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The team was headlined by Sotero Ortiz who scored more runs (21) and stole more bases (10) than anyone else, while teammate Ramon Maldonado hit 8 doubles to lead the stadistic. Due to the improving quality of its players, Puerto Rico soon began experiencing the loss of its best players to the professional leagues at a very young age, including Roberto Clemente and Orlando Cepeda.
In 1952, Puerto Rico went 7-3, including 2-2 in the final round to take bronze medal. In 1953, the team finished 6th with a record of 5-5.
Puerto Rico declined participation in the 1945 Amateur World Series, joining Mexico and Cuba in absence.
As the LBPPR expanded and became more organized, the quality of players compossing the Puerto Rican national team improved.
) is the national baseball team of the United States territory Puerto Rico.
The men's senior team is currently ranked 12th in the world, while its women's counterpart is 8th.
This inicident was the result of the LBPPR from amateur to professional a few years earlier.Luis Mercado led the tournament in doubles (6) and tied for the most triples (3).In 1970, Puerto Rico won the bronze medal with a record of 9-2.The team was managed by Roberto Clemente (only weeks prior to his death) and featured a no-hitter by Sandalio Quinonez against Costa Rica. Puerto Rico is the only participant to win medals in both of the 1973 events.In 1973, Puerto Rico participated in two versions of the Amateur World Series due to internal conflicts in the sport, in the Federación Internacional de Béisbol Aficionado version, the team won the silver medal with a record of 10-3, with two of those loses coming at the hands of eventual winner, Cuba. Eventually the FIBA and FEMBA merged and the event had only one sanctioning body, the International Amateur Baseball Association (IABF). After missing the 1978 edition of the World Amateur Series, the team came back in 1980, but finished tied in the 7th place with Venezuela with a 4-7 record.