Panama beats Cuba to win the Caribbean Series

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PANAMA CITY — With a team that wasn’t even sup­posed to be in the tour­na­ment, Panama beat Cuba 3-1 on Sun­day to win its sec­ond ever Caribbean Series and first since 1950.

Panama was rep­re­sented in the tour­na­ment for the first time since 1960 only af­ter the Caribbean Pro­fes­sional Base­ball Leagues moved the series out of Venezuela due to se­cu­rity con­cerns shortly be­fore it be­gan. With Panama host­ing, the Toros de Her­rera were in­vited to play as a guest.

The only Pana­ma­nian team to win the tour­na­ment was the Carta Vieja Yan­kees, who did it in 1950 with a ros­ter full of Amer­i­can play­ers.

This win adds to what’s al­ready been a big year for Pana­ma­nian base­ball — coun­try­man Mar­i­ano Rivera be­came base­ball’s first unan­i­mous Hall of Fame se­lec­tion in Jan­uary. Rivera was in at­ten­dance for the first night of the tour­na­ment.

De­spite win­ning this year’s tour­na­ment, it’s still un­cer­tain whether Panama will play next year in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Allen Cor­dona and Elmer Reyes had RBIs in the bot­tom of the first against Freddy Asiel Al­varez and added a run in the sev­enth on Ro­drigo Vigil’s hit.

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