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Tiempo Caliente en La Habana!

Havana Leones

Havana Leones

by "Che"
Legends League correspondent
El Habanero

Team Batting Average = .333

Alejandro OmsYankee Imperialism can't touch this! La Gran Fiesta de la Béisbol! El Habaneros are smacking that horsehide pelota to all parts of the diamond, and out of the park as well. After 12 intensely fought contests the Boys from Havana lead both leagues in team batting average, as their .333 mark is fully 32 points higher than their closest competitor (Newark), and 51 points higher than any other club in the same league (NY Mets). The batting average for the entire Legends League is .258 -- a mark that every Havana starter has topped, including the pitchers whose congregate batting average stands at .276!

Alejandro Oms and Cristobal Torriente lead the charge down San Juan Hill. Oms leads the league with a .472 average, 25 Hits, 16 RBI and 42 Total Bases. Torriente is 5th in the league in average (.400), second in Hits (22), RBI (15) and total Bases (37). Before the northern pundits attempt to decry or otherwise downplay these revolutionary accomplishments, let us make note that also in this league are such great batting personages as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Sadaharu Oh and Hank Aaron.

But Oms and Torriente are not alone. Third on the team in Batting Average, Hits, RBI and Total Bases is El Inmortal, Martin Dihigo (.380, 22, 10, 31). He is followed by his double-play partner, Perucho Cepeda, at .357, making them the hottest combo around the keystone korner. Speaking of hot, there's Tony Perez at third base hitting .340, Roberto Clemente in right field at .313, and Jos
é Fernandez catching at .303. The lone starter under .300 is first baseman Rod Carew, and we all know he won't remain there for long.

Before we turn to pitching it should be noted that a trade to bring Tony Oliva to Havana was successful, and this great Cuban player will now showcase his incredible talents for his hometown fanaticos.

The pitching, you say, what of the pitching? Can any team led by The Maximum Leader be devoid of pitching? No!

As a team, Havana is 5th in the league in ERA at 4.14. The league average stands at 4.59. While the pen cannot brag as much as the dugout does, and The Maximum Leader readily admits there is room for improvement -- there are also bright spots in the pitching stats. José Mesa has appeared in 4 games as the team's closer, saving 3 and putting up a perfect 0.00 ERA. Complete Games have been tossed by Luis Tiant the Younger (1-0, 2.70) and José
Muñoz (0-2, 4.05), while Venezuelan great Wilson Alvarez leads the club with a 2-0, 2.31 mark. All this with El Professor, Ramon Bragaña, out since the pre-season.

The team has to work on its fielding a bit more, coming in 8th in the League with a .977 mark, when the league average is .980. However, Tony Perez leads all third basemen (tied), and Roberto Clemente all right fielders
(tied) -- both with a perfect 1.000 mark. Torriente leads in Outfield Assists (tied with Montreal's Reggie Jackson at 3).

Where it counts, the team is at 7-5 and in second place behind the streaking Cincinnati Reds. We will revisit Havana in another dozen games and see if we can overtake the great Reds team.


Havana Leones Batting
Regular season -- as of 4/16/2004

Name P AVG OBP SPC G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI BB K HBP IW SB CS
Bustamente ss .500 .500 .500 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oms* rf .472 .509 .792 12 53 25 5 0 4 16 16 3 6 1 0 1 0
Torriente* of .400 .411 .673 12 55 22 1 1 4 8 15 1 7 0 0 2 1
Dihigo 2b .380 .448 .620 12 50 19 2 2 2 8 10 7 9 0 0 3 0
Cepeda,P ss .357 .404 .571 11 42 15 2 2 1 6 8 2 13 2 0 0 0
Perez,T 1b .340 .404 .532 12 47 16 6 0 1 4 7 5 11 0 0 0 0
Clemente rf .313 .353 .333 12 48 15 1 0 0 6 4 3 10 0 0 1 0
Fernandez, J c .303 .333 .394 10 33 10 3 0 0 7 4 2 3 0 1 0 0
Vargas cf .273 .273 .273 9 11 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Carew* 1b .264 .350 .377 12 53 14 3 0 1 11 5 7 3 0 0 2 0
Coimbre of .200 .200 .200 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Salazar* of .143 .250 .143 7 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0
Pena,T c .125 .125 .125 5 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Lopez,J c .000 .000 .000 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oliva* rf .000 .000 .000 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Garcia,S ss .000 .000 .000 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pitchers .276 .276 .379 12 29 8 3 0 0 6 3 0 11 0 0 1 0
Total .333 .377 .498 12 454 151 26 5 13 75 73 31 82 3 1 10 1

Havana Leones Pitching
Regular season -- as of 4/16/2004

Name ERA W L S G GS CG SHO INN H R ER BB K HR GDP BF
Mesa 0.00 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 4.2 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 18
Pizarro* 1.50 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 6.0 3 1 1 4 4 0 0 24
Arano 1.50 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 6.0 5 1 1 1 3 0 0 23
Alvarez* 2.31 2 0 0 6 0 0 0 11.2 11 3 3 8 8 0 0 55
Tiant 2.70 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 16.2 16 9 5 5 7 1 2 68
Pena,A 3.18 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 5.2 3 2 2 5 2 1 2 23
Mendez 3.18 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 17.0 14 6 6 1 13 3 1 62
Muñoz 4.05 0 2 0 2 2 1 0 13.1 13 6 6 3 8 1 0 54
Salazar* 4.82 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 9.1 9 6 5 4 7 1 0 43
Luque 4.91 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 11.0 13 10 6 7 3 2 1 54
Pascual 10.38 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 4.1 5 5 5 5 4 1 0 24
Soto 18.56 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 5.1 13 13 11 3 5 3 0 31
Total 4.14 7 5 3 12 12 2 0 111.0 106 62 51 48 68 13 6 479

Havana Leones Fielding
Regular season -- as of 4/16/2004

Name G GS INN PO A E DP TC PCT PB SB CS SB% PK
Luis Tiant 2 2 16.7 0 4 1 1 5 .800 1 1 .500 0
Wilson Alvarez 6 0 11.7 1 3 0 0 4 1.000 1 1 .500 0
José Mendez 2 2 17.0 1 3 0 0 4 1.000 1 3 .250 0
José Muñoz 2 2 13.3 1 2 0 0 3 1.000 2 0 1.000 1
Lazaro Salazar 3 0 9.3 1 2 0 0 3 1.000 0 0 .000 0
Camilo Pascual 2 2 4.3 0 1 0 0 1 1.000 1 0 1.000 0
Alejandro Pena 5 0 5.7 0 1 0 0 1 1.000 0 0 .000 0
Mario Soto 2 2 5.3 0 1 0 0 1 1.000 0 0 .000 0
Dolf Luque 2 2 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 3 1 .750 0
Jose Mesa 4 0 4.7 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0
Juan Pizarro 5 0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 .000 0
Ramon Arano 3 0 6.0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0
Total 38 12 111.0 4 17 1 1 22 .955 9 7 .563 1

José Fernandez 10 9 80.0 60 7 1 0 68 .985 0 5 5 .500 0
Tony Pena 5 3 28.0 15 3 0 0 18 1.000 0 4 2 .667 0
Javy Lopez 2 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 1 1.000 0 0 0 .000 0
Total 17 12 111.0 76 10 1 0 87 .989 0 9 7 .563 0

Rod Carew 12 12 111.0 108 6 2 8 116 .983
Total 12 12 111.0 108 6 2 8 116 .983

Martin Dihigo 12 12 107.0 26 39 2 6 67 .970
Luis Bustamente 1 0 3.0 0 1 1 1 2 .500
Tetelo Vargas 1 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 1.000
Total 14 12 111.0 27 40 3 7 70 .957

Tony Perez 12 12 110.0 13 26 0 2 39 1.000
Tetelo Vargas 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 13 12 111.0 13 26 0 2 39 1.000

Perucho Cepeda 11 11 96.0 16 24 3 1 43 .930
Silvio Garcia 1 1 11.0 1 3 0 1 4 1.000
Tetelo Vargas 1 0 4.0 0 1 0 0 1 1.000
Total 13 12 111.0 17 28 3 2 48 .938

Cristobal Torriente 12 12 109.0 20 3 1 1 24 .958
Lazaro Salazar 1 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 1.000
Total 13 12 111.0 21 3 1 1 25 .960

Ajejandro Oms 12 12 107.0 35 1 0 0 36 1.000
Tetelo Vargas 1 0 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 1.000
Pancho Coimbre 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 14 12 111.0 37 1 0 0 38 1.000

Roberto Clemente 12 11 102.0 28 0 0 0 28 1.000
Tony Oliva 1 1 7.0 2 0 0 0 2 1.000
Tetelo Vargas 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Total 14 12 111.0 30 0 0 0 30 1.000

Total 12 12 111.0 333 131 11 8 475 .977 0


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