Panama will make its debut against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday in the second round of the Caribbean Series that takes place at the Rod Carew Stadium in the Panamanian capital.
The Panamanians will go to the diamond of Rod Carew to face the Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Republic, after the teams of Cuba and Mexico are measured in the first game of the second date.
The team from Panama, led by Panamanian former player Manuel Rodríguez, is located in group B of the championship along with the Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Republic and Cangrejeros de Santurce de Puerto Rico.
Panama is represented by Toros de Herrera, the champion of the Professional Baseball League of Panama (Probeis), and reinforced with players from Nicaragua, Colombia and Panama.
Manuel Corpas, who played in the Rockies of Colorado; Enrique Burgos, had his way through the Arizona Diamondbacks; Severino González, who climbed the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies; Javier Guerra and Allen Córdoba, both with the San Diego Padres, are part of the Panamanian team.
Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican Republic debuted in the tournament on Monday with a convincing 3-1 over Puerto Rico, represented by the Cangrejeros de Santurce, veterans with five titles and defenders of the double championship.
At the second hour, in their debut, Leñadores de Las Tunas, from Cuba, will face Charros de Jalisco, Mexico, who also participate for the first time in this high level regional tournament.
Leñadores de Las Tunas arrived reinforced with outstanding players of the National Series, plus three players hired in the professional ball of Japan, among them the star Alfredo Despaigne.
Cuba is expected to open in the plate with Yosvani Alarcón; Yordanis Samón, Alexander Ayala and Yurisbel Gracial will defend the initial, the shortstop and the third base, respectively.
While in the gardens will be planted Yunieski Larduet and Jorge Jhonson, along with Despaigne.
Panama hosts, after 59 years, the 61 Series of the Caribbean, tournament of professional baseball champions of Puerto Rico, Mexico Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Panama and Cuba, the latter two as guests.
The Dominican Republic has won most series (19), followed by Puerto Rico (16), Mexico (9), Cuba (8), Venezuela (7) and Panama (1).