The CBPC will induct four players into its Hall of Fame on Thursday
MIAMI – This Thursday, February 8, the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation (CBPC) will celebrate its traditional induction “Day of the Immortals, Caribbean Series Hall of Fame, Class of 2024” as four former players, one from each member nation, will receive the bath of immortality.
This information was announced by the Commissioner of Caribbean Professional Baseball, Juan Francisco Puello Herrera, in a press release. “We will do this in celebration of the 66th edition of the Miami 2024 Caribbean Series and the 75th anniversary of the CBPC Foundation.
He stated that all the Presidents of the Winter Member Leagues, the Boards of Directors, as well as the invited countries, CONPEPROPA, members of the sports press covering the event and other close friends are invited.
The event will take place starting at 9:30 AM this Thursday at The Miami Woman's Club 1737 North Bayshore Drive 3rd Floor, Miami FL 33132. Organizers report that the event will begin at 10 PM sharp tomorrow.
Joining the Class of 2024
Francisco “Pancho Punches” Campos, Mexico
Mexican pitcher Francisco Campos, from Mexico, known in the baseball world as “Pancho Ponch”, has competed in 6 Caribbean Series and was a two-time champion with Tomatros de Culiacan in 2002 and with Venados de Mazatlán in 2005, the year he also pitched. He was chosen as the best player.
Specifically in the 2005 Mazatlán Caribbean Series, he joined the All Star team as a player, after winning two games and leading the innings, wins-loss average and batting average.
Jesús “Motorita” Feliciano, Puerto Rico
For his part, Puerto Rican Jesús “Motorita” Feliciano, a defense player known for his offensive and defensive qualities, has participated in 6 Caribbean Series, previously representing Gigantes de Carolina and Leones de Ponce, and on two occasions Indios de Mayagüez and Criollos de. Caguas, left a .349 attacking average, with 38 connected hits in 28 games.
In the 2010 Caribbean Series he was the leader in hits and average, while in 2012 he was co-leader in doubles. In both events, the Puerto Rican was a member of the All Star team as a midfielder.
Julian Tavarez, Dominican Republic
Meanwhile, Dominican shooter Julian Tavarez has participated in 8 Caribbean Series. He represented Águilas Cibaeñas 6 times and Tigres del Licey twice, becoming champion 5 times.
With Aguilas, he lifted the trophy in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2007, while he did so with Tigres del Lece in 1994. Julian Tavarez won five matches and with a historic record of 1.13, and was part of the All Star team in the series. Caribbean region in 1994 and 1998.
Cesar Tovar, from Venezuela
From Venezuela, Cesar Tovar, who died on 14 July 1994, stood out for his ability to combine attack and defence, both on the field and on the pitch. Among his four participations in the Caribbean Series, the one that stands out was in 1970 when he was part of the Navegantes del Magallanes team that won the first title for a Venezuelan team, coinciding with the beginning of the so-called second phase of the Caribbean Series, an event in which he also joined the All Star team as a player. center. He also represented Tigres de Aragua, Leones del Caracas and Águilas del Zulia.
Tovar, who was also part of the 1973 All-Star team as a right fielder, is showing a historic .305 average, with 25 hits, 13 runs scored, and 14 RBI in 20 games.