1982 Central American and Caribbean Games

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The 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games were very unusual - they were the only major international event of the 1980s in which Cuba competed and did not win Gold. Even more interesting is that they had home field advantage as the Games were held in Havana.

Flag of Dominican Republic Dominican Republic won Gold for the first time in 20 years, going 5-1. They lost 4-1 to Cuba but beat everyone else. Their only player among the leaders was Orlando Guerrero with 6 steals. One of their players was future major leaguer Félix Fermín‎.

Flag of Cuba Cuba was 4-2, losing one-run games to Panama (2-1) and Puerto Rico (3-2). Antonio Muñoz (.333) led the event in doubles (4) and tied for the most runs (6) while Pedro Rodriguez Sr. (.190) tied for the lead in homers (2) and RBI (6). The other 6-RBI man was Lourdes Gourriel Sr. (.217). Lazaro de la Torre was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA as the top pitcher of the event while Braudilio Vinent was 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA. The rest of the staff was clearly not as effective, going 0-2.

Flag of Panama Panama finished with a Bronze at 3-3. Crispin Poveda pitched them to a stunning upset of Cuba.

Flag of Netherlands Antilles Netherlands Antilles also was 3-3, missing out on a medal. Players included Renato Anastagasti, Rafael Jozefa Sr., Eithel de Caster and Sherwin Cijntje.

Flag of Nicaragua Nicaragua went 2-4. Apolinar Cruz tied for the lead in home runs with 2.

Flag of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico was 2-4, both wins going to Mariano Quiñones (2-0). Ruben Machado hit 2 homers, tying for the most.

Flag of Venezuela Venezuela also was 2-4. Jesus Cartagena had the best average (.523) and most hits (11) while O. Torres (2-0) got both wins. R. Valbuena tied for the lead in runs with 6.

Also see 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games (Rosters)

Source: A History of Cuban Baseball by Peter Bjarkman

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