Monday, March 1, 2010


Longtime Mexican baseball veteran Juan Carlos “El Canelo” Canizalez has been acquired by the Oaxaca Guerreros in a trade sending right-handed pitcher Miguel Rubio to Monclova. The 39-year-old Canizalez hit .307 with 5 homers in 87 games for the Acereros last year, marking the seventh time in his 19-year Liga career that he's topped the .300 mark (including a career-best .358 average for Monterrey in 1995).

Canizalez is a career .299 batter over 1,608 LMB games, collecting 1,746 hits including 99 homers. He's also a career .288 hitter over 16 winters in the Mexican Pacific League, including a .270 average last season in 45 games in his first campaign for Culican after spending 12 seasons with Hermosillo. The switch-hitting first baseman won two LMP batting titles with the Naranjeros.

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