1998 Central American and Caribbean Games

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The 1998 Central American and Caribbean Games were held in Maracaibo, Venezuela in late August. The Cuban national team won its fourth straight Gold Medal by going 6-0. Leading the way for Cuba were OF Loidel Chapellí (10 for 20, the tourney leader with 13 runs and tied for the lead with 3 HR), 1B Orestes Kindelan (.588, the best average), Robelquis Videaux (.480) and C Juan Manrique (.333, tied for the lead with 3 HR and 12 RBI). Omar Luis (2-0, 1.38) and Jose Contreras (2-0, 4.61) tied for the win lead while Yovani Aragon (1-0, 1.13) and Pedro Luis Lazo (1-0, 1.35) each won once.

Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua won Silver by going 5-1, with their only loss coming against Cuba.

Flag of Venezuela Venezuela was 4-2 and beat Panama in the Bronze Medal game. Jose Avila led the tourney in innings pitched (21 1/3), strikeouts (19) and wins (tied at 2-0). Venezuela included Clemente Alvarez and Cris Colon.

For fourth-place Panama, Earl Agnoly tied for the lead with 12 RBI and Jose Solis led the competition with 13 hits.

Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic was 5th at 3-3. Juan Vinas led the event in ERA (1.04).

Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico finished 6th with a 2-4 record.

Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles and Flag of Colombia Colombia tied for 7th at 1-5.

Flag of United States Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands were last at 0-4.

Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman

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