MIAMI, Sept. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Sports and Media Partners, LLC (SMP) and Marlins Park announced today the launch of Serie de las Américas, a first-ever baseball tournament that will have the leading teams from the professional Winter Baseball Leagues in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic facing off on November 21st and 22nd. These teams will play double-headers on each day that will be official games. This will be the first time in history that teams from the Caribbean Confederation play inter-league games in the United States. All games will be hosted at Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins and the 2017 MLB All Star Game.
“This Series will create an amazing showcase for Caribbean Baseball that will allow fans from the USA, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and throughout the Caribbean to enjoy their favorite teams at Marlins Park,” stated Lou Melendez, Managing Partner of SMP. “We envision all the countries that make up the Caribbean Confederation, including Puerto Rico and Mexico, at some time participating in games that will highlight the young talent that all of these countries desire to put on display for their fans throughout the world. I can see the day when Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua and Cuba join the Confederation providing fans with the opportunity to see the players from these countries.”
The Venezuelan teams that will compete in the first Serie de las Américas are the Navegantes del Magallanes and Cardenales de Lara, and the Dominicans will counter with the Tigres de Licey and Águilas Cibaeñas. The game schedule is as follows: Day One, Saturday, Nov. 21st, the two Venezuelan teams, Navegantes del Magallanes and the Cardenales de Lara will face off at 1 p.m., and at 6 p.m., the Tigres del Licey and the Águilas Cibaeñas will take center stage. On Day Two, Sunday, Nov. 22nd, the two losing teams will meet up at 2 p.m., and the winners will face off at 7 p.m. The victor of this match will be crowned as the Tournament Champion.
“We are extremely pleased to host the first Serie de las Americas event at Marlins Park, providing our local community the opportunity to see teams from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela,” said Claude Delorme, Miami Marlins Executive Vice President of Operations and Events. “This event looks to build off of the excitement and passion of fans at the World Baseball Classic in 2013. Fans can expect great baseball with incredible energy at our state-of-the-art facility.”
The games will be broadcast live in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia and Panama, and will be produced in English and Spanish. Game content will be distributed online as well at Latinobaseball.com.
Marlins Park is located at 501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125. Tickets for the series or for individual games can be bought at Tickets.com or at the Marlins Park box office.