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1977-1978 Cuban National League

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The 1977-1978 season was the seventeenth season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The 17th Serie Nacional was won by Vegueros – managed by José Miguel Pineda – with Industriales a game and a half behind. This season marked the hundreth season that top-flight baseball had been played in Cuba, and saw some of the biggest changes in the league since the seventh Serie Nacional ten years earlier.

On the heels of the June 5, 1976 restructuring of Cuba's provinces from six to fourteen and one special municipality, the league added four teams. The eighteen-team league now had at least one team in each of the nations provinces and special municipality – with three provinces (Ciudad de la Habana, Pinar del Río Province, Matanzas Province) receiving with two teams.

The designated hitter rule was also introduced to the Cuban National League – four seasons after Major League Baseball's American League adopted the rule. In pre-season exhibition game between Havana's CDR and MININT amateur clubs, Lázaro Mádam became Cuba's first DH. The expanded league also increased the season length to 51 games, although fewer than half the clubs played a complete schedule.

Cienfuegos' Pedro José Rodríguez, Sr. again led the league in home runs with 13, while future big leaguer Bárbaro Garbey led the league in runs batted in, knocking home 40 Industriales teammates. Fernando Sánchez of Henequeneros hits for a league-leading .394 average with 43 hits in 109 at bats, a hit short of breaking the serie record of .396. Three pitchers – Maximiliano Gutiérrez (Vegueros), José M. Pedroso (La Habana), Servando Medina (Cienfuegos) – finish the season tied for the league lead with nine wins. Gutiérrez also goes 46.1 innings without allowing a run to set a new record.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Serie Nacional champion
Team G W L T WPCT GB
Vegueros 50 36 14 0 0.720 -.-
Industriales 51 35 16 0 0.686 1.5
Camagüey 51 30 21 0 0.588 6.5
Forestales 50 29 21 0 0.580 7.0
Metropolitanos 49 28 21 0 0.571 7.5
Villa Clara 49 28 21 0 0.571 7.5
Cienfuegos 51 29 22 0 0.569 7.5
Guantánamo 50 28 22 0 0.560 8.0
Ciego de Ávila 49 26 23 0 0.531 9.5
Citricultores 51 27 24 0 0.529 9.5
Granma 50 25 25 0 0.500 11.0
Santiago de Cuba 50 25 25 0 0.500 11.0
La Habana 48 21 26 1 0.447 13.5
Holguín 51 22 28 1 0.440 14.0
Sancti Spíritus 51 20 30 1 0.400 16.0
Henequeneros 47 16 30 1 0.348 18.0
Las Tunas 51 12 37 2 0.245 23.5
Isla de Pinos 51 10 41 0 0.196 26.5

[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 Fernando Sánchez Henequeneros .394 43 hits in 109 at-bats
Runs Scored Rey V. Anglada Industriales 43
Base Hits Julián Villar Industriales 72
Doubles Agustín Marquetti Metropolitanos 14
Triples Juan Navarro Granma 8
Home Runs Pedro J. Rodríguez Cienfuegos 13
Runs Batted In Bárbaro Garbey Industriales 40
Base-on-Balls Antonio Muñoz Sancti Spíritus 54
Intentional Base-on-Balls Antonio Muñoz Sancti Spíritus 17
Hit-by-Pitch Giraldo Iglesias
Ángel Castillo
Ramón Otamendi
Freddy Portilla
Vegueros
Ciego de Ávila
Santiago de Cuba
Las Tunas
7
Strikeouts Reinaldo Fernández
Gerardo Rionda
Camagüey
Citricultores
44
Sacrifice Hit Joaquín Martínez
Alfredo Núñez
La Habana
La Habana
9
Sacrifice Fly Bárbaro Garbey Industriales 6
Stolen Bases Rey V. Anglada Industriales 29

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Maximiliano Gutiérrez
José M. Pedroso
Servando Medina
Vegueros
La Habana
Cienfuegos
9
Win-Loss Percentage Adalberto Herrera Vegueros 1.000 6 - 0
Earned Run Average José Riveira Villa Clara 0.82 5 ER in 55 IP
Innings Pitched Gaspar Legón Camagüey 105.0
Games Pitched Isidro Pérez Villa Clara 17
Games Started Félix Pino Forestales 13
Games Relieved Domingo Figueroa
Luis Álvarez
José Sánchez
José Cruz
Industriales
Industriales
Camagüey
Camagüey
14
Complete Games José M. Pedroso La Habana 10
Shutouts Maximiliano Gutiérrez Vegueros 5
Hits Allowed Braudilio Vinent
Francisco Labrada
Santiago de Cuba
Isla de Pinos
101
Strikeouts Rogelio García Vegueros 120
Base-on-Balls Rafael Rodríguez Henequeneros 51
Intentional Base-on-Balls Braudilio Vinent Santiago de Cuba 10
Hit Batters José M. Pedroso La Habana 13

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Fernando Sánchez a outfielder with Henequeneros. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Maximiliano Gutiérrez of Vegueros. José Riveira of Villa Clara was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] Series Selectivas

The fourth Series Selectivas was won by Las Villas, managed by the Eduardo Martín. The team defeated Pinar del Río in a best-of- series to break the regular season tie.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Las Villas 60 35 25 0.583 -.-
Pinar del Río 60 35 25 0.583 -.-
Habana 60 33 27 0.550 2.0
Camagüeyanos 60 32 28 0.533 3.0
Matanzas 60 24 36 0.400 11.0
Orientales 60 21 39 0.350 14.0

[edit] Playoffs

After Las Villas and Pinar del Río ended the regular season in a tie, a best-of-five series was played to crown a champion. Las Villas won the series, 3 - 2.

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[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Sources

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