Industriales
Overview
 
Industriales is a baseball
Baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

 team in the Cuban National Series
Cuban National Series
The Cuban National Series is the primary domestic amateur baseball competition in Cuba. Formed after the dissolution of the Cuban League in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, the Series is a part of the Cuban national baseball system.-League structure:...

. One of the two teams based in the city of Havana
Havana
Havana is the capital city, province, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. The city proper has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of — making it the largest city in the Caribbean region, and the most populous...

, Industriales is historically the most successful team in the National Series, the main domestic competition in post-revolutionary
Cuban Revolution
The Cuban Revolution was an armed revolt by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement against the regime of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista between 1953 and 1959. Batista was finally ousted on 1 January 1959, and was replaced by a revolutionary government led by Castro...

 Cuban baseball. They are similar to the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
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 in the sense that they have fans all over the country, being a sure sellout in any stadium, also hated by many outside the capital. The Super Classic of Cuban National Series takes place six times per season between Industriales and Santiago de Cuba, and it's also the equivalent of the MLB
Major League Baseball
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 classic New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
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, the matchup also represents the rivalry between the two cities (La Habana and Santiago de Cuba), dating back to the era when Cuba was a colony of Spain
Spain
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, two centuries ago.
Encyclopedia
Industriales is a baseball
Baseball
Baseball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of nine players each. The aim is to score runs by hitting a thrown ball with a bat and touching a series of four bases arranged at the corners of a ninety-foot diamond...

 team in the Cuban National Series
Cuban National Series
The Cuban National Series is the primary domestic amateur baseball competition in Cuba. Formed after the dissolution of the Cuban League in the wake of the Cuban Revolution, the Series is a part of the Cuban national baseball system.-League structure:...

. One of the two teams based in the city of Havana
Havana
Havana is the capital city, province, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba. The city proper has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, and it spans a total of — making it the largest city in the Caribbean region, and the most populous...

, Industriales is historically the most successful team in the National Series, the main domestic competition in post-revolutionary
Cuban Revolution
The Cuban Revolution was an armed revolt by Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement against the regime of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista between 1953 and 1959. Batista was finally ousted on 1 January 1959, and was replaced by a revolutionary government led by Castro...

 Cuban baseball. They are similar to the New York Yankees
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the The Bronx, New York. They compete in Major League Baseball in the American League's East Division...

 in the sense that they have fans all over the country, being a sure sellout in any stadium, also hated by many outside the capital. The Super Classic of Cuban National Series takes place six times per season between Industriales and Santiago de Cuba, and it's also the equivalent of the MLB
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is the highest level of professional baseball in the United States and Canada, consisting of teams that play in the National League and the American League...

 classic New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, and a member of Major League Baseball’s American League Eastern Division. Founded in as one of the American League's eight charter franchises, the Red Sox's home ballpark has been Fenway Park since . The "Red Sox"...

, the matchup also represents the rivalry between the two cities (La Habana and Santiago de Cuba), dating back to the era when Cuba was a colony of Spain
Spain
Spain , officially the Kingdom of Spain languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Spain's official name is as follows:;;;;;;), is a country and member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula...

, two centuries ago. They are known as the Lions (los leones) or "the Blue Ones" (los azules) or "the Blue Lions" (los Leones Azules). Royal blue
Royal blue
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 is their color, though teams like Camagüey and Ciego de Ávila also have blue uniforms (navy blue
Navy blue
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 and sky blue, respectively.)

History

The team was founded in the year 1962, as representatives of all the workers from all the industries of Cuba. Industriales is the perceived heir to the Almendares
Almendares (baseball club)
The Almendares club was one of the oldest and most distinguished baseball teams in the old Cuban League, which existed from 1878 to 1961. Almendares represented the Almendares District on the outskirts of the old city of Havana—when the league was founded it was still considered a suburban area,...

 baseball team from the professional Cuban League
Cuban League
The Cuban League was one of the earliest and longest lasting professional baseball leagues outside of the United States, operating in Cuba from 1878 to 1961...

. They won the Cuban National Series in 1963
1962-63 Cuban National Series
The second season of the Cuban National Series was a display of parity, as three of the four teams were within one game of .500. Tied at the top were Industriales, with the first of many titles, and Oriente, so they played a best-of-three-playoff to decide the title....

, 1964
1963-64 Cuban National Series
The third Cuban National Series ended with the second straight championship for Industriales.-Standings:-References: * Orientales had been named Oriente prior to this season....

, 1965
1964-65 Cuban National Series
Industriales began to make a habit of Cuban National Series titles during the 1964-65 season, the fourth installment of Cuba's new post-revolutionary amateur baseball league. The team, representing Havana, won its third straight title...

, 1966
1965-66 Cuban National Series
The fifth season of the Cuban National Series saw two simultaneous expansions: in the number of teams and the number of games played. Two new teams, Henequeneros and Centrales, were formed, and the schedule was nearly doubled, from 39 games per team to 65....

, 1973
1972-73 Cuban National Series
The lions of Industriales won its fifth Cuban National Series, outdistancing Habana and two-time defending champion Azucareros over the 78-game season.-Standings:-References:...

, 1986
1985-86 Cuban National Series
The 25th Cuban National Series was the first to feature four-team-playoffs with the first- and second-place teams from each of the new Western and Eastern zones.Four teams qualified for the playoffs: Industriales, Vegueros, Santiago de Cuba and Villa Clara...

, 1992
1991-92 Cuban National Series
-Western zone:-Eastern zone:-Playoffs:-References:...

, 1996
1995-96 Cuban National Series
The 35th Cuban National Series was dominated by Villa Clara, seeking to match Industriales' record of four straight titles from the early 1960s. However, the Leones were able to defend their record by upending the Naranjas in the final.-Group A:-Group B:...

, 2003
2002-03 Cuban National Series
The 42nd Cuban National Series belonged to Industriales, who rode a 66-23 regular season into the playoffs, where they lost only two games before sweeping Villa Clara Naranjas in the final for their ninth title.-Western zone:-Eastern zone:-Playoffs:...

, 2004
2003-04 Cuban National Series
The 43rd Cuban National Series ended with Industriales winning their record 10th title, sweeping Villa Clara in the best of seven final.-Western zone:-Eastern zone:-Playoffs:...

, 2006
2005-06 Cuban National Series
The 45th season of the Cuban National Series ended with another title for Industriales. Though the Lions failed to win their division, they won close-fought series throughout the playoffs and won their 11th championship.-West:-East:-Playoffs:...

 and 2010. Today the team holds the record of victories in a season (90 games in Cuba) with 66 and more National Series won in a row with 4.

Current roster

  • Catchers: Alden Mesa, Frank Camilo Morejón, Jockel Gil y Alejandro Regueira
  • Infielders: Alexander Malleta, Raiko Olivares, Leugim Barroso, Roberto Carlos Ramírez, Rudy Reyes y Juan Carlos Torriente
  • Outfielders: Carlos Tabares, Yoandry Urgellés, Stayler Hernández y Serguei Pérez
  • Pitchers: Arleys Sánchez, Yoandri Portal ,Ian Rendón, Deinis Suárez, Frank Montieth, Odrisamer Despaigne, Reinier Roll, Armando Rivero, Yadiel Torres, Ebrys Martínez, César López, Rodolfo Fernández y Ramón Cairoz Jr.

National Series MVPs

The following Industriales players have been named the National Series' most valuable player.
  • 1965 Urbano González
  • 1967 Pedro Chávez
  • 1971 Antonio Jiménez
  • 1972 Agustín Marquetti
  • 1986 Lázaro Vargas
    Lázaro Vargas
    Lázaro Vargas Álvarez is a Cuban baseball player and Olympic gold medalist.Vargas is a two time Gold medalist for baseball, winning at the 1992 Summer Olympics and the 1996 Summer Olympics....

  • 1987 Javier Méndez
    Javier Méndez
    Javier Méndez González is a Cuban baseball player and Olympic silver medalist.-External links:*...

  • 1996 Jorge Fumero
    Jorge Fumero
    Jorge F. Fumero Fernández is a Cuban baseball player and Olympic gold medalist.Fumero is a one time Gold medalist for baseball, winning at the 1996 Summer Olympics.-External links:*...

  • 2003 Javier Méndez
    Javier Méndez
    Javier Méndez González is a Cuban baseball player and Olympic silver medalist.-External links:*...


Other notable players=
  • Rey Vicente Anglada (second base)
  • Armando Capiró (outfield
    Outfield
    The outfield is a sporting term used in cricket and baseball to refer to the area of the field of play further from the batsman or batter than the infield...

    )
  • José Modesto Darcourt (pitcher
    Pitcher
    In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throwsthe baseball from the pitcher's mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter, who attempts to either make contact with the pitched ball or draw a walk. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the...

    )
  • Ángel Leocadio Díaz (pitcher)
  • Antonio González (baseball) (shortstop
    Shortstop
    Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. Shortstop is often regarded as the most dynamic defensive position in baseball, because there are more right-handed hitters in baseball than left-handed hitters, and most hitters have a tendency to pull the...

    )
  • Ricardo Lazo (catcher
    Catcher
    Catcher is a position for a baseball or softball player. When a batter takes his turn to hit, the catcher crouches behind home plate, in front of the umpire, and receives the ball from the pitcher. This is a catcher's primary duty, but he is also called upon to master many other skills in order to...

    )
  • Raúl López (pitcher)
  • Reinaldo Linares (outfield)
  • Santiago "Changa Mederos" Mederos (pitcher)
  • Pedro Medina (catcher)
  • Germán Mesa
    Germán Mesa
    German Mesa is a former Cuban shortstop for the Industriales of the Cuban National League and for the Cuba national baseball team. Mesa was known as "El Imán" or "The Magnet" for his superior fielding skills. He was also an above average hitter and base runner who led Cuban baseball in hits,...

     (shortstop)
  • Eulogio Osorio (outfield)
  • Juan Padilla
    Juan Padilla (second baseman)
    Juan Padilla Alfonso was a member of the Gold Medal-winning Cuban team at the Olympics in 1992 and 1996.-Cuban leagues:...

     (second base)
  • Rodolfo Puente (shortstop)
  • Lázaro de la Torre (pitcher)
  • Lázaro Valle
    Lazaro Valle
    Lazaro Valle Martell is a Cuban baseball player and Olympic silver medalist.-External links:*...

     (pitcher)
  • Kendrys Morales (pitcher-outfielder-infielder)
  • Yasser Gomez
    Yasser Gómez
    Yasser Gómez Soto is a Cuban baseball player and Olympic silver medalist with the Atlanta Braves organization.-Cuba:Gómez played for the Cuba national baseball team in the 2000 Summer Olympics, winning the silver medal....

     (outfielder)
  • Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez
    Orlando Hernández
    Orlando Hernández Pedroso , nicknamed "El Duque", is a former Cuban right-handed baseball pitcher....

     (pitcher)
  • Javier Mendez
    Javier Méndez
    Javier Méndez González is a Cuban baseball player and Olympic silver medalist.-External links:*...

     (outfielder)
  • Agustin Marqueti (first baseman)
  • Yoandry Urgelles
    Yoandry Urgellés
    Yoandry Urgellés Cobas is a left fielder for Industriales of the Cuban National Series. He was part of the Cuban team that won the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens....

     (outfielder)
  • Carlos Tabares
    Carlos Tabares
    Carlos Alberto Tabares Padilla is a center fielder for Industriales of the Cuban National Series...

     (centerfielder)
  • Yadel Marti
    Yadel Martí
    Yadel Martí Carrillo is a right-handed pitcher in the Oakland Athletics organization.-Cuba:Martí formerly played for the Cuba national baseball team and Industriales of the Cuban National Series....

     (pitcher)

Emigrants

A number of Industriales players have defected from Cuba, often to pursue professional baseball in other countries. These include the following:
  • Jesus Ametller
  • Ivan Alvarez
    Iván Álvarez
    Iván Álvarez is a Chilean football forward. He currently plays for Rangers de Talca. He is the twin brother of Cristián Álvarez.-External links:...

  • Luis Alvarez Estrada
  • Juan Chavez Álvarez
  • Leonardo Fariñas
  • René Arocha
    René Arocha
    René Arocha is a former MLB baseball player.-Biography:René Arocha studied as a teenager at the Regla high school in Havana...

  • Evel Bastida
  • Bárbaro Cañizares
    Barbaro Canizares
    Bárbaro Rafael Cañizares [cah-nyee-that'-ress] is a Cuban first baseman that plays for the Guerreros de Oaxaca in the Triple-A Mexican League. He is 6'3" and weights 230 lbs...

  • Alexis Cabrejas
  • Roberto Colina
  • Yunel Escobar
    Yunel Escobar
    Yunel Almenares Escobar is a professional baseball shortstop with the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.-Early life:Escobar was born in Havana, Cuba...

  • Osvaldo Fernandez Guerra
  • Bárbaro Garbey
    Barbaro Garbey
    Bárbaro Garbey is a former utility player in Major League Baseball. Garbey played at outfield, first and third bases, and also served as designated hitter. He batted and threw right-handed....

  • Mario González
  • Yamel Guevara
  • Adrian Hernández
    Adrian Hernandez
    Adrian Hernandez is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers.-New York Yankees:...

  • Michel Hernández
    Michel Hernandez
    Michel Hernandez is a Cuban professional baseball catcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball.-Professional career:...

  • Orlando Hernández
    Orlando Hernández
    Orlando Hernández Pedroso , nicknamed "El Duque", is a former Cuban right-handed baseball pitcher....

  • Liván Hernández
    Liván Hernández
    Eisler Liván Hernández Carrera is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher. He is the half-brother of pitcher Orlando "El Duque" Hernández.-Playing career:...

  • Manuel Hurtado
  • Yoan Limonta-Zayas
  • Donell Linares
  • Agustin Marquetti Jr.
  • Ángel Leocadio Díaz
  • Kendrys Morales
  • Vladimir Núñez
    Vladimir Núñez
    Vladimir Núñez Zarabaza is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He is currently the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Braves of the Gulf Coast League...

  • Rey Ordóñez
    Rey Ordóñez
    Reynaldo Ordóñez Pereira is a former professional baseball shortstop. He played all or part of nine seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Chicago Cubs....

  • William Ortega
    William Ortega
    William Ortega Bobadilla is a former Major League Baseball player. Ortega played in five games for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2001 season, all as a pinch hitter. He batted and threw right-handed....

  • Hassan Peña
  • Rolando Pastor
  • Mayque Quintero
  • Euclides Rojas
    Euclides Rojas
    Euclides Rojas is a Cuban-born coach and player development official in Major League Baseball. On November 24, 2010, he was named bullpen coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates....

  • Rolando Viera
    Rolando Viera
    Rolando Viera is a Cuban-born, left-handed baseball pitcher who unsuccessfully sued Major League Baseball to challenge its draft procedures for Cuban players. Viera signed with the Boston Red Sox and played for its minor league affiliates before being released as a free agent.-Background:Viera...

  • Omar Yapur
  • Yadel Marti
    Yadel Martí
    Yadel Martí Carrillo is a right-handed pitcher in the Oakland Athletics organization.-Cuba:Martí formerly played for the Cuba national baseball team and Industriales of the Cuban National Series....

  • Yasser Gomez
    Yasser Gómez
    Yasser Gómez Soto is a Cuban baseball player and Olympic silver medalist with the Atlanta Braves organization.-Cuba:Gómez played for the Cuba national baseball team in the 2000 Summer Olympics, winning the silver medal....


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