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The 1989 Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was the nineteenth edition of the second stage of the Caribbean Series. It was held in Mazatlán, México from February 4 to February 9. The series featured four teams from Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The Águilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan League won a close title in league play and then the series 5 to 1. The Águilas were managed by Pete Mackanin. The Most Valuable Player was Phil Stephenson, a first baseman with the Águilas del Zulia.

Zulia won their first five games and had a 1.68 ERA in those games. They won three games in extra innings - the clincher went 13 and they won another in 16 innings and a Series-record five hours, 23 minutes. The records would stand until the 2007 Caribbean Series. Zulia finished 5-1, one game ahead of the Indios de Mayagüez. The staff was led by Dale Polley and Leonard Damian. First baseman and MVP Stephenson hit .385 with 3 homers and 7 RBI. The Leones del Escogido, the champions in the 1988 Caribbean Series were the last place team, dropping five in a row before winning their finale.

Due to ongoing financial problems, the Series was moved to the USA for the 1990 Caribbean Series.

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Team League G W L WPCT Manager
Águilas del Zulia Flag of Venezuela VEN Venezuelan League 6 5 1 0.833 Pete Mackanin
Indios de Mayagüez Flag of Puerto Rico PRI Puerto Rican League 6 4 2 0.667 Tom Gamboa
Águilas de Mexicali Flag of Mexico MEX Mexican Pacific League 6 2 4 0.333 Dave Machemer
Leones del Escogido Flag of Dominican Republic DOM Dominican League 6 1 5 0.167 Phil Regan

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