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5th Annual Caribbean Classic Dates

June 10-17 2018

2018 Tournament Update 1/17/18
We are pleased to have CJ Beatty as part of the Cepeda Caribbean Classic staff for 2018. CJ Beatty was a talented ball player and is an exceptional Motivational Speaker. CJ will be one our pro staff members on the field and will also host nighttime activities, like his world renowned motivational speeches and the TBM Baseball workshop.

Cepeda Baseball has also added a pro-style workout day (6/11) for all of our US players. Each player will test their velocity at the offense and defense stations, run a timed 60, and for our guys behind the plate, we'll measure catcher's pop time.

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Orlando Cepeda

image2Orlando Cepeda, (Orlando Manuel Cepeda Pennes) nicknamed “Baby Bull” and “Cha-Cha”, (born Sept. 17, 1937, Ponce, P.R.), was a Puerto Rican professional baseball player who became one of the first new stars to emerge when major league baseball arrived on the U.S. West Coast in 1958.

Cepeda grew up surrounded by baseball: his father, Pedro (“Perucho”) Cepeda, was a power-hitting shortstop who was known as the “Babe Ruth of Puerto Rico.” In 1958 Orlando Cepeda debuted with the San Francisco Giants and was a unanimous selection as the National League (NL) Rookie of the Year. The seven-time All-Star first baseman played for eight seasons with San Francisco, three with the St. Louis Cardinals, and three with the Atlanta Braves before ending his career with brief stints with Oakland Athletics, the Boston Red Sox, and the Kansas City Royals. In 1967, with St. Louis, Cepeda was unanimously selected as the NL Most Valuable Player while leading the Cardinals to the World Series title.

With the kind of numbers Cepeda put up during his 17-year major league career—a .297 batting average and 379 home runs—it seemed he would be a sure bet to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. and his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame became a reality by the Veteran’s Committee in 1999.

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