Las Villas (Series Selectivas)

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Las Villas played for many years in the Series Selectivas. They debuted in the league's first season, 1975 with a 26-28 record and fifth-place finish among eight entries. In 1976, the team went 32-22 to tie for third. They had league leaders Antonio Muñoz (45 R, 12 2B, 12 HR) and Pedro José Rodríguez Sr. (43 RBI) as a 1-2 power punch.

In 1977, Las Villas was 33-21, finishing second. Pedro Jova led the league with 49 runs while Rodriguez led with 16 homers and 56 RBI. During 1978, the team was 35-25 under manager Eduardo Martín to take the title. Jova led the league in average (.372) and hits (92), Muñoz in RBI (55) and Rodríguez in homers (28) and RBI (75). Sixto Hernández led the league with 13 steals.

Las Villas fell all the way to last at 23-36 in 1979, again led by Hernández (the batting champion) and Muñoz (the leader with 52 runs, 25 HR and 67 RBI). In 1980, the team was 30-30, good for fourth place, despite some more league-leading performances: Héctor Olivera Sr. hit .459 to take the batting crown, Jova led the league with 56 runs and Muñoz led with 18 homers and 67 RBI.

The team finished second at 37-23 in 1981, one game behind the Orientales. Muñoz once again led the charge, leading the Series in hits (82), runs (51), doubles (26), home runs (18) and RBI (64). Las Villas was 29-27 and fourth place in 1982 and had no league leaders for the first time since their debut season.

Las Villas had a record of 42-18 under Martín in 1983 to take their second title. Muñoz led the league in hits (77), homers (14) and RBI (65) while Victor Mesa led the league with 47 runs and 21 steals.

The club fell back to second with a 24-19 record in 1984. Mesa led the league with 38 runs and 14 stolen bases while Rodríguez tied for the lead in both doubles (12) and RBI (38). Lázaro Madera tied for the most RBI as well. In 1985, Las Villas took its third title for Martín with a 26-19 record, just a game ahead of Habana. Amado Zamora won the batting title at .361 while Mesa led with 12 steals. José Riveira paced the circuit with 63 K's.

In 1986, the team finished 5th at 29-34, but Zamora (.392) won his second batting championship. During 1987, they were 32-31 and 4th. Mesa's 30 steals led the league.

Las Villas had a record of 35-28 to finish 4th again in 1988. Lourdes Gourriel Sr. (.430) brought them yet another batting title while Mesa led with 35 swipes. In 1989, the team went 45-18 to tie Habana for the best record. They then took two games in a row in a best-of-3 series to determine the championship for their 4th title. Reinaldo Santana tied for the lead with 10 wins while Zamora won his third batting title at .413. Eddy Rojas was the big star on offense, leading the circuit with 100 hits, 72 runs, 25 home runs and 76 RBI.

In 1990, Las Villas was 31-32 to finish fourth. Mesa led the Series with 22 stolen bases. During 1991, the team went 27-36 to finish 7th; Mesa led the league with 86 hits and 30 steals. Their last season came in 1992, when they were 30-32 and in 4th. Reemberto Rosell led with 96 hits and 7 triples, while Mesa stole 52 bases, his 6th time pacing the loop for Las Villas.