Tiburones de La Guaira

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Tiburones de La Guaira
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League Venezuelan Professional Baseball League
Location Macuto, La Guaira
Ballpark Estadio Jorge Luis García Carneiro
Estadio Universitario
Founded 1962
League championships8 (1964-65, 1965-66, 1968-69, 1970-71, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86, 2023–24)
Caribbean Series championships1 (2024)
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The Tiburones de La Guaira (English: La Guaira Sharks) are a baseball team in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP). Though they nominally represent La Guaira (playing at the Estadio Jorge Luis García Carneiro), they also play home games at the Estadio Universitario in nearby Caracas. [1] Tiburones have won eight national championships since their founding in 1962, most recently in 2024.

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History

In 1962 the Licoreros de Pampero team, which was founded in 1955, was sold for the symbolic price of one Bolívar by his owner Alejandro Hernández to José Antonio Casanova, who was considered the greatest Venezuelan manager at the time. The new team changed its name to Tiburones de la Guaira.

Casanova, who was also the first manager of the team, did not have enough financial resources to go through an entire season. He then talked to his friend, Dr. Jesús Morales Valarino, who suggested an alliance with an important group of personalities and traders such as Manuel Malpica, Jose Antonio Diaz, Mario Gomez y Pablo Diaz. In that moment Tiburones de la Guaira was born, taking the field for first time ever in the 1962–1963 season. It was Morales' idea to take the team to the city of La Guaira, in order to take advantage of a city with no team yet numerous baseball fans.

In their first season, the Tiburones finished with a 23–19 record, missing the finals disputed between the Leones del Caracas and Industriales de Valencia. The team struggled in 1963–1964, ending third with a 23–27 record, being locked out of contention. La Guaira club would have to wait until its third season to win the first league championship, in a five-game confrontation against the Leones.

La Guaira was managed by Casanova until that year, and had remarkable players such as MLB Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio and Rollie Fingers, and Ángel Bravo, José Herrera and Elio Chacón as top Venezuelan figures. Casanova's contract expired in 1965 and the board of directors decided to finish the work relationship buying all his stock. Then Pedro Padrón Panza, who was among the original founders, bought all the stock to become the single owner.

At the time, Padrón worked hard to settle an important base of players which was later known as "La Guerrilla", because –no matter the score of a game– they were a never-surrender bunch of players who gave all to the cause. Some notable names includes the likes of Ozzie Guillén, Carlos Martinez, Gustavo Polidor, Luis Salazar and Luis Mercedes Sánchez, among others.

Padrón suffered a long illness starting in the early 1990s, which affected the level of his beloved team as well. He died in 1999, aged 78, leaving the control of the franchise to his son, Pedro Padrón Briñez, also known as "Peruchito". Nevertheless, Padrón Jr. and his son died in the 1999 Vargas tragedy that killed tens of thousands of people.

Marked by the death of three generations –past, present and future– of the team, the Tiburones tried to repeat their glorious performances of the 1970s and 1980s in the 2000–2001 season under manager and former player Luis Salazar, almost clinching a playoff spot. Since then, the Tiburones has become a competitive force again in the Venezuela league, missing the final series by taking a loss in an extra game in the 2008–2009 season against the Tigres de Aragua, and reaching the final series in 2011–2012, which they end up losing again to Aragua in six games.

Tiburones won the title in 2023—24 over Cardenales de Lara. At the 2024 Caribbean Series, Tiburones pitcher Ángel Padrón threw a nine-inning no-hitter against Nicaragua's Gigantes de Rivas, the first no-hitter in the tournament since 1952 (which was thrown against Venezuela).

Championship titles/Managers

Caribbean Series records

YearWLW/L %GBFinishNotes
1971 24  .333  42nd placeTriple tie
1983 42  .667  12nd place
1985 24  .333  33rd placeTied
1986 33  .500  12nd placeTied
2024 71  .875  11st place

Team highlights

LVBP regular season leaders

Hitting

Batting average

SeasonPlayerTotal
1966–1967 Tony Curry .309
1973–1974     Al Bumbry  .367
1974–1975     Al Bumbry  .354
1988–1989 Carlos Martínez   .331
1991–1992   Chad Curtis  .338
2011–2012  César Suárez  .349
2013–2014  Alex Cabrera  .391

Home runs

SeasonPlayerTotal
1977–1978 Clint Hurdle 18
1982–1983 Darryl Strawberry   12
1995–1996  Carlos Martínez    7
2002–2003   Rob Stratton   10
2008–2009   Max Ramírez   15
2013–2014   Alex Cabrera   21

Runs batted in

SeasonPlayerTotal
1962–1963 Dave Roberts 34
1965–1966  John Bateman   38
1981–1982   Gary Rajsich   48
1991–1992   Chad Curtis   37
1995–1996  Carlos Martínez    39
2000–2001   Chris Jones   48
2013–2014   Alex Cabrera   59

Pitching

Wins

SeasonPlayerTotal
1964–1965 Darold Knowles *13
1965–1966  Marcelino López   12
1966–1967  Gene Brabender **  13
1967–1968  Eddie Watt ***  12
1972–1973  Jim Rooker   13
1974–1975  Tom House   10
1979–1980  Odell Jones   11
2002–2003  Bill Pulsipher    6

   * Tied with Lew Krausse Jr. (Caracas)
  ** Tied with Jim McGlothlin (Valencia)
 *** Tied with Diego Seguí (Caracas)

Earned run average

SeasonPlayerTotal
1962–1963 Dale Willis      2.03
1964–1965 Darold Knowles  2.37
1965–1966 Marcelino López  1.57
1969–1970 Mike Hedlund  0.75
1976–1977 Steve Luebber  2.59

Strikeouts

SeasonPlayerTotal
1962–1963 George Brunet 89
1964–1965  Darold Knowles 155
1966–1967  Gene Brabender 147
1974–1975  Doug Bird   82
1979–1980  Odell Jones 103
1985–1986  Odell Jones   70
1998–1999  Lou Pote   67

Current roster

Tiburones de La Guaira 2023–24 Roster
PlayersCoaches

Pitchers

  • 98 Flag of Venezuela.svg Elvis Araujo
  • 44 Flag of Venezuela.svg Anthony Castro
  • 38 Flag of Venezuela.svg Will Changaroty
  • 83 Flag of Brazil.svg Tiago Da Silva
  • 25 Flag of Venezuela.svg Junior Guerra
  • 62 Flag of Venezuela.svg Emilker Guzman
  • 67 Flag of Venezuela.svg Arnaldo Hernández
  • 85 Flag of Venezuela.svg Eudis Idrogo
  • 12 Flag of Venezuela.svg Luis Madero
  • 66 Flag of Venezuela.svg Ángel Padrón
  • 58 Flag of Venezuela.svg Eduardo Paredes
  • 17 Flag of the United States.svg Miguel Peña
  • 46 Flag of Venezuela.svg Ricardo Pinto
  • 49 Flag of Venezuela.svg Jesus Pirela
  • 70 Flag of Venezuela.svg Pedro Rodríguez
  • 68 Flag of Venezuela.svg Karlo Seijas
  • 79 Flag of Venezuela.svg Carlos Suniaga
  • 71 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Jojanse Torres

updated on 16 January 2024

Catchers

  • 37 Flag of Venezuela.svg Francisco Arcia
  • 35 Flag of Venezuela.svg José Briceño
  • 20 Flag of Venezuela.svg Sebastián Rivero
  • 96 Flag of Venezuela.svg Luis Torrens

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

  • -- Flag of Venezuela.svg Carlos Zambrano(Pitching)
  • -- Flag of Venezuela.svg Enrique González(Bullpen)
  • -- Flag of Venezuela.svg Endy Chávez(First Base)
  • -- Flag of Venezuela.svg Ender Chávez(Hitting)
  • -- Flag of Venezuela.svg David Davalillo Sr(Bench)
  • -- Flag of Venezuela.svg Emilio Linares(Third Base)

(Coaching staff for 2023–24 season)

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Major League alumni

All-time foreign players

Sources: PuraPelota.com

Retired numbers

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References

  1. https://meridiano.net/beisbol/beisbol-venezolano/donde-se-juega-la-lvbp-2023-2024-sedes-ciudades-y-estadios-2023102022170/amp
  2. "LVBP.com :: Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional". www.lvbp.com.