Saturday, November 27, 2010

ROMOS HONORED IN OBREGON, BUT VICENTE LOSES JOB IN MOCHIS

You can’t blame Vicente Romo if life seems a little confusing to him these days. The ex-major leaguer and Mexican pitching legend went from having his number retired in Obregon to having his employment with the Los Mochis Caneros “retired” in a two-day span.

Romo (pictured on right with brother Enrique), who holds several career pitching records in the Mexican Pacific League, had his number 11 retired along with brother Enrique’s number 45 in Obregon during a November 20 pregame ceremony at Estadio Tomas Oroz Gaytan. The two brothers combined to win 91 games for the Yaquis during their respective playing careers (Enrique won 58 while Vicente won 33), and were moundmates for Obregon’s 1972-73 title team under manager Dave Garcia. The Romo brothers become the fifth and sixth players to have their numbers retired in Yaquis team history.

The warm afterglow was abruptly interrupted two days later when Vicente was fired as a pitching coach in Mochis along with ex-Brewers star Teddy Higuera. Caneros team president Joaquin Vega wielded the axe before publicly giving a vote of confidence to an undoubtedly-reassured manager Che Reyes.