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01/18/2006 Archived Entry: "Latin American news: 2005-06 Venezuelan Winter League results"

Latin American news: 2005-06 Venezuelan Winter League results, by Gene Newman

The Venezuela Winter League of 2005 is history, and the Leones team won the playoffs with a 4-1 record, followed by Tigres and Magallanes at 3-2, Caribes at 1-3 and Cardenales at 1-4.

In the regular season, Tigres finished first in the West Division with a 38-24 record and an 11-game lead over Cardenales. In the East Division it was Magallanes on top with a 38-23 record over Leones at 35-27, 3.5 games behind.

Batting leaders were Liu Rodriguez, Aguillas’ 2nd baseman, at 381; followed by the Magallanes center fielder Endy Chavez at .361.

Home run title winner was a tie at 17 between Tom Evans (Cardenales) and Yurendell De Caster (Caribes). Evans also was the RBI leader with 52, followed by De Caster at 47.

Stolen Base leader was a 3-way tie at 11 between Jonathan Herrera (Caribes), Terry Owens (Tiburones) and De Caster.

Willie Eyre was the runaway pitching leader with a 9-0-1.26 record. The Saves title went to Francisco Butto (Tigres) with 14.

Another runaway winner was strikeout king Harold Eckert, with 94 Ks in 74 innings pitched.

Meanwhile, over in La Liga Paralela, the Parallel League, Caracas won the pennant with a 43-14 record, followed by Magallanes (37-20), New York Mets (36-21), Navegantes (33-23), Tigres de Aragua (29-26), Philadelphia (28-29), Houston Astros (26-31), San Luis (24-30), Leones (23-33), Pastora (21-33), Boston Red Sox (22-35), and La Guaira (14-41).

Fidel Hernandez (NY Mets) won the batting title with a .423 average on 83 hits in 196 ABs.

Cesar Quintero was the runs scored leader with 49. Hernandez had the most doubles(21); Hernan Armas (Houston) led in doubles (13); Luis Blanco (Cardenales) had the most triples (4) and the most home runs (13). Jonel Pacheco was the steals leader with 17 in 21 attempts.

The runaway pitching leader was the Mets’ Edgar Alfonzo with a 6-1-1.76 record. In 46 IP, he issued only nine walks against 31 Ks.

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