3), de siete juegos a ganar cuatro. Como singularidad, en la segunda etapa, cada conjunto contará hasta con cinco refuerzos de las escuadras eliminadas, preferiblemente de su zona, quienes entrarían por los descartes de las respectivas direcciones.

“El consenso con los managers es total sobre los peloteros que deberán bajar. Ellos aseguran que de esta forma lograrán motivar al máximo a todos sus hombres, quienes se pondrán una meta cada vez más alta en pos de permanecer en el equipo”, aseveró Higinio sobre el tópico.

No obstante, con respecto al tema de los refuerzos todavía quedan demasiados cabos sueltos para explicar con lujo de detalles cómo se implementará, aunque, de momento, la Dirección Nacional de Béisbol propone confeccionar un draft con los jugadores de mayor rendimiento de las selecciones eliminadas, de forma que los mentores en disputa puedan escoger de acuerdo a las urgencias pertinentes.

TERCER CLÁSICO EN ESCENA

Más allá de las nuevas disposiciones en la estructura, la venidera temporada reserva otra peculiaridad: el Tercer Clásico Mundial, presumiblemente a comienzos de marzo, lo que imposibilita desarrollar la Serie Nacional sin ninguna interrupción. En esta oportunidad, el parón será el 3 de febrero, tras la primera fase, que tendrá como colofón el Juego de las Estrellas.

Tal hecho daría un mes para la definición de nuestro plantel al magno evento, en el cual debutará en las lejanas tierras de Japón, justo en un grupo con los locales, China y un cuarto clasificado que saldrá de la inminente etapa previa, a partir del 19 de septiembre.

Una semana después del Clásico se reanudaría la Serie Nacional en su segundo capítulo, incorporadas las principales figuras a sus respectivas representaciones.

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U.S. Venues For 2013 World Baseball Classic Announced

July 26, 2012

MLB Press Release

07/25/2012 2:30 PM EST

San Francisco’s AT&T Park Will Host Semi-Finals and Final;

Marlins Park to Welcome Second Round Pool;

First Round Games to Be Held at D-backs’ Homes Chase Field,

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the United States venues for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will be played at sites throughout the world in March.

The Semi-Finals and Final of the 2013 World Baseball Classic will be staged at San Francisco’s AT&T Park and hosted by the San Francisco Giants. Second-round games will be held at Marlins Park, which is currently in its inaugural season, and hosted by the Miami Marlins. First round competition will be played at both Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale and hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

San Francisco will make its debut as a host city for the World Baseball Classic, succeeding San Diego’s PETCO Park (2006) and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (2009) as the host of the Semi-Finals and Final. AT&T Park, which is currently in its 13th season as the home of the Giants, has hosted Major League Baseball’s 2007 All-Star Game and the World Series in 2002 and 2010.

Miami will be a second round host venue for the second straight World Baseball Classic, having also done so in 2009 at Dolphin Stadium. Marlins Park is a state-of-the-art retractable roof ballpark in the heart of Miami, renewing the legacy of the Orange Bowl in Little Havana.

The homes of the D-backs, Chase Field and Salt River Fields, will serve as host venues for the first round. This is the second time that World Baseball Classic contests will be played at Chase Field, which hosted in 2006, when Scottsdale Stadium also welcomed first round games. Chase Field hosted the 2001 World Series and the 2011 Midsummer Classic.

“We are very pleased to partner with three franchises that will prove to be outstanding hosts of the 2013 World Baseball Classic,” said Paul Archey, President of World Baseball Classic, Inc. “The Giants, the Marlins and the D-backs share our commitment to continuing the game’s remarkable global growth, and their world-class cities and ballparks will welcome the unique brand of enthusiasm inspired by the World Baseball Classic.”

“Miami, Phoenix and San Francisco are three culturally diverse, baseball-loving cities,” said Timothy Slavin, a member of the WBCI Board of Directors. “We’re confident each of these communities and venues will provide an unforgettable experience for players and fans from around the world.”

International venues that will host 2013 World Baseball Classic games, pool composition and game dates will be announced in the weeks ahead along with information regarding ticket availability.

Venues hosting games during the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers were announced previously, and include Armin-Wolf-Baseball-Arena in Regensburg, Germany; Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama; XinZuang Stadium in Taipei, Taiwan; and Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.

Team Cuba Celebrates at Honkbal 2012

July 24, 2012

Photo: Arthur van der Velde

Yulieski Gourriel y Víctor Mesa al momento de recoger el trofeo de campeones (Honkbal 2012)

July 24, 2012

Photo: Michael Rosa, BaseballDeCuba.com

Béisbol Cuba: Las mejores jugadas de los veteranos en el Juego de las Estrellas. Febrero 2012.

July 17, 2012

Cuban Baseball Tribute

July 17, 2012

Aroldis Chapman Pitches Well At The 2012 MLB All-Stars Game

July 11, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO – JULY 10: National League All-Star Aroldis Chapman #54 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the eighth inning during the 83rd MLB All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Examiner.com reported that “NL Manager Tony LaRussa utilized Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning with two outs. Chapman would face the Angels’ rookie phenom Mike Trout and would walk him. Another Angel, Mark Trumbo, would come up next, but this time Chapman set him down on strikes to end the inning.”

Boxscore 2012 All-Star Game

Richard Webster, on same website, reported also the following abut Aroldis on May 22, 2012:

    Cincinnati Reds’ Aroldis Chapman arrested and being sued for $18 million

Next time you think you’re having a bad day, recall the day that Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher Aroldis “the Cuban Missile” Chapman is having. Not only did he just get arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license yesterday (May 21) in Ohio, but he’s also being sued for $18 million by a Cuban-American currently jailed in his native Cuba.

According to espn.go, 24-year-old Chapman was stopped by Grove City Police after their radar clocked him driving 93 mph on I-71 shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday.

Yuliesky Gourriel Congratulates Team-Mate

July 9, 2012

Team Cuba

… after 5-2 win last night against USA at LatinAmerican Stadium in Havana.

Tonight is the final game. Cuba leads the series 3-1.

USA Falls 5-2 to Cuba in Havana

July 9, 2012

July 8, 2012

Circles Robinson, writing for Havana Times

Freddy Asiel Alvarez pitched six innings of no-hit ball against the hard hitting USA university team.

HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s national baseball team won its third straight exhibition game against the USA university selection on Sunday afternoon in Havana by a score of 5-2.

With the Cuban hosts ahead three games to one, the final game of the USA-Cuba series is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Monday night with Odrisamer Despaigne set to start for Cuba and highly touted lefty Carlos Rondon expected to get the call for the USA.

The game can be seen live on Cubavision Internacional Internet TV. Click on “TV en vivo”

Campeones de la Serie Nacional 51 de Béisbol de Cuba – Ciego de Ávila

July 9, 2012

Foto: Marcelino Vázquez