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The 1974-1975 season was the fourteenth season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The 14th Serie Nacional was won by Agricultores, who were managed by Orlando Leroux. The Havana-based teams championship coincides with a halving of the length of the Serie Nacional season from 78 games to 39 games. This change was made to allow for the playing of the 54-game Special Series, and first Series Selectivas in the spring and summer.

The champions are led by pitcher Walfrido Ruiz, who wins nine games to lead the league and loses none, and whose 0.62 ERA is a league leader as well. He is also named MVP and best pitcher. Santiago "Changa" Mederos records his 1000th strikeout on March 8 at Estadio Latinoamericano – his opposing pitcher on that day was Ruiz.

Fermín Laffita of Cafetaleros set a new record for batting average, breaking Erwin Walters's record from the league's first season. He hits .396 over the season with 55 hits in 139 at-bats.

Juan Pérez Pérez throws a 2 – 0 no-hitter on January 19 for Ganaderos against Citricultores at Estadio Cándido González. It is Pérez's third consecutive season with a no-hitter.

José Antonio Huelga, Cuba's star pitcher in the 1970 World Cup, is killed in a July 4th automobile accident. Huelga was still in the midst of his seventh season at the time of his death. His career line includes a 73-32 win-loss record, 1.50 ERA, and 722 strikeouts.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Serie Nacional champion
Team G W L WPCT GB
Agricultores 39 24 15 0.615 -.-
Vegueros 39 23 16 0.590 1.0
Constructores 39 23 16 0.590 1.0
Granjeros 39 22 17 0.564 2.0
Citricultores 39 22 17 0.564 2.0
Metropolitanos 38 21 17 0.553 2.5
Cafetaleros 39 21 18 0.538 3.0
Ganaderos 38 20 18 0.526 3.5
Serranos 39 18 21 0.462 6.0
Mineros 39 18 21 0.462 6.0
Azucareros 39 17 22 0.436 7.0
Forestales 39 17 22 0.436 7.0
Henequeneros 39 13 26 0.333 11.0
Arroceros 39 13 26 0.333 11.0

[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 Fermín Laffita Cafetaleros .396 55 hits in 139 at-bats
Runs Scored Anselmo Hernández Granjeros 29
Base Hits Eulogio Osorio Agricultores 58
Doubles Raúl Reyes
Arturo Linares
Constructores
Agricultores
11
Triples Julián Villar Agricultores 5
Home Runs Fernando Sánchez Henequeneros 6
Runs Batted In Armando Capiró Metropolitanos 27
Base-on-Balls Ángel Castillo Granjeros 28
Intentional Base-on-Balls Leonildo Martínez
Sandalio Hernández
Vegueros
Granjeros
10
Hit-by-Pitch Ramón Otamendi Mineros 7
Strikeouts Jorge Causillo Mineros 38
Sacrifice Hit Mario Domecq Citricultores 8
Sacrifice Fly Enrique Oduardo Arroceros 6
Stolen Bases Wilfredo Sánchez Citricultores 14

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Walfrido Ruiz Agricultores 9
Win-Loss Percentage Walfrido Ruiz Agricultores 1.000 9 - 0
Earned Run Average Walfrido Ruiz Agricultores 0.62 6 ER in 87.2 IP
Innings Pitched Santiago Mederos Agricultores 91.2
Games Pitched Ramón Villabrille Metropolitanos 18
Games Started Eleven pitchers tied [[]] 10
Games Relieved Ramón Villabrille Metropolitanos 18
Complete Games Gregorio Pérez
Omar Carrero
Cafetaleros
Ganaderos
8
Shutouts Juan Pérez Pérez Ganaderos 5
Hits Allowed Mario Fernández Mineros 73
Strikeouts Santiago Mederos Agricultores 92
Base-on-Balls Rogelio García Vegueros 36
Intentional Base-on-Balls Adalberto Herrera
Ramón Villabrille
Vegueros
Metropolitanos
7
Hit Batters Rolando Macías Azucareros 7

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Walfrido Ruiz a pitcher with Agricultores. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Walfrido Ruiz of Agricultores. Eduardo Terry of Citricultores was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] Special Series

The Special Series was won by Vegueros who defeated Constructores in the best-of-three championship series. Vegueros (Special Series)|Vegueros was managed by the José Pineda.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Vegueros 54 32 22 0.593 -.-
Constructores 54 32 22 0.593 0.0
Serranos 54 31 23 0.574 1.0
Minero 52 26 26 0.500 5.0
Granjeros 53 26 27 0.491 5.5
Henequeneros 53 20 33 0.377 11.5
Azucareros 54 20 34 0.370 12.0

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[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Series Selectivas

The first Series Selectivas was won by Oriente, managed by the José Carrillo.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Oriente 54 33 21 0.611 -.-
Camagüeyanos 54 32 22 0.593 1.0
Habana 54 32 22 0.593 1.0
Pinar del Río 54 30 24 0.556 3.0
Las Villas 54 26 28 0.481 7.0
Matanzas 54 19 35 0.352 14.0
Industriales 54 17 37 0.315 16.0

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