The start of the Winter Leagues is upon us! Serie Nacional 57 opens play in Cuba on August 5 with defending champs Granma hosting Villa Clara. Here are a few news items from the “off season”:
CHANGE IN LOCATION FOR SERIE DEL CARIBE 2018 – The host location for the upcoming Caribbean Series had been announced as Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela. However, due to the ongoing social and political unrest in Venezuela, the Caribbean Confederation voted on June 14 to move the Series to Mexico. The Liga Mexicana del Pacifico (LMP) then promptly voted to host Serie del Caribe 2018 in Guadalajara, Jaliso.
The location for the upcoming Series will be Estadio Charros in Zapopan, Jalisco State, a suburb of Guadalajara. This is the same stadium that hosted second-round play in the World Baseball Classic 2017, and is the home field of the Charros de Jalisco club of the LMP.
OPENING WINTER LEAGUE DATES:
|SN 57||Cuba||August 5|
|LBPRC||Puerto Rico||November 9|
INTER-LEAGUE CONTROVERSY IN MEXICO – the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB), the Mexican summer league, has announced plans to operate a split-season in 2018 that will extend that league’s schedule into November. This will overlap with the beginning of the winter league schedule of the LMP, as well as cause conflicts among those players that currently play in both the LMB and LMP.
More to come on this hot topic.