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1983-1984 Cuban National League

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The 1983-1984 season was the twenty-third season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The 23rd Serie Nacional saw the 18-team league split for the first time into two divisions after a first phase of the season. In phase two of the season the serie now consisted of two nine-team divisions – the Primera División (First Division) and Segunda División (Second Division). The Primera División and Serie Nacional was won by Citricultores of Matanzas, managed by Tomás Soto. They won the división by two and a half games over Industriales. Pinar del Río's Forestales won the Segunda División. The divisions' split was also coupled with a lengthening of the season from 51 games to 75 games.


Citricultores was led by Eduardo Terry, who went 13 – 1 to lead the league in winning percentage. Wilfredo Sánchez wins his fifth and final batting title with 79 hits in 205 at-bats for a .385 average for the team – sixteen years after he won his first. Citricultores' slugger Lázaro Junco ties for the Serie Nacional home run lead with Vegueros' Luis G. Casanova at 20 round-trippers. Victor Mesa of Villa Clara steals a career high 34 bases to lead the league. José Sánchez wins 15 games for Camagüey, the highest win total in a decade.

The league also adds a mercy rule to the books; if a team was ahead by ten or more runs after seven innings the game would be called.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Serie Nacional champion

[edit] Primera División

Team G W L WPCT GB
Citricultores 75 52 23 0.693 -.-
Industriales 74 49 25 0.662 2.5
Villa Clara 75 48 27 0.640 4.0
Camagüey 73 46 27 0.630 5.0
Santiago de Cuba 75 47 28 0.627 5.0
Vegueros 75 44 31 0.587 8.0
Henequeneros 72 36 36 0.500 14.5
Holguín 75 36 39 0.480 16.0
Sancti Spíritus 75 30 45 0.400 22.0

[edit] Segunda División

Team G W L WPCT GB
Forestales 75 40 35 0.533 -.-
La Habana 75 37 38 0.493 3.0
Cienfuegos 74 34 40 0.459 5.5
Granma 75 34 41 0.453 6.0
Guantánamo 75 34 41 0.453 6.0
Metropolitanos 73 30 43 0.411 9.0
Isla de la Juventud 74 28 46 0.378 11.5
Ciego de Ávila 73 25 48 0.342 14.0
Las Tunas 75 19 56 0.253 21.0

[edit] All-Star Game

The ninth Juego de las Estrellas (All-Star Game) was held in Havana. In the game, Occidentales defeated Oriente by a score of 7 to 0. Occidentales had 14 hits to Oriente's 2, while the errors were 1 to 0 in favor of Occidentales. The winning pitcher was Julio Romero and the losing pitcher was Braudilio Vinent.

[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 .385 79 hits in 205 at-bats
Runs Scored Lázaro Madera Vegueros 64
Base Hits Lázaro Vargas Industriales 102
Doubles Luis G. Casanova
Sixto Hernández
Vegueros
Cienfuegos
19
Triples Rolando Verde
Evenecer Godínez
Industriales
Santiago de Cuba
8
Home Runs Luis G. Casanova
Lázaro Junco
Vegueros
Citricultores
20 Leader in less at-bats (262)
288 at-bats
Runs Batted In Luis G. Casanova Vegueros 67
Base-on-Balls Pedro Medina
Pedro J. Rodríguez
Industriales
Cienfuegos
51
Intentional Base-on-Balls Pedro J. Rodríguez
Reinaldo Fernández
Cienfuegos
Camagüey
11
Hit-by-Pitch Adolfo Borrell Cienfuegos 11
Strikeouts Juan C. Luna Las Tunas 70
Sacrifice Hit Agustín Serra Forestales 11
Sacrifice Fly Carmelo Pedroso
Jorge Cruz
Orestes Kindelán
Forestales
Holguín
Santiago de Cuba
6
Stolen Bases Víctor Mesa Villa Clara 34

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins José Sánchez Camagüey 15
Win-Loss Percentage Eduardo Terry Citricultores 0.929 13 - 1
Earned Run Average Manuel Álvarez Ciego de Ávila 1.17 12 ER in 92.1 IP
Innings Pitched Ulises Infiesta Sancti Spíritus 160.0
Games Pitched Jorge Salazar Metropolitanos 27
Games Started Pedro L. Palma Granma 23
Games Relieved Jorge Salazar Metropolitanos 26
Complete Games Alfonso Ilivanes
Félix Núñez
Luis Armenteros
Guantánamo
Las Tunas
Isla de la Juventud
15
Shutouts Rafael Collazo La Habana 6
Hits Allowed Pedro L. Palma Granma 170
Strikeouts Faustino Corrales Forestales 143
Base-on-Balls Ulises Infiesta Sancti Spíritus 67
Intentional Base-on-Balls Pedro L. Palma Granma 9
Hit Batters Francisco P. Sansariq Sancti Spíritus 14

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Luis Giraldo Casanova a outfielder with Vegueros. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was José Sánchez of Camagüey. Luis Rolando Arrojo of Citricultores was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] Series Selectivas

The tenth Series Selectivas was won by Pinar del Río, managed by the Jorge Fuentes.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Pinar del Río 43 28 15 0.651 -.-
Las Villas 43 24 19 0.558 4.0
Matanzas 45 24 21 0.533 5.0
Habana 45 22 23 0.489 7.0
Camagüeyanos 45 18 27 0.400 11.0
Orientales 43 17 26 0.395 11.0

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[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Sources

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