Dozen of New Individual Records Highlight Historic 2008 Cuban Season

FILE3341.jpgThe just-completed 47th Cuban National Series was definitely “one for the record books” which saw better than 125 new individual and team records set. These included marks for both regular-season and playoff action, and also featured some of the most noteworthy achievements in Cuban baseball annals. Heading the list of new standards were the individual home run and RBI records set by National Series MVP Alexei Bell (pictured) of league champion Santiago. Also of top significance were the career mark for pitching victories established by Pinar’s Pedro Lazo, and the career playoff victories record rung up by Santiago’s Norge Vera. A summary of some of the top marks established in the various major record book categories are as follows:

National Series (Regular Season) Single Season Records:

Home Runs: Alexei Bell (Santiago de Cuba) 31

RBI: Alexei Bell (Santiago de Cuba) 111

Consecutive Pitching Victories: Yulieski Gonzalez (Habana) 15 (15-0)

National Series Lifetime Records:

Career Batting Average: Osmani Urrutia (Las Tunas) .368

Career Pitching Wins: Pedro Luis Lazo (Pinar del Rio) 237

Career Pitching Losses: Carlos Yanes (Isla de la Juventud) 223

Playoffs Lifetime Records:

Games Played: Rolando Merino (Santiago de Cuba) 146

Career Wins: Norge Vera (Santiago de Cuba) 31

Career Games Started: Ormari Romero (Santiago de Cuba) 44

Career Games Pitched: Pedro Luis Lazo (Pinar del Rio) 68

Playoff One-Season Records:

RBIs: Rolando Merino (Santiago de Cuba) 24

Hits: Rolando Merino (Santiago de Cuba) 28

Runs: Hector Olivera (Santiago de Cuba) 22

Special Career Records:

Most Seasons Managed: Carlos Marti (Granma) 25

Most Seasons Played: Carlos Yanes (Isla de la Juventud) 25

Most Hits in a Single Inning: Alexei Bell (Santiago) 3 (versus Villa Clara)

This listing of records was compiled by webmaster/columnist Yasel Porto at Havana’s Radio COCO baseball website. A complete listing of the 100-plus records set this season can be found on the Radio COCO site at


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