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Mar '08 28

Preview Spanish Honor Division Part One

The Marlins Puerto Cruz won the second straight Spanish title last year. They lost just one game and stayed in front of the FC Barcelona and CB Sant Boi, who finished also on the podium. Rivas Ciudad Del Deporte from Madrid was relegated, winning just four games.

The Offseason in Spain was quiet eventful. The league shrank from twelve to nine teams. The eighth ranked club Hercules L’Hospitalet had to follow Rivas into the second division due to a new rule, requiring a grass surface in all ballparks. The three squads CD Amaya, CAD Irabia and CD Arga went together to form a new organization, called Baseball Navarre. Another new face in the Honor Division comes from Valencia. The Astros were promoted after winning 17 of 24 games and the Second Division Championship.

The league Lineup of nine teams it requires a format change for the 2008 season. There are still no playoffs planned. They are going to play a double round robin with each game day consisting of four doubleheaders. Every week, one of the nine will have a bye-date. The team with the most victories receives the championship trophy.

The last five Spanish champions:
2007: Marlins Puerto de la Cruz
2006: Marlins Puerto de la Cruz
2005: Rojos de Candelaria (Tenerife)
2004: Rojos de Candelaria (Tenerife)
2003: CBS Sant Boi

A last look at the final standings from 2007:

  1. Marlins Puerto Cruz
  2. FC Barcelona
  3. CB Sant Boi
  4. CB Viladecans
  5. San Inazio Bilbao
  6. CD Amaya
  7. El Llano
  8. Hercules L’Hospitalet
  9. CAD Irabia
  10. CD Arga
  11. CD Pamplona
  12. Rivas Ciudad Del Deporte

Players to look for:
The five best position players:
Dewis Navarro (C) Marlins
Marc Carrillo (IF) Sant Boi
Kelvin Marianucci (OF) San Inazio
Juan Salazar (IF) FC Barcelona
Jesus Golindano (IF) FC Barcelona

The five best pitchers:
Remigio Leal (RHP) FC Barcelona
Yoel Hernandez (RHP) Sant Boi
German Arroyo (RHP) Baseball Navarra
Homer Baez (LHP) FC Barcelona
Juan Lopez (LHP) Baseball Navarra

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Check part two for notes on all nine teams

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