Wednesday, September 21, 2011

TIJUANA TO HOST THIRD BASEBALL FESTIVAL

Tijuana will once again host a three-day baseball event featuring four teams from the Mexican Pacific League. The Caribbean Series champion Obregon Yaquis will be in the Baja California Norte city from September 30 through October 2 along with the Culiacan Tomateros, Mazatlan Venados and Mexicali Aguilas. This will mark the first time the Venados have played in the tournament after local fans in Tijuana requested they be invited.

The Beisbol Fest began in 2009, a year after the Tijuana Potros Mexican League franchise shifted to Reynosa. Since then, the border city has had teams come and go. Tijuana presently has a franchise in the summer Class A Mexican Northern League, although it has been mentioned as a possible future MexPac city if expansion talk ever becomes reality (a foolish move given the ongoing mess in Navojoa).

The Beisbol Fest is being promoted by Pro3 Sports & Entertainment and will take place in the 19,500-seat Estadio Cerro Colorado (formerly known as Calimax Stadium). The four teams will play a round-robin format, with a Home Run Derby also planned for October 1.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope Tijuana gets a team of its own

Baseball Mexico said...

It's a possibility. There's been talk of the LMP expanding and Tijuana has been mentioned along with Ensenada, but the league should look closer at whether its worth keeping a team in Navojoa first.

The Mayos are always dead last in attendance (by far) and have won just one pennant since 1979 although they've had players like Fernando Valenzuela, Rickey Henderson, Kevin Youkilis and Whitey Herzog...yes, THAT Whitey Herzog.

Unless there's crazy money keeping a team in Navojoa, I'd move the Mayos before expanding. People just aren't going to games there.