Chiriqui Federales repeat as Panama Pro Baseball League champions

Chiriqui Federales repeat as Panama Pro Baseball League champions
29/01/2024
They swept back-to-back series. MLB everyday players Christian Betancourt and Ivan Herrera starred during the finals.

Chiriqui Federales defeated Aguilas Metropolitanas in the final series of the Panama Professional Baseball League (PROBEIS). They repeated as champions, sweeping back-to-back final series.

Final Series Results

Federales-Aguilas 5-3
Federales-Aguilas 18-4
Federales-Aguilas 8-3

Federales manager José Mayorga expressed "pride" for his team's accomplishment.

"We are a great group, with good chemistry," he said after the rubber game. "We enjoyed a great season. We led the league from the start, but of course the most important thing is how we finished."

Jean Arnaez, a 20-year-old prospect in the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB) organization, earned the season's MVP honours. He contributed with a home run in Game Three.

Christian Betancourt, who played 103 MLB games at catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2023 season, contributed with five home runs.

"This is not an individual sport, it's a team sport," he told the local press after Game Three. "I couldn't have won it on my own."

Ivan Herrera of the MLB's St. Louis Cardinals also helped the Federales.

"Winning back-to-back titles makes me feel well," commented Herrera. "We knew we had a great team. We got together as a team, and I believe the chemistry made a difference in the final series."