Las Tunas, Cuba.- The distance of four months from the end of the season of the main national pastime did not diminish the emotion of feeling the affection of the people, said Pablo Civil, manager of the current champions of the Cuban baseball, who also received the Aniversario 60 Seal of the National Association of Small Farmers (ANAP).
Members of the Leñadores roster, who achieved for the first time the title of the national classic last January, monopolized the awards for their individual offensive or defensive performance that earned them the leadership in several departments. Jorge Enrique Alomá, Yunieski Larduet, Dariel Góngora and Yadián Martínez took several awards to their showcases.
The slugger from Artemisa, besides being rewarded as the most valuable player (MVP) of the championship, was also leader of the hitters and best offensive shortstop. The speedy outfielder from Las Tunas won the trophies of leader in scored runs and stolen bases. On the other hand, the Camagüey's pitcher crowned an excellent season winning the laurels to the best left-handed pitcher and the most winning; while the right-hander from Mayabeque did the same with primacies in average winning and innings pitched.
Other champions of the Balcón de Oriente took the stage to receive their prizes: team captain Yosvani Alarcón, best catcher at bat; Jorge Yhonson, the most valuable player (MVP) of the postseason and Pablo Civil for having been chosen as the best manager.
Among the rest of the winners highlighted Carlos Benítez, from Granma, and Edilse Silva, from Santiago de Cuba, being the best integrally in their respective positions; while Orlando Acebey (SSP) received rewards for being the leader in hits and the best offensive third baseman.
César Prieto (CFG), rookie of the year, Alaín Sánchez (VCL), best right-hander, Yulexis La Rosa (VCL), best defensive catcher, Yunier Vizcaíno (VCL), leader in RBIs and Andy Zamora (VCL), among the best defensive outfielders, were also awarded. Without forgetting others like William Saavedra (PRI), best first baseman in defense, and Stayler Hernandez (IND), leader in home runs and all-star to the offensive as outfielder.
The evening, which was presided over by Osvaldo Vento, president of the Cuban Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (Inder); Ariel Santana, first secretary of the Cuban –Communist Party in the province; Jaime Chiang, president of the Provincial Assembly of the People's Power and Yosvani Aragón, national baseball director; was also attended by several baseball glories such as Osmany and Ermidelio Urrutia, Norge Luis Vera, Agustín Lescaye and Orelvis Ávila.
After reiterating the commendation to the first three places of the 58 Series: Las Tunas, Villa Clara and Sancti Spíritus, the organizers distinguished the best provinces taking into account the results in all categories: Granma, Pinar del Río and Santiago de Cuba.