Caribbean Baseball Cup will open 26 June

Caribbean Baseball Cup will open 26 June
14/05/2021
The tournament, originally scheduled for April, had already been postponed to May. Chile, Haiti and Puerto Rico decided to withdraw.

The Caribbean Baseball Federation (COCABE, Confederacion del Caribe de Beisbol), a branch of WBSC Americas, has rescheduled the Caribbean Baseball Cup, with the international competition now set to take place from 26 June to 3 July in Curaçao.

"We are committed to having an event that safeguards the physical integrity of each member of the participating delegations and all who make up the organizing committee of this cup, in addition to respecting the health standards of the host nation," stated COCABE.

The tournament was originally scheduled from 16 to 24 April and was postponed to May after a surge in COVID-19 cases forced restrictions in Curaçao.

The Caribbean Baseball Cup will be played with a new format, with the participating national teams split into Elite (Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama and Curaçao) and Development (US Virgin Islands, Chile, Peru, Haiti) groups.

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The confirmed participants are Cuba, the two-time defending champions Dominican Republic, the hosts Curaçao, Panama, the US Virgin Islands and Peru. Chile, Haiti and Puerto Rico have confirmed their withdrawal.

Cuba has already announced that Pablo Civil, who starred as an outfielder for Las Tunas in Cuba's National League from 1987 to 1999, will manage its squad.