Sunday, October 17, 2010

OBREGON TO RETIRE PITCHING BROTHERS’ NUMBERS

Two brothers whose respective pitching careers spanned from Mexico to the Major Leagues will have their numbers retired by the Obregon Yaquis in November. Vicente (#24) and Enrique (#11) Romo will be honored in a ceremony at Obregon’s Estadio Tom├ís Oroz Gaytan.

Vicente Romo (pictured on left) pitched MLB ball in the 60’s and 70’s while also excelling in winterball for the Yaquis, Culiacan and Hermosillo. He pitched the LMP’s first perfect game and is the league’s all-time leader in wins (182), strikeouts (2,038), complete games (178) and ERA (2.38). He won 182 more times in the LMB.

As a 29-year-old MLB rookie, Enrique Romo (pictured on right) led the expansion Seattle Mariners with 16 saves and a 2.83 ERA in 1977 and was a member of Pittsburgh’s World Series champions in 1979. Enrique led the LMP in winning percentage three times and had a 95-65 career winter record with a 2.72 ERA.

Both Romo brothers have been enshrined in the Salon de la Fama, Vicente in 1992 and Enrique in 2003.