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The 1980-1981 season was the twentieth season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The twentieth Serie Nacional was won by Vegueros of Pinar del Río Province. José Miguel Pineda's club beat out Villa Clara and Citricultores by three games.

Rogelio García is the Vegueros' ace with a 1.31 ERA, 10 wins, and 5 shutouts – he wins the MVP and pitcher of the year honors. He fails to win the strikeout title however as Braudilio Vinent (Santiago de Cuba) wins his last strikeout title with 90 Ks. This interrupts García's four year run of leading the league – García will win the next two strikeout titles.

For the third time in four years a batter comes one hit shy of breaking Fermín Laffita's record .396 average. Villa Clara's Amado Zamora has 63 hits in 160 at-bats for a .394 average. Antonio Pacheco, the future all-time hits leader, makes his Serie Nacional début with with Santiago de Cuba.

Aside from García, the Pinareños' main players were Luis Giraldo Casanova, Juan Castro, Giraldo Iglesias, Lázaro Madera, Carmelo Pedroso, and Alfonso Urquiola.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Serie Nacional champion
Team G W L WPCT GB
Vegueros 51 36 15 0.706 -.-
Villa Clara 51 33 18 0.647 3.0
Citricultores 51 33 18 0.647 3.0
Industriales 51 32 19 0.627 4.0
Forestales 51 31 20 0.608 5.0
Cienfuegos 51 30 21 0.588 6.0
Sancti Spíritus 51 28 23 0.549 8.0
Guantánamo 51 26 25 0.510 10.0
Henequeneros 51 25 26 0.490 11.0
Santiago de Cuba 51 25 26 0.490 11.0
Granma 51 24 27 0.471 12.0
Metropolitanos 51 23 28 0.451 13.0
Camagüey 51 23 28 0.451 13.0
Holguín 51 22 29 0.431 14.0
Isla de la Juventud 51 20 31 0.392 16.0
Ciego de Ávila 51 19 32 0.373 17.0
La Habana 51 18 33 0.353 18.0
Las Tunas 51 11 40 0.216 25.0

[edit] All-Star Game

The sixth Juego de las Estrellas (All-Star Game) was held in Havana. In the game, Oriente defeated Occidentales by a score of 4 to 3. Occidentales had 9 hits to Oriente's 8, while the errors were 1 to 2 in favor of Occidentales. The winning pitcher was Roberto Ramos and the losing pitcher was Pablo Pérez.

[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 Amado Zamora Villa Clara .394 63 hits in 160 at-bats
Runs Scored Víctor Mesa Villa Clara 60
Base Hits Pablo Pérez Isla de la Juventud 76
Doubles Juan L. Baró Citricultores 16
Triples Lázaro Junco Citricultores 6
Home Runs Agustín Lescaille Guantánamo 15
Runs Batted In Alejo O'Reilly Villa Clara 69
Base-on-Balls Antonio Muñoz Cienfuegos 47
Intentional Base-on-Balls Fernando Sánchez Henequeneros 11
Hit-by-Pitch Luis G. Casanova Vegueros 9
Strikeouts Víctor Muñoz Sancti Spíritus 45
Sacrifice Hit Ramón Luna Industriales 10
Sacrifice Fly Lázaro Cabrera
Agustín Arias
Agustín Lescaille
Vegueros
Granma
Guantánamo
5
Stolen Bases Rey V. Anglada Metropolitanos 24

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Rogelio García
Alfonso Ilivanes
Vegueros
Guantánamo
10
Win-Loss Percentage Maximiliano Gutiérrez Vegueros 0.800 8 - 2
Earned Run Average Rogelio García Vegueros 1.31 17 ER in 116.2 IP
Innings Pitched Alfonso Ilivanes Guantánamo 118.2
Games Pitched José G. Perulena
Alberto Cabreja
Miguel M. Isla
Anselmo Martínez
Isla de la Juventud
Holguín
Sancti Spíritus
Citricultores
18
Games Started Alfonso Ilivanes
Braudilio Vinent
Guantánamo
Santiago de Cuba
15
Games Relieved Miguel M. Isla Sancti Spíritus 18
Complete Games Rogelio García Vegueros 12
Shutouts Rogelio García Vegueros 5
Hits Allowed Alfonso Ilivanes
Braudilio Vinent
Guantánamo
Santiago de Cuba
113
Strikeouts Braudilio Vinent Santiago de Cuba 90
Base-on-Balls Gilberto Ferrales Las Tunas 48
Intentional Base-on-Balls Julio Reyes
Manuel Álvarez
Pedro L. Palma
Félix Núñez
Henequeneros
Ciego de Ávila
Granma
Las Tunas
8
Hit Batters José M. Pedroso La Habana 12

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Rogelio García a pitcher with Vegueros. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Rogelio García of Vegueros. Rolando Verde of Industriales was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] Series Selectivas

The seventh Series Selectivas was won by Orientales, managed by the Carlos Marti.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Orientales 60 38 22 0.633 -.-
Las Villas 60 37 23 0.617 1.0
Habana 60 35 25 0.583 3.0
Pinar del Río 59 32 27 0.542 5.5
Matanzas 59 23 36 0.390 14.5
Camagüeyanos 59 13 46 0.220 24.5

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[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Sources

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