Monday, September 13, 2010

RIVERA TO RETURN TO MAZATLAN FOR MEX PAC SEASON

Former major league outfielder Ruben Rivera, a Baseball Mexico All-Star Team pick after a solid summer in Campeche, is set to come back to Mazatlan for another winter with the Venados. It’ll mark Rivera’s second Mex Pac campaign in the resort city after spending four seasons with Culiacan.

The Panamanian hit just .239 last winter for the Venados, but led the team with 10 homers, 41 RBIs and six stolen bases over 67 games. Rivera followed that up with a tremendous Mexican League season for Campeche, topping the Piratas in eleven offensive categories, including batting (.360), hits (124), homers (21), RBIs (73), runs scored (80) and stolen bases (16).

Mazatlan Sports Manager Andres Cruz says, “Rivera is a very important player, as his offensive contribution is central to the aspirations of the team, besides being one of the leaders of the team.” A four-time Mexican League All-Star, Rivera batted .216 with 64 homers and 203 RBIs between 1995 and 2003 for five teams in the majors, belting 40 homers for the Padres in 1999 and 2000.