Mexican Baseball Fiesta returns to Kino - Tucson News Now

Mexican Baseball Fiesta returns to Kino

Tucson, AZ - The Mexican Baseball Fiesta and Visit Tucson announced the sixth annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta presented by Cox and Vantage West will be played on September 29 – October 2 in Tucson. The Mexican Baseball Fiesta returns to Kino Stadium after a one-year hiatus to Hi Corbett Field.

This year’s event will include the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, Yaquis de Obregon, Aguilas de Mexicali, Tomateros de Culiacan, and the Cañeros de Los Mochis of the Mexican Pacific League (Liga Mexicana Del Pacifico), as well as top prospects from two MLB organizations to be determined. This will be the first year that five LMP teams will travel to Tucson for the Mexican Baseball Fiesta. Hermosillo and Obregon have participated in all six years. The Mexican Baseball Fiesta also is expected to take place in Phoenix (Mesa), Round Rock (Austin, TX), Nogales, Sonora, Cananea, and Fresno, CA during September and early October. The Round Rock and Fresno games will be done in conjunction with the Triple-A teams in those cities.

We believe it was essential that we continue this fun-filled multi-national and cultural event in Tucson” said Mike Feder, President of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta. This tournament includes some of the most popular teams in Mexico. The Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta will continue to be a tradition in Tucson for many years to come. We’re excited that the Mexican Baseball Fiesta continues to grow every year.” Feder joined MBF founder Francisco Gamez and Jack Donovan in forming the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, LLC in 2011.

“The Mexican Pacific League, is as popular in Mexico as Major League Baseball is in the U.S., if not more so,” said Francisco Gamez, Mexican Baseball Fiesta, founder and LLC partner. Gamez played over 10 years in the Mexican Pacific League as well as in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in the states. Constant excitement is the best way to describe the Mexican Baseball Fiesta.  The energy of the fans, the music and fun make this a unique experience for all baseball fans. This event embraces our Mexican friends and visitors.”

We’re excited to partner with this great event for the sixth year to bring Mexican baseball back to Tucson,” said Felipe Garcia, Executive Vice President of Visit Tucson. The popularity of this event continues to grow and we are proud to be a part of something that both locals and visitors look forward to every September & October. Over 1,800 hotel room nights were booked last year. We are expecting more this year with the addition of a fifth team AND the additional LMP team training in Tucson prior to the tournament.”

Visit Tucson is one of three title sponsors of the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta. Visit Tucson has visitor centers in Hermosillo and Obregon. Vamos a Tucson is the Mexican marketing department of Visit Tucson. Cox Communications will return as a Title Sponsor for the third year. Vantage West will be the newest Title Sponsor this year.

Tickets for the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta go on sale on September 6th online at www.MexicanBaseballFiesta.com. The full tournament schedule will be released in early August. The popular games between Hermosillo and Obregon will now be in the second game of the doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday. That game has drawn in excess of 5,000 fans every year.

Information on the Mexican Pacific League teams coming to Tucson:

Naranjeros de Hermosillo

The team based in the Capital of Sonora has a great following and strong attendance. The Naranjeros de Hermosillo are one of the most popular and successful teams in the Mexican Pacific League, having won 16 league titles and two Caribbean Series title. The Naranjeros won the Caribbean Series title in 2014. They became the first Mexican team to win the Caribbean Series after winning the title in 1976. Former Hermosillo players include Curt Schilling, Larry Walker, Fernando Valenzuela, Erubiel Durazo and Vinny Castilla. Hermosillo will be managed by former big league infielder and Tucson resident Lorenzo Bundy.

Yaquis de Ciudad Obregon

The team from Obregon had won three Mexican Pacific League Championships in a row from 2010 - 2012, giving the team seven in club history. They also won the Caribbean Series in 2011 and 2012. Games between the Naranjeros and Yaquis are considered as some of the best matchups in the league, due to the long rivalry between both teams. Former Obregon players include Kansas City Royals pitcher Joakim Soria, former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Luis Ayala. The Yaquis are managed by Eddie Diaz.

Cañeros de Los Mochis 

They play in the state of Sinaloa. The Cañeros won the league championship in 1984 and 2003. Former MLB IF Luis Sojo will manage the team for the second year. Notable players from the Cañeros include Aurelio Rodriguez, Mike Cameron, former Tucson Toros P Bronswell Patrick, Tucsonan Ed Vosberg, and Juan Castro.

Agulias de Mexicali

The Aguilas play in the Capital of Baja California. The team has a history of playing against Tucson teams, when in the 50s it played against the Tucson Cowboys in the Arizona-Mexico League. The Aguilas won the league championship in 1986, 1989 and 1999. The team also won the 1986 Caribbean Series. Former Mexicali players include Mike Piazza, John Kruk and Rudy Seanez. The Aguilas are managed by former MLB IF Gil Velasquez.

Tomateros de Culiacan

The Tomateros are one of the most popular teams in the Mexican Pacific League. They have won nine Mexican Pacific League Championships, most recently in 2004. In that same year they went on to win the Caribbean Series with a lineup that featured several Major League players like Rodrigo Lopez, Oliver Perez, Luis Ayala, Jose Silva and Benji Gil. The Tomateros are managed by Lino Rivera. Currently on the roster is San Francisco Giants P Ramiro Pena and former MLB IF Oscar Robles.

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