Saturday, December 19, 2009


Two more Mexican League managerial openings have been filled. The Mexico City Diablos Rojos and Chihuahua Dorados both announced new skippers last week.

Mexico City has chosen Max “Mako” Oliveras as their new manager. The 63-year-old Santurce, Puerto Rico native played seven year of minor league ball before replacing Fred Hatfield as manager of the independent Miami Marlins in the Class A Florida State League in 1986. The following year, Oliveras was hired by the California Angels organization, where he managed for six seasons before becoming a coach in Anaheim in 1994. Oliveras moved to the Chicago Cubs coaching staff, where he served between 1995 and 1997. He’s managed in the minors ever since, spending 2009 with Binghamton of the Class AA Eastern League.

Salon de la Fama member Francisco “Chico” Rodriguez is taking the helm in Chihuahua. The older brother of the late Aurelio Rodriguez, a former MLB third baseman who is also enshrined in Monterrey, Chico Rodriguez spent 20 seasons playing in the Mexican League, hitting .270 with 2,186 hits (including 330 doubles) for the Mexico City Tigres, Veracruz Aguilas, and Aguascalientes Rieleros before retiring in 1985. Rodriguez has also managed both the Aguilas and Rieleros, but has not led a Liga team in over 20 years. He became a Salon member in 2004, nine years after his brother Aurelio was so honored.

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