In a few days, the Caribbean Series will raise its curtain in 2024 for its 66th edition. Miami’s LoanDepot Park will host the champion teams of the Caribbean leagues. Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico y Mexico; plus the representatives of Curacao, Panama y Nicaragua as guests.
Precisely, The Curacao cast has its premiere in the Caribbean tournament with the participation of the Royal Scorpions, who won the 2023 championship of the Curaçao National Championship AA League.
For this first appearance in the Caribbean Series, the team led by manager Hainley Statia will add some reinforcements to its roster, two of which will stand out from the rest after participating in 2023-2024 season of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League (LVBP) with Cardenales de Lara.
The first of them is the receiver Hendrick Clementina. Throughout the campaign, the native of Curacao had interesting competition behind the plate with Carlos Narváez and Yojhan Quevedo, although in decisive situations he was a valuable bat for manager Henry Blanco.
During the Regular Round he hit a .283 average, with 13 hits in 46 plate appearances, three doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored and eight RBIs in 14 games. Then, in the Round Robin he had just four hits (three doubles) with one RBI in four games. For the final he did not consume any at-bats.
For his part, the reliever Franklin Van Gurp He will be in charge of strengthening the bullpen. The Curacao native didn’t see as much action as expected, but he delivered every time he was called upon to take the mound.
In the regular season he left a 1-0 record after six appearances, with a 2.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, three runs allowed, six walks and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Although he did not participate in the Round Robin, for the final He was relieved in the second game and allowed three runs.