Posts Tagged ‘Venezuelan Winter League’

Important Dates For Fall And Winter Baseball Leagues

Browsing MLB.com this afternoon, I found a page with some important dates for various Fall and Winter Leagues, so I thought I’d post them.

October 9 – Mexican Pacific League Opening Day
October 9 – Venezuelan Winter League Opening Day
October 13 – Arizona Fall League Opening Day
October 16 – Dominican Winter League Opening Day
November 7 – Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game
November 20 – Mexican Pacific League Second Half Begins
November 23 – Arizona Fall League Championship Game
December 13 – Dominican Winter League All-Star Game
December 21 – Dominican Winter League Regular Season Ends
December 30 – Mexican Pacific League Regular Season Ends
February 2 – Caribbean Series Begins
February 8 – Caribbean Series Ends

Right after Eric started Bus Leagues, he noted that a passionate fan could probably manage to follow minor league baseball all year long.  He’s right – if one reaches outside the United States and considers the entire Western Hemisphere, there’s always something going on.

I’ll do my best to provide some updates for all these leagues (there’s a young man making his debut soon in Arizona who I imagine we all have some interest in).  It will largely depend on what MiLB.com has available for box scores and recaps, but I’ll see what I can do.

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Viva Venezuela!

This is not officially minor-league baseball, but it probably fits the bus league mold. The video below shows Venezuelan fans supporting their team. Since quite a few major-league players come from Venezuela, it’s quite instructional to see the passion fans have for their local legends.

I lifted this video from a blog called Mop Up Duty, and the author seems to have some direct knowledge of the Venezuelan baseball scene. There are some great photos of the stadiums, a nice writeup of the league’s organization, and some mean-spirited jokes about Ugueth Urbina there, so I highly recommend it as a good read. I especially enjoy tidbits like this one:

Ballpark Fare

A Polar Ice (Venezuelan beer) with some arepas (balls of corn dough filled with meat or cheese – good grease) or fried plantain strips, parrilla (meat marinated and cooked on a charcoal grill)

[Mop Up Duty]

So, next time you find yourself in Caracas with nothing to do, hit the ballpark!