Havana, Dec 5 – Cuban national baseball is coming back to the playgrounds, when the 44th National Championship is restarted, after stopping because of the celebration of the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico.
Since November 3, the Cuban Baseball Championship made a pause, to faciliotate the training and participation of the national team in the Central American Games, a process that concluded with the first place of the Cuban team in the Games, at the Beto Avila Stadium.
Although the happiness is not over, the attention is already going to the domestic championship, already in the final matches of the classification stage, which will conclude on December 19.
During the 33 matches disputed by most of the 16 contenders, the eyes of many, were at the national champion Pinar del Rio, now out of the places for classification to the second stage.
With 14 victories and 15 defeats, the Cuban representative in the next Caribbean Series is on the 10th place, two steps under the established limit to accede the playoffs.
After 45 games, only eight teams will still be alive to play the second round, with 42 matches, to define the four first places to go to the playoffs.
Matanzas (22-11), Granma (18-11), Artemisa (20-13) and Ciego de Ávila (18-14) are dominating and seem to be sure candidates for the second stage.
But at least, another nine teams, have a chance to classify among the first eight for the second stage.
With more pressure and little margin for error, down the road, there are Isla de la Juventud (17-14), Industriales (18-15), Villa Clara (17-15), Guantánamo (16-17) and Santiago de Cuba (16 -17) aligned from fifth to ninth place, because underneath, othewr teams appear, able to unseat these.
Las Tunas (14-17), Holguin (14-17) and Sancti Spiritus (14-18) join the national champion like the teams that, armed with faith and confidence, could subvert the existing order of the table.
Except Cienfuegos (14-19), Camaguey (12-21) and Mayabeque (11-21), the other teams have weapons with which to react and encourage a tournament of medium quality, but hardly fought.
Source: Prensa Latina