The Round Robin portion of the Dominican Winter Baseball League ended yesterday, and there was a tie for second. After the 4 team, 18 game round robin in which the top four teams in the LIDOM play each other 6 times, the Toros came out on top with a record of 12-6, so they are on to the finals. The Toros and their fans are preparing to host the championship series.
The Gigantes and the Estrellas ended up tied for second, both with a record of 9-9. It was a very exciting race, as both teams won on the final day of the round robin to set up a one game sudden death playoff, which takes place tonight in San Pedro de Macoris. The Gigantes feature Alexi Casilla (who just signed a new deal with the Twins), Wilson Betemit (Royals), and Wilson Valdez (Phillies, who is on fire and hit .400 in the round robin). The Estrellas feature pitcher Radhames Liz (former Oriole) and Nationals farmhand Alex Valdez. These are of course among many other players with MLB experience and minor leaguers.
The winner of the Gigantes versus Estrellas will take on the Toros in a 9 game final series. The winner of the LIDOM championship will go on to face the champion of the winter leagues in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela in the Caribbean Series. The Caribbean Series takes place in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico this year, from February 2-7, 2011.