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1978-1979 Cuban National League

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The 1978-1979 season was the eighteenth season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

Sancti Spíritus won its only title in the 18th Serie Nacional. The team, managed by Cándido Andrade, was followed closely by Villa Clara (2.5 games out) and Vegueros (3.5 games out).

Wilfredo Sánchez of Citricultores wins his fourth batting title, in the closest race in serie history. His .3774 average barely beats that of Agustín Arias. Pedro José Rodríguez, Sr. wins his third home run title with another 19 homer season, and leads the league with 53 runs batted in as well. Villa Clara's Nivaldo Pérez wins nine games with no losses and has a 0.86 ERA to capture best pitching honors. Camagüey hurler Gaspar Legón leads the league with 12 victories.

Cuba's second multi-pitcher no-hitter occurs on February 18 at Granma's Estadio Mártires de Barbados. In the home team's 14 – 0 blowout of Ciego de Ávila, Juan R. Gómez, Pablo Castro, and José Brizuela throw nine no-hit innings with Gómez recording the win.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Serie Nacional champion
Team G W L T WPCT GB
Sancti Spíritus 51 39 12 0 0.765 -.-
Villa Clara 51 36 14 1 0.720 2.5
Vegueros 50 35 14 1 0.714 3.0
Cienfuegos 51 31 20 0 0.608 8.0
Forestales 50 30 20 0 0.600 8.5
Camagüey 50 28 21 1 0.571 10.0
Granma 49 27 21 1 0.563 10.5
Citricultores 51 28 23 0 0.549 11.0
Ciego de Ávila 51 26 25 0 0.510 13.0
Metropolitanos 51 25 25 1 0.500 13.5
Santiago de Cuba 51 23 28 0 0.451 16.0
Industriales 49 22 27 0 0.449 16.0
Henequeneros 51 22 29 0 0.431 17.0
Guantánamo 50 21 29 0 0.420 17.5
Holguín 51 19 32 0 0.373 20.0
Las Tunas 51 15 35 1 0.300 23.5
La Habana 50 14 36 0 0.280 24.5
Isla de la Juventud 50 10 40 0 0.200 28.5

[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 Wilfredo Sánchez Citricultores .377 80 hits in 212 at-bats
Runs Scored Pedro J. Rodríguez Cienfuegos 42
Base Hits Wilfredo Sánchez Citricultores 80
Doubles Armando Capiró
Jorge Beltrán
Lourdes Gourriel
Industriales
Industriales
Sancti Spíritus
12
Triples Sixto Hernández Cienfuegos 6
Home Runs Pedro J. Rodríguez Cienfuegos 19
Runs Batted In Pedro J. Rodríguez Cienfuegos 53
Base-on-Balls Antonio Muñoz Sancti Spíritus 72
Intentional Base-on-Balls Antonio Muñoz Sancti Spíritus 13
Hit-by-Pitch Pedro J. Rodríguez Cienfuegos 10
Strikeouts Pedro Peñalver La Habana 51
Sacrifice Hit David Sánchez
Reinaldo Bravo
Vegueros
Holguín
8
Sacrifice Fly Wilfredo Hernández
Juan Dranguet
Gerardo Simón
Guantánamo
Guantánamo
Guantánamo
5
Stolen Bases Víctor Mesa Villa Clara 20

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Gaspar Legón Camagüey 12
Win-Loss Percentage Nivaldo Pérez Villa Clara 1.000 9 - 0
Earned Run Average Nivaldo Pérez Villa Clara 0.86 7 ER in 73.2 IP
Innings Pitched Juan R. Gómez Granma 122.0
Games Pitched Eduardo Rodríguez Metropolitanos 20
Games Started Asterio Zaldívar
Roberto Ramos
Las Tunas
Sancti Spíritus
15
Games Relieved Eduardo Rodríguez Metropolitanos 20
Complete Games Rogelio García Vegueros 12
Shutouts Rogelio García Vegueros 4
Hits Allowed Gregorio Pérez Las Tunas 111
Strikeouts Rogelio García Vegueros 102
Base-on-Balls Roberto Ramos Sancti Spíritus 54
Intentional Base-on-Balls Manuel Álvarez Ciego de Ávila 9
Hit Batters Alfonso Ilivanes Guantánamo 13

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Wilfredo Sánchez a outfielder with Citricultores. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Nivaldo Pérez of Villa Clara. Alejo O´Reilly of Villa Clara was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] All-Star Series

The seventh All-Star Series featured two teams playing a 2-game series. Selección, managed by Servio Borges, defeated Oriente, 2 to 0.

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[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Series Selectivas

The fifth Series Selectivas was won by Pinar del Río, managed by the José Pineda.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Pinar del Río 60 40 20 0.667 -.-
Orientales 59 33 26 0.559 6.5
Habana 60 31 29 0.517 9.0
Matanzas 60 27 33 0.450 13.0
Camagüeyanos 60 25 35 0.417 15.0
Las Villas 59 23 36 0.390 16.5

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[edit] Sources

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