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1968-1969 Cuban National League

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The 1968-1969 season was the eighth season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The eighth Serie Nacional was won by Azucareros, who were managed by Servio Borges. Both defending champion La Habana and four-time winner Industriales trailed the club by a single game.

The season saw the emergence of two stars. The first was La Habana's 24-year old southpaw, Santiago Mederos who set a new strikeout record with 208 Ks. Three decades would pass before a pitcher, Maels Rodríguez, would to two hundred again. On January 30th he also struck out twenty Camagüeyanos to set a nine-inning record that would stand over thirty years.

The other star was Wilfredo Sánchez, a 20-year old left handed free-swinger with Henequeneros. He won his first of five batting crowns with a .354 average while raising the record for hits in season to 140 and triples to 13. His hits mark would take thirty years to fall while the triples record has yet to be bested.

Two all-time pitching records are set as Emilio Salgado (Vegueros) pitches 230.1 innings while Henequeneros' Gaspar Pérez walks 127. Despite the high walk total, Pérez is named Cuba's mejor atleta del año (Best Athlete of the Year) - the first baseball player to earn that distinction. Aquino Abreu has a career season going 10 - 1 for the Azucareros, three years after his back-to-back no-hitters.

Granjeros' Felipe Sarduy goes 29 consecutive games with a hit breaking José Pérez's one year old record of 21 games. On November 12, the Mineros' first baseman Elpidio Mancebo hits five extra-base hits against Matanzas to set a record. Agustín Marquetti (La Habana) slugs 19 home runs to set a record.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Serie Nacional champion
Team G W L WPCT GB
Azucareros 99 69 30 0 0.697 -.-
Industriales 99 68 31 0 0.687 1.0
La Habana 99 68 31 0 0.687 1.0
Mineros 99 62 37 0 0.626 7.0
Granjeros 99 57 42 0 0.576 12.0
Henequeneros 99 55 43 1 0.561 13.5
Las Villas 99 45 53 1 0.459 23.5
Pinar del Río 99 43 56 0 0.434 26.0
Matanzas 99 35 64 0 0.354 34.0
Oriente 99 33 66 0 0.333 36.0
Vegueros 99 32 67 0 0.323 37.0
Camagüey 99 26 73 0 0.263 43.0

[edit] Leaders

Bold indicates either wooden bat record or aluminum bat record (1976-1977 to 1998-1999), Italics indicate Serie Nacional record

[edit] Batting

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Batting Average Wilfredo Sánchez Henequeneros .354 140 hits in 395 at-bats
Runs Scored Antonio Jiménez Industriales 84
Base Hits Wilfredo Sánchez Henequeneros 140
Doubles Elpidio Mancebo Mineros 26
Triples Wilfredo Sánchez Henequeneros 13
Home Runs Agustín Marquetti La Habana 19
Runs Batted In Agustín Marquetti La Habana 85
Base-on-Balls Felipe Sarduy Granjeros 85
Intentional Base-on-Balls Miguel Cuevas Granjeros 12
Hit-by-Pitch Agustín Marquetti La Habana 15
Strikeouts Luis Castro Vegueros 67
Sacrifice Hit Emilio Madrazo Azucareros 14
Sacrifice Fly Félix Rosa Industriales 8
Stolen Bases Antonio Jiménez Industriales 49

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Santiago Mederos
Rolando Macías
La Habana
Azucareros
17
Win-Loss Percentage Aquino Abreu Azucareros 0.909 10 - 1
Earned Run Average Roberto Valdés Mineros 1.03 22 ER in 192 IP
Innings Pitched Emilio Salgado Vegueros 230.1
Games Pitched Lázaro Santana Granjeros 43
Games Started Santiago Mederos
Emilio Salgado
Óscar Romero
La Habana
Vegueros
Granjeros
25
Games Relieved Lázaro Santana Granjeros 39
Complete Games Roberto Valdés
Emilio Salgado
Mineros
Vegueros
20
Shutouts Santiago Mederos
Roberto Valdés
La Habana
Mineros
6
Hits Allowed Emilio Salgado Vegueros 198
Strikeouts Santiago Mederos La Habana 208
Base-on-Balls Gaspar Pérez Henequeneros 127
Intentional Base-on-Balls Gaspar Pérez
Lázaro Santana
Henequeneros
Granjeros
13
Hit Batters Orlando Figueredo Oriente 19

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Wilfredo Sánchez a outfielder with Henequeneros. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Santiago Mederos of La Habana. Armando Sánchez of Henequeneros was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] All-Star Series

The second All-Star Series featured two teams playing a 9-game series. Orientales, managed by Servio Borges, defeated Occidentales, 5 to 4.

[edit] Leaders

[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Sources

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