1999 Caribbean Series
The 1999 Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was the twenty-ninth edition of the second stage of the Caribbean Series. It was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from February 2 to February 8. The series featured four teams from Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. The Tigres del Licey of the Dominican League won the series - their eighth - after a dramatic final two games. The team was managed by Dave Jauss. The Most Valuable Player was, for a second year running, Neifi Pérez a shortstop with the Tigres del Licey.
In the final game of the round-robin round, saw Licey with a 4-1 record and facing the 3-2 Indios de Mayagüez, with Licey needing a win to take the title. The Tigres led 5-0 in the 8th inning but three errors (of six in the game by the Tigers) helped Mayagüez to a stunning comeback capped by a hit by Edwards Guzman to score Jose Cruz Jr.. This forced another matchup of the two teams as the The Cardenales de Lara and Águilas de Mexicali had both been eliminated at 2-4.
In the finale, Licey led 4-1 after three innings thanks to a 2-run homer by David Ortiz, who had only hit 4 for 21 in the Series until that point). Mayagüez scored twice in the 8th to come within one and then Wil Cordero homered off of Manny Aybar in the 9th to tie the score. In the top of the 12th, Boi Rodriguez homered to put the Indios ahead and almost give them a second straight dramatic win. In the bottom of the inning, Luis Castillo hit a pinch-hit single and stole second. A wild pitch by Miguel Alicea put Castillo on third and Ronnie Belliard was walked. Eddie Priest relieved Alicea and Belliard swiped second. Ortiz then hit a two-run liner than won it for Licey.
Licey's leading hitters were Series MVP Neifi Perez (.400), Adrian Beltre (.280), and pitcher Dario Perez 1-0, 1.80). Mayagüez's near-hero Rodriguez hit .308 with 9 runs, 3 home runs and a .731 slugging percentage. Jose Rosado was the top Indios pitcher at 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA. Ever Magallanes (.381, 7 RBI, .762 SLG) and Karim Garcia (.500, 1.07 SLG) paced Mexicali's hitting while Carlos Mendoza (.500) and Wes Chamberlain (.389, 7 R, 1.000 SLG) were the best hitters with the Venezuelan club.
|Tigres del Licey||DOM Dominican League||7||5||2||0.714||Dave Jauss|
|Indios de Mayagüez||PRI Puerto Rican League||7||4||3||0.571||Al Newman|
|Cardenales de Lara||VEN Venezuelan League||6||2||4||0.333||Omar Malavé|
|Águilas de Mexicali||MEX Mexican Pacific League||6||2||4||0.333||Francisco Estrada|
- C: Benji Molina, Mayagüez
- 1B: Boi Rodriguez , Mayagüez
- 2B: Ever Magallanes, Mexicali
- SS: Neifi Pérez, Licey
- 3B: Adrian Beltre, Licey
- OF: Karim Garcia, Mexicali
- OF: Carlos Mendoza, Lara
- OF: Luis Polonia, Licey
- DH: Wes Chamberlain, Lara
- RHP: Dario Perez, Licey
- LHP: Jose Rosado, Mayagüez
- RP: Miguel Batista, Licey
- Batting Average: .529 - Carlos Mendoza, Cardenales de Lara
- Home Runs: 3 - Wes Chamberlain, Cardenales de Lara; Ferdinand Rodríguez, Indios de Mayagüez
- Runs Batted In: 9 - David Ortiz, Tigres del Licey
- Wins: 2 - Anthony Chavez, Tigres del Licey
- 2000 Baseball Almanac
|Serie del Caribe (Caribbean Series)
|Most Valuable Player | Serie Interamericana | Confederación de Béisbol del Caribe|
|Caribbean Baseball Hall of Fame|