|Lobos de Arecibo|
|Location||Arecibo, Puerto Rico|
|Ballpark||Estadio Luis Rodríguez Olmo|
|League championships||1983, 1996|
|Caribbean World Series championships||1983|
Lobos de Arecibo (English: Wolves) are a professional baseball team in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League, based in Arecibo. The Lobos won the 1983 national baseball championship and the 1983 Caribbean World Series, the only time the franchise won both titles.
Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objective of the offensive team is to hit the ball into the field of play, allowing it to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.
Arecibo is a municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico (U.S.), on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, located north of Utuado and Ciales; east of Hatillo; and west of Barceloneta and Florida. It is about 50 miles (80 km) west of San Juan, the capital city. Arecibo is the largest municipality in Puerto Rico by area, and is part of the San Juan, Caguas and Guaynabo Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is spread over 18 wards and Arecibo Pueblo. Its population in 2010 was 96,440.
The franchise first appeared in the 1960-61 season, managed by former major leaguer Luis Rodriguez Olmo.
The ‘Lobos’ could not participate in the 1981-82 season, and requested a recess. Their players were allowed to be drafted by the other teams, on the condition that they would be returned to Arecibo if the ‘Lobos’ were to play the following season.
The team filed for returning to play the following season (1982–83), which required a vote from the other team owners. Jose ‘Chiro’ Cangiano, then the owner of the Leones de Ponce, led a movement to block Arecibo from returning, since he would benefit from former Lobos players, such as pitcher Edwin Nuñez, who had a stellar season playing with Ponce. On the day of the voting, Cangiano could not arrive to San Juan in time for the meeting. His representative, who had not received instructions on how to vote, voted in favor of Arecibo returning, and thus the Lobos were back on the league. Nuñez was later traded to the Leones. That same season, the Lobos defeated the Leones in the final, 4 games to 3, to capture their first title. They also captured the Caribbean Series title in Venezuela.
The Lobos won the national baseball championship again in 1996, a team that included New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams, and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Mike Matheny; but finished second in the Caribbean Series, which was won in Mexico by the Tomateros de Culiacán.
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After six years without the team, Arecibo saw the return of the Lobos in 2005. The team had spent that time in various cities, under names like the San Juan Senators and even one year with the historic moniker of the Cangrejeros de Santurce. But for the 2005-2006 season, the team was acquired by a sports-loving local doctor who, with his fellow townsfolk in mind, returned the team to its rightful place[ citation needed ].
Facing only 28 days in which to prepare the Luis Rodriguez Olmo stadium for play after six years of neglect, the citizens of Arecibo, together with state and local officials, performed what has been known as the "Milagro Lobo" or the miracle of the wolf, returning its infrastructure to more than acceptable conditions in such a short period of time.
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