Venezuelan Baseball from the 1970s – 2000s

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The 1970s was the first time Venezuelan teams were able to be successful outside of Venezuela since the the Navegantes del Magallanes own the championship series in the 1940s. Even though the league was experiencing success, they still faced many problems.

This issues include:

  • The 1973-1974 tournament was not permitted to take place due to a strike.
  • The Leones del Caracas and Tiburones de La Guaira were unable to overcome many issues regarding their teams and available baseball parks to play home games. This led to both teams moving to Acarigua and merging in1975-1976.
  • In the 1970s, Tigres de Aragua won the first championships in regards to the 1960s expansion teams.
  • The Leones del Caracas became the best team in the league by winning five tournaments in the 1980s
  • From 1979-1980 the Leones del Caracas also went on to win three championships in a row and won their first Caribbean Series in 1982.

The Tiburones de La Guaira also won 3 championships in the 1970s, followed by the Águilas del Zulia winning their first two championships in the 1980s.

The league expanded in from six to eight teams in 1991. The additional teams include Caribes de Oriente who are now known as Caribes de Anzoátegui; and the Petroleros de Cabimas who are now known as Pastora de los Llanos.

In the 2007-08 season, the Bravos de Margarita. The addition of these teams resulted in the collection of teams being divided in two divisions.The Eastern Division consisted of the Caracas, Magallanes, La Guaira and Oriente; and the Western Division included with the teams Zulia, Lara, Aragua and Cabimas.