The first 15 years of this millennium haven't been too kind to fans of Puerto Rican baseball, given the decline in the local winter league that halted play for the entire 2007-08 season and a Caribbean Series championship drought that dates back to '00. But there have been positive signs the last two years.
Team Puerto Rico's surprising appearance in the championship game of the 2013 World Baseball Classic was a big lift for the island. A year later, the Indios de Mayagüez, managed by Carlos Baerga, qualified for the final round of the Caribbean Series while representing Puerto Rico, falling to Naranjeros de Hermosillo (Mexico) in the deciding game. And now, as the island prepares to host the 2015 edition of the event in San Juan's Hiram Bithorn stadium starting Monday through Feb. 8, nostalgia is in the air for 1995's Puerto Rican "Dream Team," which swept the series that year with a constellation of big league stars.
David Venn is Executive Editor of LasMayores.com, MLB.com's Spanish language site. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.