Monday, June 7, 2010


Salon de la Fama member Carlos Soto, who was a player for the Nuevo Laredo Tecolotes in the 1970’s and 1980’s, was fired as Tecos manager Friday to become the eighth Mexican League skipper to be canned this season. Soto was let go after Nuevo Laredo got off to a 3-12 start to the second half of the current season after finishing 19-34 in the first half.

A catcher/first baseman as a player, Soto was enshrined in Monterrey in 2007 after a Liga career that netted him a .301 lifetime batting average with 264 homers and 1,043 RBIs between 1973 and 1991. Twelve of those seasons were with the Tecos, where he formed a power-hitting triumvirate with Andres Mora and Alejandro Ortiz called Los Tres Mosqueteros (or “The Three Musketeers”) in the 1980’s. All three have had their numbers retired in Nuevo Laredo.

Soto was replaced on an interim basis by Tecos coach Oscar Romero.

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