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The 1992-1993 season was the thirty-second season of Cuba's national baseball system.

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[edit] Serie Nacional

The 32nd Serie Nacional was won by Villa Clara – the team's second title – who were managed by Pedro Jova. The club won the Finals of the playoffs 4 – 2 over the new Pinar del Río club.

Prior to the season contraction of the league occurred, reducing the number of teams from 18 to 16. Two of the provinces with multiple teams (Matanzas and Pinar del Río) had their two teams merge into a unified provincial team. The Pinar del Río teams of Vegueros and Forestales combined to for a team called Pinar del Río, while Matanzas's Henequeneros and Citricultores, merged to become Matanzas.

A major restructuring of the Serie Nacional also occurred prior to the season. Both zonas was dissolved and replaced four grupos (groups) of four teams each being formed. Due to all four merged teams location in what was the Zona Occidental, a former Zona Occidental team – Sancti Spíritus – was moved to the western grupos. Due to the new league structure only the top team from each grupo now qualified for the playoffs, with Grupo A facing Grupo B and Grupo C matching up against Grupo D in a a best-of-seven series. The season length was also increased to 65 games.

Omar Linares, now with Pinar del Río equals the single-season Serie Nacional record for batting average of .446 set five years earlier by Pedro Luis Rodríguez. Linares accomplishes the feat, and his fifth batting title, by having 82 hits in 184 at-bats. Lázaro Junco of the newly merged Matanzas club hits a Serie Nacional record 27 home runs. Enrique Díaz of Metropolitanos steals 55 bases, breaking the 25-year old record of 52 by Juan Díaz. The Metro's speedster will win nine of the next twelve stolen base titles. Villa Clara's Jorge Pérez leads the league with a 1.74 ERA (21 earned runs in 108.1 innings), while Granma|Granma's Ernesto Guevara wins 13 games to pace the league.

During the season the longest game in the Cuban baseball history took place between Matanzas and La Habana. Played on December 8 and 9, the game lasted 24 innings before it was suspended.

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates Grupo champion; Italics indicates Serie Nacional champion

[edit] Grupo A

Team G W L WPCT GB
Pinar del Río 65 47 18 0.723 -.-
Matanzas 65 35 30 0.538 12.0
Metropolitanos 65 32 33 0.492 15.0
Isla de la Juventud 65 16 49 0.246 31.0

[edit] Grupo B

Team G W L WPCT GB
Industriales 65 45 20 0.692 -.-
La Habana 65 31 34 0.477 14.0
Sancti Spíritus 65 26 39 0.400 19.0
Cienfuegos 65 25 40 0.385 20.0

[edit] Grupo C

Team G W L WPCT GB
Villa Clara 65 42 23 0.646 -.-
Camagüey 65 33 32 0.508 9.0
Las Tunas 65 28 37 0.431 14.0
Ciego de Ávila 65 20 45 0.308 22.0

[edit] Grupo D

Team G W L WPCT GB
Santiago de Cuba 65 41 24 0.631 -.-
Granma 65 39 26 0.600 2.0
Holguín 65 39 26 0.600 2.0
Guantánamo 65 21 44 0.323 20.0

[edit] Playoffs

  Semifinals Finals
                 
A  Pinar del Río 4  
B  Industriales 0  
    A  Pinar del Río 2
  C  Villa Clara 4
C  Villa Clara 4
D  Santiago de Cuba 1  

[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 Pinar del Río .446 82 hits in 184 at-bats
Runs Scored Omar Linares Pinar del Río 63
Base Hits Reemberto Rosell Cienfuegos 100
Doubles Jorge Salfrán Metropolitanos 20
Triples Pedro L. Rodríguez
José Antonio Estrada
La Habana
Matanzas
5
Home Runs Lázaro Junco Matanzas 27
Runs Batted In Gabriel Pierre Santiago de Cuba 65
Base-on-Balls Omar Linares Pinar del Río 66
Intentional Base-on-Balls Omar Linares Pinar del Río 16
Hit-by-Pitch Cándido Vives
Leonardo Rojas
Cienfuegos
Granma
13
Strikeouts Oel Brito Las Tunas 63
Sacrifice Hit Eduardo Paret Villa Clara 16
Sacrifice Fly Pedro L. Dueñas Pinar del Río 5
Stolen Bases Enrique Díaz Metropolitanos 55

[edit] Pitching

Stat Leader Team Number Notes
Wins Ernesto Guevara Granma 13
Win-Loss Percentage Jorge Pérez Villa Clara 0.909 10 - 1
Earned Run Average Jorge Pérez Villa Clara 1.74 21 ER in 108.1 IP
Innings Pitched José M. Báez Las Tunas 153.1
Games Pitched Felipe Fernández Camagüey 28
Games Started Ernesto Guevara
Giorge Díaz
Granma
Guantánamo
19
Games Relieved Felipe Fernández Camagüey 28
Complete Games José M. Báez Las Tunas 13
Shutouts Osvaldo Fernández R. Holguín 5
Hits Allowed Giorge Díaz Guantánamo 149
Strikeouts Ernesto Guevara Granma 117
Base-on-Balls Yovani Aragón Sancti Spíritus 54
Intentional Base-on-Balls Vladimir Núñez La Habana 8
Hit Batters Rolando Arrojo Villa Clara 21

[edit] Award Winners

The Most Valuable Player (Jugadores más Valiosos) was Omar Linares a third baseman with Pinar del Río. The Most Valuable Pitcher (Lanzadores más Valiosos) was Ernesto Guevara Ramos of Granma. Vaisel Acosta of Matanzas was the Series' Rookie of the Year (Novatos del Año).

[edit] Series Selectivas

The nineteenth Series Selectivas was won by Orientales, managed by the Frangel Reynaldo.

[edit] Standings

Team G W L WPCT GB
Orientales 45 25 20 0.556 -.-
Habana 45 24 21 0.533 1
Occidentales 45 23 22 0.511 2
Agropecuarios 45 18 27 0.400 7

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[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

[edit] Sources

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