Santo Domingo. – Leocadio Francisco Batista (Tony) earned a niche in the Caribbean Series Hall of Fame in his class of 2022, announced the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation (CBPC) and the Organizing Committee of the upcoming Caribbean fair, by be held in Santo Domingo from January 28 to February 5.
Batista, who played all his Caribbean Series with the Águilas Cibaeñas, was announced as the second member of the generation of 2022 after being favored with the votes of a panel of sports communicators from the countries that make up the CBPC.
The exinfield harrier will join David ortiz, first baseman and designated hitter for the Leones del Escogido, who will also receive a place in the Olympus of the immortals of the so-called Caribbean Classic.The enthronement ceremony will take place next Saturday, February 2, as part of the celebration of Santo Domingo. 2022, fair in which the teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Panama, Colombia and the Dominican Republic will participate.
The CBPC reported that next Monday 29 of this time it will announce the names of two other enthroned Dominicans, one for legacy and the other for their contributions as a promoter to the Caribbean Series.
Batista exhausted a plethora of performance during seven Caribbean Series with the Águilas Cibaeñas and was champion in the Caribbean competitions of 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003 and 2007, five of the six crowns held by the Eagles.
He was also a coach in the sixth and most recent harrier title during this 2021 version in Mazatlán, Mexico.
In seven events, Batista shot in 42 games and averaged .239, the product of 39 hits in 163 at-bats, with seven homers, 43 RBIs (second for life) and 23 scored, the historical leader of the latter.
For the 1997 version, in his second participation in this event, Batista was named Most Valuable Player after helping the Águilas win the Caribbean title, the first of the franchise based in Santiago de los Caballeros.
That year, the Puerto Plata native tied the RBI mark in a Caribbean Series with 13 RBIs and finished with a .385 average after posting 10 hits in 26 at-bats, with two homers and an equal number of doubles.
In 2003, during the version of Carolina, Puerto Rico, Batista’s bat was felt by taking the lead in doubles with six double-merit hits and for the 2007 contest, also in Carolina, he led the hitters in home runs, with three, and in bases reached.
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Batista goes to the Caribbean Hall of Fame