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Titanes del Caribe Promoter Says 2024 Games in NY Possible

 Leif Skodnick  |    May 8th, 2024 5:17pm EDT

The Aguilas Cibaenas celebrate a three-game sweep of the Tigres del Licey in the 2023 Titanes del Caribe series at Citi Field in New York. (Photo: Associated Press)

Felix Cabrera, the promoter who launched the Titanes del Caribe exhibition series at New York’s Citi Field, told a radio show in the Dominican Republic that the series could have games at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium in 2024.

Speaking to the hosts of “Grandes en los Deportes,” a radio show on Escandolo 102.5FM in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Cabrera told the show that the games are planned for Nov. 8-10, 2024, with teams yet to be determined.

In the inaugural Titanes del Caribe series, the Tigres del Licey faced the Aguilas Cibaenas in three exhibition games at Citi Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s New York Mets, in November 2023. The two teams, which play in LIDOM, the Dominican Republic’s winter professional baseball league, are widely popular in the Dominican Republic and in New York, which has a sizable Dominican community. He noted that last year’s event cost $6-7 million.

Cabrera said on the show that if the Tigres and Aguilas or LIDOM don’t want to participate in the series, he would seek teams from other leagues to play in it. Along with the Dominican Republic, leagues in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Venezuela make up the membership of the Confederacion de Beisbol Profesional del Caribe, which runs the annual Caribbean Series. Colombia, Nicaragua, Panama, and Curacao also have professional baseball leagues that play in the winter, as does Cuba’s Elite League.

However, a reprise of the series in New York this November is not guaranteed.

Asked about the progress of the negotiations, Cabrera told the show that his group had “sent a proposal for the series three or four months ago, and [officials with the teams in New York] haven’t responded to us.”

The inaugural Titanes del Caribe series drew 90,900 fans to Citi Field, and the rubber game of the series, which the Aguilas Cibaenas swept, drew 32,536 to the ballpark on a chilly Sunday afternoon in November.