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The Leones del Caracas
Caracas
(English: Caracas
Caracas
Lions) are a Venezuelan baseball team that currently plays in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball
Baseball
League. In the 2015-16 season, they became the club with the highest average home attendance in the league, with an average of 10,845[1]. The next season, the average attendance was 6,539.

Contents

1 History 2 Ballpark 3 Championship titles/Managers 4 Caribbean World Series
Caribbean World Series
titles 5 Retired uniform numbers 6 Current roster 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit]

1895 Caracas
Caracas
Baseball
Baseball
Club.

Cervecería Caracas
Caracas
was founded in 1942, after Cervecería Princesa, an early team, was bought and transformed into Caracas. At first, the team played its home games at the old Estadio Cerveza Caracas, which was located in the capital city of Caracas. The team was founded by Martín Tovar Lange and managed by big leaguer Alejandro Carrasquel. The Princesa team played its last game on May 7, 1942. Then, Caracas debuted four days later with a 7–3 victory over the Criollos (English: Creoles). The game was played in Puerto Cabello, a city on the north coast of Venezuela. Caracas
Caracas
faced its later nemesis, the Navegantes del Magallanes
Navegantes del Magallanes
for the first time on December 27 of that year, winning this now historic game by a 3–0 score. In its first stage, the team won two championship titles before moving to the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League in January 1946. Since its inception, the Caracas
Caracas
team was characterized by having only Venezuelan players on their roster. The club changed its policy in 1950, after signing catcher Lester Fusselman and outfielder Maurice Mozzali, two St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
prospects. In 1952, the franchise was bought by the publicist and sport commentator Pablo Morales and christened Leones del Caracas. Since then, the team plays its home games at the Estadio Universitario in Caracas. Later, businessman Oscar Prieto Ortiz joined Morales as a legal partner. Pete Rose
Pete Rose
was benched after a slump late in the 1964 MLB
MLB
season, finishing with a .269 average, but continued to play winter ball in Venezuela
Venezuela
with the Leones del Caracas
Caracas
team during the 1964–1965 season to improve his batting. By 2001, the descendants of Morales and Prieto sold their shares to the Grupo Cisneros, giving it majority control of the team.

Panoramic view of the stadium.

Through 2013, the Caracas
Caracas
team has won 20 championship titles (3 as Cervecería Caracas
Caracas
and 17 as Leones del Caracas), more than any other team in Venezuelan Professional Baseball League history. Ballpark[edit] The Estadio Universitario is a multi-use stadium located in Caracas, Venezuela. The stadium holds 22,690 people and was built in 1952. This stadium forms part of the Central University of Venezuela
Venezuela
campus and was designed by architect Carlos Raúl Villanueva. It is considered a masterpiece of urban planning and was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO
UNESCO
in 2000. Championship titles/Managers[edit]

1947-1948: José Antonio Casanova * 1948-1949: José Antonio Casanova * 1951-1952: José Antonio Casanova * 1952–1953: Martín Dihigo 1956–1957: Clay Bryant 1961–1962: Regino Otero 1963–1964: Regino Otero 1966–1967: Regino Otero 1967–1968: Regino Otero 1972–1973: Oswaldo Virgil 1977–1978: Felipe Rojas Alou 1979–1980: Felipe Rojas Alou 1980–1981: Alfonso (Chico) Carrasquel 1981–1982: Alfonso (Chico) Carrasquel 1986–1987: Bill Plummer 1987–1988: Bill Robinson 1989–1990: Phil Regan 1994–1995: Pompeyo Davalillo 2005–2006: Carlos Subero 2009–2010: Dave Hudgens

* Won the title as Cervecería Caracas. The team changed owners and name in 1952, but documents made public on October 4, 2011, state that the franchise official name - Caracas
Caracas
Base Ball Club - remained constant during all sale transactions in 1949, 1952 and 2001. This has resulted in a change on the historical stats of Leones del Caracas, as reflected in the official page of the league.[2][3] Caribbean World Series
Caribbean World Series
titles[edit] On February 9, 1982, the Leones earned Venezuela's third Caribbean World Series and the franchise's first, by defeating Dominican Republics's Leones del Escogido
Leones del Escogido
with a 3-1 score. The Leones ended the series with a record of 5 wins and 1 defeat. The Venezuelan team, with Alfonso Carrasquel
Alfonso Carrasquel
at the helm, gained the championship title with a 5-1 record. Leones was led by catcher and Series MVP Baudilio Díaz (.412 BA, two home runs, five RBI, .500 OBP, .765 SLG), CF Tony Armas (.375, six RBI) and LF Luis Salazar
Luis Salazar
(six runs, four stolen bases). The pitching staff was led by Luis Leal, who posted a 2-0 record with a 2.08 ERA and 10 strikeouts and a in 13.0 innings of work. Behind him were Bud Black
Bud Black
(1-0, 1.29), Dennis Burtt (1-0, one save, seven SO in 10⅔ innings) and Tom Dixon (nine scoreless innings in Game 7). Venezuela
Venezuela
also featured 2B Steve Sax, SS Ron Gardenhire, 1B Dave Garcia, 3B Leonardo Hernández, pinch-hitter Andrés Galarraga
Andrés Galarraga
and pitcher Joe Cowley, among others. On February 7, 2006, the Leones earned Venezuela's first Caribbean World Series title in 16 years, by defeating the Tigres del Licey
Tigres del Licey
of the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
with a 5-4 score in the last game; this left the Leones with a record of six wins and no defeats at the 2006 Caribbean Series, ahead of Licey's four wins and two defeats record. With the victory, the Leones won Venezuela's sixth Caribbean Series title, and the franchise's second after the 1982 Caribbean Series. This also marked the first time a Venezuelan team sweeps the Caribbean Series, a feat previously accomplished only by teams from Cuba (Almendares in 1949, Habana in 1952, and Cienfuegos in 1960), from Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
(Cangrejeros de Santurce in 1953 and 2000, and Senadores de San Juan in 1995) and from the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
(Tigres del Licey in 1971, 1977 and 1991, and Águilas Cibaeñas
Águilas Cibaeñas
in 1998). Retired uniform numbers[edit]

1 Pompeyo Davalillo SS Retired 2 Víctor Davalillo OF Retired 6 Gonzalo Márquez 1B Retired 8 Urbano Lugo P Retired 11 Luis AparicioSS Retired 12 César TovarIF Retired 17 Alfonso "Chico" Carrasquel SS Retired 20 Antonio Armas OF Retired 25 Baudilio Díaz C Retired

23 Omar Vizquel SS Retired 2008 41 Andrés Galarraga 1B Retired 2008

* Retired by VPBL Current roster[edit]

Leones del Caracas
Caracas
Week 8 Roster

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Players Coaches

Pitchers

80 José Ascanio 61 Francisco Carrillo 71 Manny Correa 37 Luis Díaz 87 Miller Díaz 64 Kaleb Fleck 27 Juan Gutiérrez 57 David Kubiak 59 Robinson Leyer 67 Frank López 28 Fernando Nieve 81 Efraín Nieves 34 Loiger Padrón 65 Jesús Pirela 55 Miguel Socolovich 70 Albert Suárez

Roster updated on 28 November 2017

Catchers

38 Ramón Cabrera 62 Albert Cordero 58 Carlos Pérez

Infielders

75 Jesús Aguilar 03 Harold Castro 36 Yandy Díaz 15 Jesús Guzmán 31 Gregorio Petit 09 Henry Rodríguez 14 Wilfredo Tovar

Outfielders

89 Anthony García 73 Alexander Palma 18 Félix Pérez 77 Trayvon Robinson

Manager

66 Mike Rojas

Coaches

20 Antonio Armas (First Base) 50 Yunir García (Third Base) 68 Howard Johnson (Hitting Assistant) 86 Kelvin Monsalve (Bullpen) 84 Juan Múñoz (First Base) 69 Jason Simontacchi (Pitching) 30 Yorvit Torrealba
Yorvit Torrealba
(Bench)

See also[edit]

1953 Caribbean Series 1957 Caribbean Series 1980 Caribbean Series 1982 Caribbean Series 2006 Caribbean Series

References[edit]

^ "La asistencia en la LVBP sigue en caída libre". Meridiano.  (in Spanish) ^ Avila: Caracas
Caracas
has 20 Championships (in Spanish) ^ Magallanes doesn't accept Caracas' 20 Championships (in Spanish)

External links[edit]

Official Website

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Venezuelan Professional Baseball
Baseball
League

Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional

Current teams

Águilas del Zulia Bravos de Margarita Cardenales de Lara Caribes de Anzoátegui Leones del Caracas Navegantes del Magallanes Tiburones de La Guaira Tigres de Aragua

Defunct teams

Cervecería Caracas Estrellas Orientales Gavilanes BBC Indios de Oriente Industriales de Valencia Lácteos de Pastora Licoreros de Pampero Llaneros de Acarigua Llaneros de Portuguesa Pastora BBC Pastora de los Llanos Pastora de Occidente Patriotas de Venezuela Petroleros de Cabimas Sabios de Vargas Santa Marta BBC

Seasons

1998-99 2000-01 2005-06 2007-08 2008-09 2009–10

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