During a press conference on Monday, the Confederation of Professional Baseball of the Caribbean (CBPC) announced that the new venue for the Caribbean Series 2019 will now be the Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City and will be held from February 4 to 9.
According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN, in addition to the representatives of the 5 countries affiliated to the Caribbean Confederation (Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba), Panama will have a representative in the Caribbean Classic, this being the first time since 1960 that the canaleros participate in the joust.
The president of the CBPC has said the following to Enrique Rojas:
After great efforts, we will mount the Caribbean Series of 2019 in Panama City. All the countries of the confederation and Panama will play. It was a traumatic event to find an alternate site, but thank God the work paid off. We have learned a lesson: We have more seats than we previously considered.
The Caribbean Series will have this year with the participation of the Eastern Stars of the Dominican Republic, the Cardinals of Lara of Venezuela, the Cangrejeros de Santurce of Puerto Rico, the Woodcutters of the Tunas of Cuba, the Bulls of Herrera of Panama and the winner between the Yaquis of Ciudad Obregón and the Charros de Jalisco in Mexico
Bienvenida Panamá ���� a la Serie del Caribe y gracias por dar la bienvenida a los equipos de la Confederación. La situación en Venezuela abre las puertas a una futura expansión. Que no se quede solo en plaza de emergencia. Felicidades. https://t.co/pWYlZ83IeZ— LuisAlfredoAlvarez (@LuisAlvarez_1) January 28, 2019
The Caribbean Classic was scheduled to be held in Barquisimeto, Venezuela from February 2 to 9, but the CBPC decided to change its location due to the political situation in the country.
Although Panama has been the scene of the World Baseball Classic qualifying rounds, this will be the first time that the Isthmians have organized the Caribbean Series since 1960.