2018-2019 Cuban National League
The 2018-2019 Cuban National League saw a new titlist as Las Tunas won their first championship, the third team this decade to join the rank of titlists (Ciego de Ávila and Granma had combined for five titles in the 2010s after having never won previously.
In the opener of the finals, January 12, Las Tunas won at home, beating Villa Clara in a 13-6 rout. LF Jorge Jhonson (4 H, 3 R, 3 RBI), DH Danel Castro (4 RBI) and 2B Jorge Alomá (4 RBI) all provided offensive fireworks to make a winner of Yudiel Rodríguez while Alaín Sánchez took the loss. The next day, Las Tunas again prevailed at home, 8-4, with Alomá going 3 for 3 with 2 runs and a RBI; in a losing cause, DH Carlos Benítez was also 3 for 3 and homered. Dariel Góngora got the win, saved by Rodríguez, and Misael Villa took the loss.
Villa Clara came home on January 15 and got a win, 9-4 behind the pitching of Freddy Asiel Álvarez (W) and Pablo Guillén (Sv); 1B William Saavedra drove in 3 and finished a triple shy of the cycle while Benítez again was 3 for 3, this time with 2 doubles, 2 runs and a RBI. Las Tunas was the first team to get a road win, on the 16th, by a 7-5 score. Yadián Martínez won it while Yoalkis Cruz notched the save. 1B Yasiel Santoya drove in 3. For Villa Clara, LF Yurién Vizcaino had 4 hits and 3 runs and Saavedra drove in 3 while Sánchez lost his second. The series ended on January 17 with another win for Las Tunas, 8-4. SS Alexander Ayala was 4 for 4 with a double, homer, 2 runs and 2 RBI and Jhonson had 3 hits and 4 RBI. Martínez won for the second straight day and again Cruz saved it for him. Yosvani Torres took the loss.
|Team||Classification Phase||Secondary Phase||Manager|
|Sancti Spíritus||24-21||25-20||José R. Delgado|
|Las Tunas||27-18||24-21||Pablo Alberto Civil|
|Industriales||26-19||23-22||Rey Vicente Anglada|
|Ciego de Ávila||28-17||23-22||Roger Machado|
|Villa Clara||27-18||22-23||Eduardo Paret|
|Santiago de Cuba||25-20||--||Eriberto Rosales|
|Isla de la Juventud||23-22||--||Jose Luis Rodríguez Pantoja|
|Pinar del Rio||27-18||--||Pedro Luis Lazo|
- Villa Clara 4, Sancti Spíritus 1
- Las Tunas 4, Ciego de Ávila 1
- Las Tunas 4, Villa Clara 1
- Bold indicates either wooden bat record or aluminum bat record (1976-1977 to 1998-1999), Italics indicate Serie Nacional record
Where two teams are listed, the player switched teams at the half
On October 21, 2018, the 2018-19 All-Star Game took place at Estadio José Ramón Cepero in Ciego de Ávila, Ciego de Ávila. The Occidentales beat the Orientales, 5-4. Geonel Gutiérrez got the win over Rubén Rodríguez while Frank Medina saved it. The Occidentales were aided by 4 early Orientales errors.
Jorge Alomá of Artemisa and Las Tunas won the Serie Nacional MVP after batting a league-leading .388 with a .493 OBP and .616 SLG. César Prieto (Villa Clara/Cienfuegos) was named Serie Nacional Rookie of the Year after hitting .356/?/.471 and scoring 73 runs in 89 games.
Offensive All-Stars were C Yosvany Alarcón (Las Tunas), 1B Yunier Mendoza (Sancti Spíritus), 2B Carlos Benítez (Granma), SS Jorge Alomá (Artemisa/Las Tunas), 3B Orlando Acebey (Sancti Spíritus), OF Ariel Sánchez (Matanzas), OF Stayler Hernández (Industriales/Villa Clara), OF Edilse Silva (Santiago de Cuba) and DH Yordanis Samón (Industriales). Alaín Sánchez (Villa Clara) was named the top right-handed pitcher and Dariel Góngora (Camagüey/Las Tunas) the top southpaw. Pablo Alberto Civil won Manager of the Year and Jorge Niebla Umpire of the Year.
Gold Glove winners were C Yulexis La Rosa (Villa Clara), 1B William Saavedra (Pinar del Río), 2B Carlos Benítez (Granma), SS Yorbis Borroto (Ciego de Ávila), 3B Michael González (Mayabeque), OF Andy Zamora (Villa Clara), OF Orlando Lavandera (Mayabeque) and Edilse Silva (Santiago de Cuba).