Monday, August 30, 2010

BBM Awards MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Willis Otanez, Puebla Pericos

Puebla got off to a very hot start in 2010 and went on to post the best record in the Mexican League at 66-39 before beating Yucatan and Oaxaca in the playoffs to reach the Bicentennial Series. Otanez, a former MLB infielder, was the linchpin of a Puebla squad that hit .320 as a team.

The 37-year-old Dominican led the Liga with a .393 batting average and added 12 homers, scored 71 runs and had 76 RBIs in 91 games despite missing the last two weeks of the regular season with a foot injury.

Otanez began the season with a 22-game hitting streak. When his 15-game skein at the end of 2009 is factored in, his 37-game streak broke the old LMB record of 36 set by Saltillo’s Luis de los Santos in 2000.