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The 1985-1986 season was the twenty-fifth season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The 25th Serie Nacional was won by Industriales, who were managed by their former sixties star Pedro Chávez. It was the team's first title in thirteen years. This season featured the splitting of the teams into two geographically-based divisions and the first scheduled playoffs to determine a champion. The schedule was also reduced to 48 games.

Prior to the season the Serie Nacional's eighteen teams were split into two nine- team divisions. The Zona Occidental (West Zone) featured teams from Cienfuegos Province and west while the rest of the teams were placed in the Zona Oriental (East Zone). Thus the divisional alignment for the twenty-fifth Serie Nacional was:

Zona Occidental Zona Oriental
Cienfuegos Camagüey
Citricultores Ciego de Ávila
Forestales Granma
Henequeneros Guantánamo
Industriales Holguín
Isla de la Juventud Las Tunas
La Habana Sancti Spíritus
Metropolitanos Santiago de Cuba
Vegueros Villa Clara

At the end of the regular season, the first and second place teams from each Zona qualified for a four-team playoff – consisting of a six-game round robin, two games versus each opponent. The winner of the round-robin would then be crowned Serie Nacional champion. From the Zona Oriental first place Villa Clara and runner-up Santiago de Cuba made it into the playoffs while the serie's top team Industriales and the second place Vegueros were the Zona Occidental representatives. The Vegueros ended the season tied at 33 – 15 with Henequeneros, but made the playoffs over the Matanzas team.

In the playoffs Industriales went undefeated at 6 – 0 to win their sixth Serie Nacional title. The final game of the playoff at Estadio Latinoamericano between the 4 – 1 Vegueros and 5 – 0 Industriales went tweleve innings. Against longtime strikeout king Rogelio García, Agustín Marquetti hit a home run to right field with a runner on first to win the game for the capital's team 7 to 5. Other players of note on the championship team were Pedro Medina, Javier Méndez, Juan Padilla, and Rolando Verde.

Vegueros' Omar Linares repeats as the serie batting champion by hitting .426 - 63 hits in 148 at-bats. Industriales third baseman Lázaro Vargas wins the MVP award by getting 75 hits and scoring 48 runs. Vargas also breaks Felipe Sarduy's 17-year old record of 29 consecutive games with a hit by going 31 games with a hit. Three pitchers tied for the league lead with 11 wins; pitcher of the year Lázaro de la Torre of Industriales, José Riveira of Villa Clara, and Luis Tissert of Santiago de Cuba. Vegueros rookie hurler Omar Ajete had a perfect record of 5 – 0.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Zona champion; Italics indicates Serie Nacional champion

[edit] Zona Occidental

Team G W L WPCT GB
Industriales 48 37 11 0.771 -.-
Vegueros 48 33 15 0.688 4.0
Henequeneros 48 33 15 0.688 4.0
Citricultores 48 26 22 0.542 11.0
Metropolitanos 47 21 26 0.447 15.5
La Habana 48 18 30 0.375 19.0
Forestales 48 18 30 0.375 19.0
Cienfuegos 47 15 32 0.319 21.5
Isla de la Juventud 48 14 34 0.292 23.0

[edit] Zona Oriental

Team G W L WPCT GB
Villa Clara 48 35 13 0.729 -.-
Santiago de Cuba 48 34 14 0.708 1.0
Camagüey 48 32 16 0.667 3.0
Ciego de Ávila 48 24 24 0.500 11.0
Granma 48 21 27 0.438 14.0
Sancti Spíritus 48 21 27 0.438 14.0
Guantánamo 48 19 29 0.396 16.0
Las Tunas 48 16 32 0.333 19.0
Holguín 48 14 34 0.292 21.0

[edit] Playoffs

The playoffs consisted of the top two teams from each zona playing in a six-game "round robin" against each other, with two games against each other. Industriales swept the table to win the championship.

Team Zona G W L WPCT
Industriales Occidental - First 6 6 0 1.000
Vegueros Occidental - Second 6 4 2 0.667
Villa Clara Oriental - First 6 1 5 0.167
Santiago de Cuba Oriental - Second 6 1 5 0.167

[edit] All-Star Game

The eleventh Juego de las Estrellas (All-Star Game) was held in Havana. In the game, Oriente defeated Occidentales by a score of 4 to 0. Oriente had 6 hits to Occidentales's 5, while the errors were 2 to 0 in favor of Oriente. The winning pitcher was Regino Robaina and the losing pitcher was Pablo Miguel Abreu.

[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 Omar Linares Vegueros .426 63 hits in 148 at-bats
Runs Scored Lázaro Vargas Industriales 48
Base Hits Lázaro Vargas Industriales 75
Doubles Pablo Pérez Isla de la Juventud 16
Triples José L. Lombillo La Habana 5
Home Runs Reynaldo Fernández Camagüey 18
Runs Batted In Julio G. Fernández Henequeneros 52
Base-on-Balls Luis Crespo
Alejo O'Reilly
Forestales
Ciego de Ávila
37
Intentional Base-on-Balls Omar Linares Vegueros 8
Hit-by-Pitch Ramiro Díaz Granma 12
Strikeouts José M. Rodríguez La Habana 50
Sacrifice Hit Luis E. Gourriel Sancti Spíritus 7
Sacrifice Fly Rafael O. Acebey Villa Clara 5
Stolen Bases Antonio González Industriales 21

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Lázaro de la Torre
José Riveira
Luis Tissert
Industriales
Villa Clara
Santiago de Cuba
11
Win-Loss Percentage Omar Ajete Vegueros 1.000 5 - 0
Earned Run Average Jorge L. Valdés Henequeneros 1.56 20 ER in 115.1 IP
Innings Pitched Jorge L. Valdés Henequeneros 115.1
Games Pitched Osvaldo Duvergel Guantánamo 24
Games Started Pedro L. Palma Granma 15
Games Relieved Francisco Despaigne Industriales 20
Complete Games Jorge L. Valdés Henequeneros 11
Shutouts Lázaro de la Torre
Regino Robaina
Industriales
Ciego de Ávila
4
Hits Allowed Israel Alonso Isla de la Juventud 134
Strikeouts Pablo M. Abreu Industriales 97
Base-on-Balls Silvio Pérez
José A. Machiran
Forestales
Guantánamo
45
Intentional Base-on-Balls Jorge Vidal La Habana 9
Hit Batters Claudelino Jiménez
Osvaldo Duvergel
Félix Núñez
Camagüey
Guantánamo
Las Tunas
7

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Lázaro Vargas a third baseman with Industriales. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Lázaro de la Torre of Industriales. Buenafé Nápoles of Camagüey was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] Series Selectivas

The twelfth Series Selectivas was won by Serranos, managed by the Frangel Reynaldo.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Serranos 63 41 22 0.651 -.-
Habana 64 39 25 0.609 2.5
Pinar del Río 63 36 27 0.571 5.0
Camagüeyanos 63 34 29 0.540 7.0
Las Villas 63 29 34 0.460 12.0
Matanzas 63 27 36 0.429 14.0
Agropecuarios 63 24 39 0.381 17.0
Mineros 63 22 41 0.349 19.0

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[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Sources

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