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1986-1987 Cuban National League

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The 1986-1987 season was the twenty-sixth season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The 26th Serie Nacional was won by Vegueros of Pinar del Río Province. The Jorge Fuentes-led team won the Zona Occidental and then won the four-team round-robin playoff for their fifth title. The playoff featured the same teams from the year before.

Javier Méndez, the longtime outfielder with Industriales and career .327 hitter, wins his only batting title with a .408 average (53 hits in 130 at-bats). Orestes Kindelán of Santiago de Cuba wins his first home run crown leader for the first time with 17 round-trippers. Metropolitanos' René Arocha – a future major leaguer – wins the ERA title with 15 earned runs in 103.0 innings for a 1.31 ERA.

Vegueros' Omar Linares scores 40 runs while teammate Lázaro Madera drives in an equal amount – both lead the league in their respective categories. Other players of note on the championship team were Omar Ajete, Juan Castro, Luis Giraldo Casanova, Reinaldo Costa, Fernando Hernández, Rogelio García, and Giraldo González.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Zona champion; Italics indicates Serie Nacional champion

[edit] Zona Occidental

Team G W L WPCT GB
Vegueros 47 34 13 0.723 -.-
Industriales 47 30 17 0.638 4.0
Metropolitanos 48 28 20 0.583 6.5
La Habana 46 26 20 0.565 7.5
Citricultores 45 23 22 0.511 10.0
Cienfuegos 47 24 23 0.511 10.0
Henequeneros 48 20 28 0.417 14.5
Forestales 48 16 32 0.333 18.5
Isla de la Juventud 46 10 36 0.217 23.5

[edit] Zona Oriental

Team G W L WPCT GB
Santiago de Cuba 48 35 13 0.729 -.-
Villa Clara 47 33 14 0.702 1.5
Granma 48 29 19 0.604 6.0
Ciego de Ávila 48 26 22 0.542 9.0
Camagüey 47 24 23 0.511 10.5
Las Tunas 48 19 29 0.396 16.0
Holguín 48 17 31 0.354 18.0
Sancti Spíritus 48 16 32 0.333 19.0
Guantánamo 48 16 32 0.333 19.0

[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. Vegueros won five games to take the championship

Team Zona G W L WPCT
Vegueros Occidental - First 6 5 1 0.833
Santiago de Cuba Oriental - First 6 3 3 0.500
Villa Clara Oriental - Second 6 2 4 0.333
Industriales Occidental - Second 6 2 4 0.333

[edit] All-Star Game

The twelfth Juego de las Estrellas (All-Star Game) was held in Havana. In the game, Oriente defeated Occidentales by a score of 4 to 3. Both teams had 9 hits, while both teams had 2 errors. The winning pitcher was José Riviera 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 Javier Méndez Industriales .408 53 hits in 130 at-bats
Runs Scored Omar Linares
Antonio Pacheco
Vegueros
Santiago de Cuba
40
Base Hits Reemberto Rosell
Luis A. Álvarez
Cienfuegos
Las Tunas
66
Doubles Pablo Bejerano
Luis A. Álvarez
Granma
Las Tunas
16
Triples Pedro L. Rodríguez La Habana 5
Home Runs Orestes Kindelán Santiago de Cuba 17
Runs Batted In Lázaro Madera Vegueros 40
Base-on-Balls Romelio Martínez La Habana 58
Intentional Base-on-Balls Romelio Martínez La Habana 11
Hit-by-Pitch José Cano
Rubén Prevot
Jorge García
José García
Vegueros
Guantánamo
Santiago de Cuba
Ciego de Ávila
6
Strikeouts Iván Rojas Cienfuegos 46
Sacrifice Hit Israel García Citricultores 12
Sacrifice Fly Jorge García Santiago de Cuba 6
Stolen Bases Enrique Díaz Metropolitanos 22

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Luis Tissert Santiago de Cuba 13
Win-Loss Percentage Wilson Hawthorne Santiago de Cuba 1.000 10 - 0
Earned Run Average René Arocha Metropolitanos 1.31 15 ER in 103 IP
Innings Pitched Luis Tissert Santiago de Cuba 132.0
Games Pitched Fidencio Serrano Holguín 20
Games Started Jorge Matos
Luis Tissert
Guantánamo
Santiago de Cuba
16
Games Relieved Jesús Bosmenier Vegueros 17
Complete Games Luis Tissert Santiago de Cuba 13
Shutouts José R. Riscart Villa Clara 6
Hits Allowed Jorge Matos Guantánamo 128
Strikeouts Juan Ramírez Sancti Spíritus 91
Base-on-Balls José A. Machiran Guantánamo 56
Intentional Base-on-Balls Israel Alonso Isla de la Juventud 9
Hit Batters Rolando Arrojo Villa Clara 10

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Javier Méndez a outfielder with Industriales. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Luis Tissert of Santiago de Cuba. Alexis Cabreja of Industriales was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] Series Selectivas

The thirteenth Series Selectivas was won by Serranos, managed by the Higinio Vélez.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Serranos 63 42 21 0.667 -.-
Habana 63 41 22 0.651 1.0
Pinar del Río 63 36 27 0.571 6.0
Las Villas 63 32 31 0.508 10.0
Matanzas 63 27 36 0.429 15.0
Agropecuarios 63 25 38 0.397 17.0
Mineros 63 25 38 0.397 17.0
Camagüeyanos 63 24 39 0.381 18.0

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[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Sources

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