Former Total Baseball Player is heading to the Caribbean World Series
Total Sports would like to congratulate former Total Baseball and Northville Broncos travel baseball participant, Eric Niesen and his team Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional (LVBP)) on winning the league championship. The victory propels them into the Caribbean World Series!
Created in December of 1945, LVBP is the highest level of baseball in Venezuela and consists of eight teams in a single division. From October – December, teams play a 63 game per team round robin. The top five teams then go on to a 16 game per team round robin in January, this phase is the semifinal phase of the season with the top two teams then competing in the league championship. The Venezuelan league champion then moves on to the Caribbean World Series to face the champions of the baseball leagues of the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Niesen’s team, originally named the Caribes de Oriente, debuted in the 1991-92 season despite being founded in 1987. Throughout their history, the Caribes has won one title (2010-11) in three final appearances. In 2013, former Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, and Caribes de Anzoátegui player Magglio Ordoñez became part-owner. In addition to Ordoñez, other notable Major League Baseball players have done stints with the Caribes including current Detroit Tiger Victor Martinez.
Pictured: Eric Niesen and Magglio Ordoñez following their league championship victory.