Caribbean Series moved from Venezuela to Panama
Less than a week before the start of baseball's Caribbean Series, political unrest in the scheduled host country of Venezuela has forced a move to Panama City, Panama, according to multiple reports. The Caribbean Series, which has been contested among the winter league champions from Cuba, Venezuela, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, was supposed to begin Saturday. It now will take place from Feb. 4-10 at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City.
Panama, which has not participated in the Caribbean Series since 1960, will now be included in the field. Cuba has been included as a special guest since 2014. Major League Baseball had strongly recommended that its personnel not travel to Venezuela for the tournament because of violent protests stemming from multiple claims to the presidency.
It marks the second consecutive year the Caribbean Series has been moved out of Venezuela. Last year the event was rescheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico. --Field Level Media