Prior Caribbean Cup Champions
2018: Dominican Republic
2019: Dominican Republic
2020: No Tournament Held (Covid-19)
The 2022 Caribbean Cup will be held in the Bahamas December 4-11 at Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium, the national baseball stadium of the Bahamas. This is the first time the Bahamas national team will play in the Caribbean Cup for the World Baseball Softball Confederation Americas sector and a berth on the line for the 2023 Caribbean and Central American Games in El Salvador.
The other four participating countries for the 2022 Caribbean Cup will be Cuba, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the defending 2021 Caribbean Cup Champion Curacao.
Cuba will look to hold their place in the WBSC-COPABE (Confederation Pan-American Baseball) in the Caribbean Cup, having already qualified for the Central American and Caribbean Games.
The higher ranking national teams in the WBSC Americas Region Sector, aside from the United States and Canada, will attend the 2023 Caribbean and Central American Games in El Salvador.
Puerto Rico will have former MLB great Juan Gonzalez as manager during the tournament and will carry a roster of players playing in their country’s AA League.
With manager Armando Johnson, Cuba will have most of their players listed from the Serie Nacional. Johnson was also a candidate listed by the Cuba Federation to manage the team at the upcoming World Baseball Classic in March. Cuba will begin WBC play in Taichung, Taiwan, for the pool play round against the Netherlands, Panama, Italy, and Chinese Taipei.
Defending Caribbean Cup Champion Curacao will be managed by Los Angeles Angels Infield Coordinator Hainley Statia. Curacao will have players listed on their roster from the AA league playing there from last summer. Most of the current players on Curacao’s active roster could be assigned to be posted during the MLB international signing period for next year or have a chance to play in their AAA league when their new international calendar schedule launches after the Caribbean Series in Caracas, Venezuela. All the listed affiliate level leagues in Curacao could also open doors for players to play over in the Netherlands Hoofdklasse Federation League during the upcoming spring season.
The U.S. Virgin Islands are appearing in their fourth consecutive Caribbean Cup. Kwodwo Brannigan will be the manager for the U.S. Virgin Islands, with most of the roster comprised of players who just graduated or are currently playing in U.S. colleges, in overseas leagues in Europe, or were possibly playing in lower affiliates of major league organizations before being released.
The Bahamas National Team will have a deep coaching staff that is built with Minor League experience. Manager Geron Sands will lead the way for the host country, and the Bahamas will have players from major league organizations from affiliate ball and also that played college baseball in the United States. Bahamian players to watch include outfielder D’Shawn Knowles (Los Angeles Angels), pitcher Evan Sweeting (San Diego Padres), and infielder Keithron Moss (Texas Rangers). The Bahamas team could make some noise, being the host country with a home-field advantage and a lot to prove on the international stage.
The site of the tournament, the Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium in Nassau, is named after former major league player Andre Rodgers. Rodgers was a corner infielder and played shortstop during his major league career who played more games in the majors than any Bahamian player. He played with the New York/San Francisco Giants from 1957-60, the Chicago Cubs from 1961-64, and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1965-67.