Caribbean Confederation commissioner Juan Francisco Puello Herrera and Higinio Velez, the president of the Cuban Federation of Baseball, announced Monday that the island will participate in the annual tournament after a 53-year absence next February in Venezuela.
“Since I started my tenure in 1999, I’ve always had the desire to return Cuba to Caribbean Series,” Puello Herrera told The Associated Press. “Now, I can say that for next year’s tournament we’ll start a ‘third stage’ with Cuba as an added asset.”
The annual round-robin tournament currently includes the Winter League champions from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. The winner of Cuba’s Serie Nacional, the championship of its top league, will represent the island.