Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Many have speculated how baseball first came to Puerto Rico, but most historians agree it came from Cuba in the early 20th century. Things started much like they did in the Dominican Republic with Cubans fleeing their homes during the Ten Years War and War of Independence.

Once introduced, baseball rapidly garnered widespread interest from Puerto Rican natives. A formal winter professional league was established in 1938, featuring six teams with two to be added soon after. The Caribbean World Series was created in 1949, and Puerto Rico found itself up against teams such as Cuba, Panama and Venezuela - all nations with a significantly longer exposure to the game; however, Panama went on to secure the Caribbean World Series championship in four of the tournament's first seven years of existence.

Over 200 Puerto Rican-born players made the leap to the Majors, which include Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and Bernie Williams in addition to the aforementioned Cepeda and Clemente. A wealth of talent and enthusiasm for the game makes Puerto Rico an intimidating rival for any country. The Puerto Rican National Team has experienced success in international competitions, including the World Baseball Classic where they have finished fifth overall in the 2006 and 2009 tournaments and finished as runner-ups in 2013.

Puerto Rico looked to be the unstoppable force in the 2017 tournament, entering the Finals with a perfect 7-0 record. But Team USA ended their magical run with an 8-0 win in the title game.
First Round (Round Robin)
Pool D: Jalisco Estadio Charros de Jalisco
Gm 2 pur
0
11
F/7
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 PM EST
Fri, Mar 10
8:00 PM CDT
Gm 4 mex
9
4
F
Sat, Mar 11
9:30 PM EST
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 PM CDT
Gm 5 pur
3
9
F
Sun, Mar 12
3:30 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 12
1:30 PM CDT
Second Round (Round Robin)
Pool F: San Diego Petco Park
Gm 1 pur
1
3
F
Tue, Mar 14
9:00 PM EDT
Tue, Mar 14
6:00 PM PDT
Gm 4 pur
5
6
F
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 PM EDT
Fri, Mar 17
7:00 PM PDT
Gm 5 ven
13
2
F
Sat, Mar 18
3:30 PM EDT
Sat, Mar 18
12:30 PM PDT
Championship Round (Single Elimination)
Finals: Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
Gm 1 pur
3
4
F/11
Mon, Mar 20
9:00 PM EDT
Mon, Mar 20
6:00 PM PDT
Gm 3 pur
8
0
F
Wed, Mar 22
9:00 PM EDT
Wed, Mar 22
6:00 PM PDT

ROUND ROBIN STANDINGS

Pool D: Jalisco Estadio Charros de Jalisco

Puerto Rico (3-0) and Venezuela (2-2) advance to Pool F: San Diego -- See tiebreaker rules here »

Rank Team W L
1 Puerto Rico pur 3 0
2 Venezuela ven 2 2
3 Italy ita 1 3
4 Mexico mex 1 2
Pool F: San Diego Petco Park

Puerto Rico (3-0), USA (2-1) advance to Championship Round in Los Angeles

Rank Team W L
1 Puerto Rico pur 3 0
2 United States usa 2 1
3 Dominican Republic dom 1 2
4 Venezuela ven 0 3

HEADLINES

Classic success could spark Puerto Rico

Though Puerto Rico once again was shutout in the championship game -- 8-0 on Wednesday night against Team USA at Dodger Stadium following a 3-0 loss in the 2013 Classic finals to the Dominican Republic -- many see the nation's success in the past two tournaments as a path to restoring the passion for the game to a place that was once the hotbed of baseball talent outside of the United States.


Classic experience one USA, PR won't soon forget

You heard the emotion in the words as they said it. You saw their faces and knew they meant it. To the players in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the tournament was an enormous hit, a stunning success story that is only getting better every four years.


Yadi, Balentien among All-Classic Team standouts

Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.



VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS


Roster
Pitchers
# Name B/T Height Weight Birth Date
37 Jose Berrios R-R 6'0" 185lbs. 05/27/1994
54 Hiram Burgos R-R 5'11" 210lbs. 08/04/1987
58 Alex Claudio L-L 6'3" 180lbs. 01/31/1992
29 Joe Colon* R-R 6'0" 180lbs. 02/18/1990
39 Edwin Diaz R-R 6'3" 165lbs. 03/22/1994
43 Joe Jimenez R-R 6'3" 272lbs. 01/17/1995
28 Jorge Lopez R-R 6'3" 195lbs. 02/10/1993
67 Seth Lugo R-R 6'4" 225lbs. 11/17/1989
13 Emilio Pagan L-R 6'3" 205lbs. 05/07/1991
38 Joel Pineiro* R-R 6'0" 200lbs. 09/25/1978
34 Orlando Roman R-R 6'1" 210lbs. 11/28/1978
32 J.C. Romero S-L 5'11" 205lbs. 06/04/1976
53 Hector Santiago R-L 6'0" 215lbs. 12/16/1987
35 Giovanni Soto L-L 6'2" 210lbs. 05/18/1991
Catchers
55 Roberto Perez R-R 5'11" 220lbs. 12/23/1988
44 Rene Rivera R-R 5'10" 215lbs. 07/31/1983
Infielders
14 Mike Aviles R-R 5'10" 205lbs. 03/13/1981
9 Javier Baez R-R 6'0" 190lbs. 12/01/1992
1 Carlos Correa R-R 6'4" 215lbs. 09/22/1994
Isan Diaz L-R 5'10" 185lbs. 05/27/1996
12 Francisco Lindor S-R 5'11" 190lbs. 11/14/1993
Edwin Rios L-R 6'3" 220lbs. 04/21/1994
5 T.J. Rivera R-R 6'1" 203lbs. 10/27/1988
20 Kennys Vargas S-R 6'5" 290lbs. 08/01/1990
Outfielders
15 Carlos Beltran S-R 6'1" 215lbs. 04/24/1977
3 Rey Fuentes L-L 6'0" 160lbs. 02/12/1991
16 Angel Pagan S-R 6'2" 200lbs. 07/02/1981
17 Eddie Rosario L-R 6'1" 180lbs. 09/28/1991
Designated Pitcher Pool
51 Andrew Barbosa R-L 6'8" 230lbs. 11/18/1987
Jean Cosme R-R 6'2" 155lbs. 05/24/1996
52 Jose De La Torre R-R 5'10" 195lbs. 10/17/1985
87 Jose De Leon R-R 6'1" 220lbs. 08/07/1992
30 Dereck Rodriguez R-R 6'1" 215lbs. 06/05/1992
48 Andres Santiago R-R 6'1" 220lbs. 10/26/1989
41 Mario Santiago R-R 6'2" 210lbs. 12/16/1984
* Designated Pool Pitcher on the active roster that is eligible to participate in one or more consecutive rounds. After each round, these pitchers may be replaced on the Roster with another pitcher from that Federation’s Designated Pitcher Pool.
Coaching Staff
# Name Position
36 Edwin Rodriguez Manager
99 Carlos Baerga Hitting Coach
27 Ricky Bones Pitching Coach
22 Jose Valentin First Base Coach
6 Joe Espada Third Base Coach
25 Carlos Delgado Bench Coach
19 Juan Gonzalez Bullpen Coach
Jose Molina Bullpen Catcher

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