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The 1988-1989 season was the twenty-eighth season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The 28th Serie Nacional was won by Santiago de Cuba, who were managed by future national team manager Higinio Vélez.

During the regular season four Zona Occidental clubs had better records then that of Zona Oriental champion Santiago de Cuba. Three teams (Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Camagüey) were tied at the top of the Zona Oriental at 29 – 19, Camagüey was left out of the playoffs. In the playoffs, Santiago de Cuba went 5 - 1 to take the title.

The champions are led by a triple crown season by Orestes Kindelán. He hits .402 by having 66 hits in 164 at-bats, with 24 home runs, and 58 runs batted in – all tops in the Zona Oriental. José Luis Alemán leads the team with 9 wins and 105.1 innings pitched. Other Santiago de Cuba players are Fausto Álvarez, Jorge García, Evenecer Godínez, Antonio Pacheco, Gabriel Pierre, and Luis Tissert.

First-place Industriales is the class of the Zona Occidental with the team's players dominating many leader board categories. Germán Mesa of Industriales steals 25 bases for the second straight season, but once again comes up one steal short, losing the league leadership to Villa Clara's Víctor Mesa. Industriales pitcher Orlando Hernández posts a perfect 7 – 0 record, while teammate Lázaro Valle has a 1.93 ERA with 15 earned runs in 70 innings.

Two interesting events coincided in that championship. Fernando Hernandez from Pinar del Rio, became the first Cuban in history to have 12 RBIs in a single game, whereas the Granma outfielder Ibrahim Fuentes connected 14 consecutive hits, something without precedents in the world-wide baseball.

Camagüey's Leonel Moa became the first Cuban player in the history of the island both (amateur and professional) to hit four home runs in a game.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Zona champion; Italics indicates Serie Nacional champion

[edit] Zona Occidental

Team G W L WPCT GB
Industriales 48 38 10 0.792 -.-
Henequeneros 48 36 12 0.750 2.0
La Habana 47 31 16 0.660 6.5
Vegueros 48 31 17 0.646 7.0
Metropolitanos 47 25 22 0.532 12.5
Cienfuegos 47 18 29 0.383 19.5
Isla de la Juventud 48 14 34 0.292 24.0
Forestales 48 12 36 0.250 26.0
Citricultores 47 9 38 0.191 28.5

[edit] Zona Oriental

Team G W L WPCT GB
Santiago de Cuba 48 29 19 0.604 -.-
Granma 48 29 19 0.604 -.-
Camagüey 48 29 19 0.604 -.-
Villa Clara 48 26 22 0.542 3.0
Ciego de Ávila 48 26 22 0.542 3.0
Guantánamo 48 25 23 0.521 4.0
Sancti Spíritus 48 20 28 0.417 9.0
Las Tunas 48 19 29 0.396 10.0
Holguín 48 13 35 0.271 16.0

[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. Santiago de Cuba won five games to take the championship

Team Zona G W L WPCT
Santiago de Cuba Oriental - First 6 5 1 0.833
Industriales Occidental - First 6 4 2 0.667
Granma Oriental - Second 6 2 4 0.333
Henequeneros Occidental - Second 6 1 5 0.167

[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 Zona Occidental Zona Oriental
Leader Team Number Notes Leader Team Number Notes
Batting Average Juan Bravo Metropolitanos .414 58 hits in 140 at-bats Orestes Kindelán Santiago de Cuba 402 66 hits in 164 at-bats
Runs Scored Omar Linares Vegueros 53 Orestes Kindelán Santiago de Cuba 57
Base Hits Luis A. Guerra Vegueros 78 Pedro Mora Granma 75
Doubles Lázaro Madera Vegueros 15 Víctor Arrieta
Agustín Lescaille
Ciego de Ávila
Guantánamo
14
Triples Reemberto Rosell Cienfuegos 7 Víctor Bejerano Granma 5
Home Runs Lázaro Junco
Lázaro Madera
Henequeneros
Vegueros
20 Leader in less at-bats (190)]]
[[192 at-bats
Orestes Kindelán Santiago de Cuba 24
Runs Batted In Juan C. Millán La Habana 59 Orestes Kindelán Santiago de Cuba 58
Base-on-Balls Romelio Martínez La Habana 49 Orestes Kindelán Santiago de Cuba 49
Intentional Base-on-Balls Juan C. Calvo Isla de la Juventud 6 Orestes Kindelán Santiago de Cuba 7
Hit-by-Pitch Joel García Citricultores 8 Eleazar González
Jorge Cruz
Granma
Holguín
10
Strikeouts Iván Correa Metropolitanos 51 Óscar Machado
Eleazar González
Juan C. Luna
Villa Clara
Granma
Las Tunas
47
Sacrifice Hit Armando Dueñas Henequeneros 7 Gustavo León Santiago de Cuba 7
Sacrifice Fly Juan C. Millán
Iray García
Lázaro Junco
La Habana
Citricultores
Henequeneros
4 Pedro Jova
Osmel Rodríguez
Carlos Barrabí
Villa Clara
Ciego de Ávila
Granma
4
Stolen Bases Germán Mesa Industriales 25 Víctor Mesa Villa Clara 26

[edit] Pitching

Stat Zona Occidental Zona Oriental
Leader Team Number Notes Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Mario Véliz
Jorge L. Valdés
La Habana
Henequeneros
11 Osvaldo Duvergel
José L. Alemán
Guantánamo
Santiago de Cuba
9
Win-Loss Percentage Orlando Hernández Industriales 1.000 7 - 0 Buenafé Napóles Camagüey .833 5 - 1
Earned Run Average Lázaro Valle Industriales 1.93 15 ER in 70 IP Andrés Luis Camagüey 2.33 21 ER in 81 IP
Innings Pitched Mario Véliz La Habana 100.1 José L. Alemán Santiago de Cuba 105.1
Games Pitched Héctor Domínguez Citricultores 20 Reinaldo Santana Villa Clara 27
Games Started Roberto Almarales Cienfuegos 14 José M. Báez Las Tunas 16
Games Relieved José L. Molinet Forestales 17 Reinaldo Santana Villa Clara 27
Complete Games Jorge L. Valdés Henequeneros 9 José L. Alemán Santiago de Cuba 11
Shutouts Rafael Gómez Metropolitanos 3 Andrés Luis Camagüey 2
Hits Allowed Roberto Almarales Cienfuegos 118 Osvaldo Duvergel Guantánamo 131
Strikeouts Domingo Ordaz Vegueros 87 José L. Alemán Santiago de Cuba 87
Base-on-Balls Carlos Yánes Isla de la Juventud 41 Roberto Compte Sancti Spíritus 51
Intentional Base-on-Balls Jorge A. Martínez
Adeivis Manso
Citricultores
Cienfuegos
5 Richard Carrero
Fidencio Serrano
Isidro González
Ciego de Ávila
Holguín
Las Tunas
5
Hit Batters Jorge L. Pérez Citricultores 14 Teófilo Pérez Camagüey 13

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Orestes Kindelán a outfielder-catcher with Santiago de Cuba. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was José Luis Alemán of Santiago de Cuba. Idalberto Castillo of Granma was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] Series Selectivas

The fifteenth Series Selectivas was won by Las Villas, managed by the Abelardo Triana. The team defeated Habana in a best-of- series to break the regular season tie.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Las Villas 63 45 18 0.714 -.-
Habana 63 45 18 0.714 -.-
Serranos 63 33 30 0.524 12.0
Camagüeyanos 63 32 31 0.508 13.0
Pinar del Río 63 30 33 0.476 15.0
Mineros 63 27 36 0.429 18.0
Agropecuarios 61 24 37 0.393 20.0
Matanzas 61 14 47 0.230 30.0

[edit] Playoffs

After Las Villas and Habana ended the regular season in a tie, a best-of-three series was played to crown a champion. Las Villas won the series, 2 - 0.

[edit] Leaders

[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Sources

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