Thursday, September 7, 2017
Former Tucson Toros and Padres general manager Mike Feder, who was the Pacific Coast League's Executive of the Year in both 1991 and 2013, is heading the effort in the Old Pueblo. "We believe it was essential that we continue this fun-filled, cross-border and cultural event in Tucson," says Feder. "This tournament includes some of the most popular teams in Mexico." This year, the Hermosillo Naranjeros, Obregon Yaquis, Mexicali Aguilas and Los Mochis Caneros from the LMP will be joined in Tucson by a team of Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers. The MBF serves a dual purpose of providing MexPac teams a chance to play exhibition games in preparation for next month's season openers while exposing fans north of the border to baseball Mexican-style. In addition to the game on the field, there will be live music and other elements to bring a little salsa to the ballpark.
Baseball Mexico (i.e., me) will be on hand in Tucson next month to file daily reports on all eight games played there, marking the first time BBM has ever covered Mexican baseball in person since the old Viva Beisbol column began in 2005, although audio from one of the old BBM programs on Florida shortwave radio station WRMI in late 2009 originated from Estadio Teodoro Mariscal in Mazatlan. Options are being explored for broadcasting at least one MBF game live from Tucson on shortwave or the internet.
MEXICAN BASEBALL FIESTA: Tucson schedule
THU, Oct. 5 Obregon vs. Mexicali, Hermosillo vs. Cincinnati (1st game at 5:30pm MT)
FRI, Oct. 6 Mexicali vs. Cincinnati, Hermosillo vs. Obregon (1st game at 5:30pm MT)
SAT, Oct. 7 Los Mochis vs. Mexicali, Obregon vs. Hermosillo (1st game at 5:30pm MT)
SUN, Oct. 8 Mexicali vs. Obregon, Hermosillo vs. Los Mochis (1st game at 3:00pm MT)
Other MBF Dates and Venues
FRI, Sept. 22 Hermosillo vs. Obregon at Las Vegas, NV (7:05pm PT)
SAT, Sept. 23 Obregon vs. Hermosillo at Las Vegas, NV (7:05pm PT)
SAT, Sept. 30 Mexicali vs. Hermosillo at San Luis, AZ (7:00pm MT)
SUN, Oct. 1 Hermosillo vs. Mexicali, Mexicali vs. Los Mochis at Mesa AZ (1st game at 3:00pm MT)
WED, Oct. 4 Obregon vs. Hermosillo at Nogales, AZ (7:30pm MT)
THU, Oct. 5 Hermosillo vs. Los Mochis (7:30pm) at Douglas, AZ (7:30pm MT)