Venados sign Italian Alex Liddi for 2018-2019 season
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, July 20, 2018 - The Venados have added Italian slugger Alessandro ("Alex") Liddi to the 2018-2019 roster in a stunning trade with the Yaquis de Obregón for center fielder Corey Brown.
A returning member of the Venados 2016 Caribbean Championship team, Liddi was born in San Remo, Italy, and is a graduate of Istituto Aicardi Agraria in Albenga, Italy.
He is a big guy -- 6'4", 225 lbs -- and has excelled as a hitter playing AAA ball within the Kansas City Royals organization, batting .257 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI this past season.
Usually deployed at 1st or 3rd base, he is also no stranger to Winter baseball in Northwest Mexico, having played for Obregón, Culiacán and Jalisco.
Liddi is a winner: in addition to his contributions to the 2016 Venados Caribbean Championship, he was a very important part of the Toros de Tijuana 2017 Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (LMB) championship season, hitting .235 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI.
This sure-handed fielder and high-voltage batter is destined to thrill crowds at the new Estadio Teodoro Mariscal in the Fall!
LMP 2018 Players Draft to be held July 19th in Hermosillo
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, July 12, 2018 - July 19th is an important date for Venados fans, and and important milestone as we approach the start of the 2018-2019 season.
In just one week, Liga Mexicana del Pacifico (LMP) will hold its annual draft in Hermosillo, Sonora.
While pre-draft speculation is rampant, the actual results of the draft next Thursday will make concrete what player options each team has; largely define what further trades both within and outside the league are possible before the season starts; and begin to clarify the roster fans can expect on Opening Day.
The LMP is one of the oldest baseball leagues in Mexico -- its roots date back to the Liga de la Costa del Pacífico founding in 1946 -- and high selection in its draft a great moment in any players career. mazatlantoday.net looks forward to reporting on the results of the LMP draft as soon as possible!
Five Venados players to play in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games
Barranquila, Columbia, July 4, 2018 - A astounding five Mazatlán Venados players will be part of the Mexican team that will participate in the Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Barranquila, Columbia.
This over 90 year old series brings some of the finest baseball players in the Americas together for a week of exciting baseball as part of the larger event, this year being held from July 20th until July 28th.
Venados pitchers Irwin Delgado and Alejandro Soto, along with fielder-sluggers Jesús Fabela, Edson García and Sebastián Valle, are primed to represent Mexico in this important series, and the Venados organization is proud of their participation.
The Central American and Caribbean Games are one of the world's most prestigeous multi-sport regional championship events, with only the Modern Olympics having a longer history. Held every four years -- like the Olympics -- the CACG was born in 1926 and Mexico, along with Cuba and Guatemala, was a founding member of the organization.
Baseball has been part of the games since its inception, and the quality of play is consistently world-class. It is a reflection of the strength of the 2018-2019 Venados squad that so many of its players were chosen to represent Mexico in Barranquila this year!
A Grand Opening at La Gran Plaza
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, June 28, 2018 - Mazatlán has a new sports store destined to fulfill the baseball fantasies of Venados fans from around the world!
José Antonio Toledo Ortiz, president of the Board of Directors of the Venados de Mazatlán, and Sergio Ruiz Ibarra, general director of Deportes El Siglo, hosted the grand opening ceremony of the new Venados de Mazatlán - Sports of The Century store within La Gran Plaza.
This sleek, modern and massive store is purely baseball, with an atmosphere keynoted by a beautiful mural by Mazatlan-based painter Carlos Loaiza. The store is, of course, packed with all sorts of Venados baseball clothing and equipment, but its sports memorabilia and dazzling baseball tech, alone, are worth the trip -- video wall and 3D film compete for visitors' attention with a physical scoreboard from the Venados 2016 Caribbean World Series championship final.
Sergio Ruiz Ibarra is committed to making Venados fans happy, saying, "We are in a privileged place in the commercial heart of Mazatlan, La Gran Plaza, with substantial visitor traffic throughout the day and throughout the year. We have created a large place where fans can find their favorite Venados articles."
The grand opening festivities were joined by hard-hitting Venados outfielder Jeremías Pineda, fresh off knee surgery and happy to sign autographs and take photos with fans. Pineda's visit was coincident with some very good news: he has been cleared to play the full 2018-2019 season with the Venados!
American pitcher Dustin Crenshaw among three Venados selected for the 2018 LMB All-Star Game
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, June 25, 2018 - Venados stars Dustin Crenshaw, Carlos Gastelum and Sebastían Valle have been chosen to participate in the upcoming Liga Mexicana de Béisbol (LMB) All Star Game.
All three had outstanding seasons in 2017-2018, performances that they look forward to repeating at Kukulcán Álamo de Yucatán park in Mérida, home of the Leones de Yucatán of the LMB.
The selection of Crenshaw, Gastelum and Valle for this prestigeous 86th LMB All Star Game -- the LMB is the oldest professional baseball league in Mexico -- illustrates the strength of the Venados roster heading into the 2018-2019 season.
The games will take place on June 28th and 29th, and will also feature a celebration of the Leones de Yucatán 50th anniversary as a team -- founded in 1954, they're just 8 years younger than the Venados!
Venados sign Edson Garcia and Daniel Guerrero
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, June 22, 2018 - Edson Garcia and Daniel Guerrero have signed with the Mazatlán Venados for the 2018-2019 LMP season, acquisitions that will strengthen our hitting, fielding and pitching!
Edson Garcia is a versatile player who can play outfield or infield positions, with most of his infield time spent at second and third base.
Just 26 years old and a native of Puebla, Garcia has four years experience playing for some of the best baseball teams in Mexico, and is an aggressive batter who makes a lot of contact.
He also is very good at making his hits count: just last season he batted in 30 runs.
Garcia knows how to best use his hitting skills saying, "I'm not a power hitter. Occasionally I hit a home run, but my game is contact, to take advantage of the ballpark, play hard, get on base. That's how Edson Garcia plays."
Garcia also understands the opportunity that this season represents. "I am very happy to be a member of a team with as much history as Mazatlan. The Venados are an organization that treats players very well."
Daniel Guerrero is an experienced pitcher that the Venados will count on during the 2018-2019 season. Born in Tecuala, Nayarit State, in 1985, Guerrero is a 6'1" 190 lb. right hander.
Known for his consistency, Guerrero made his professional debut in the LMP during the 2006-2007 season, playing for the Algodoneros de Guasave.
Since 2015, Guerrero has played the LMP Winter season with the Charros de Jalisco -- in 2016 he was 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA -- and the Summer season with the Guerreros de Oaxaca of the Liga Mexicana de Béisbol (LMB), the oldest baseball league in Mexico founded in 1925.
Get ready for New Years Day LMP playoff baseball
Guadalajara, Jalisco, June 13, 2018 - The 4th 2018 General Meeting of Liga Mexicana del Pacifico held in Guadalajara ended with great news for baseball fans looking for a perfect mid-Winter baseball rush - the 2019 LMP playoffs will begin on Tuesday, January 1, 2019!
The entire playoff schedule was announced at a press conference after the meeting. Semifinals begin on January 11th, with the final series beginning January 19th and continuing through January 29th if a full 7 games are required.
In remarks during the press conference, Omar Canizales Soto, Executive Director of the LMP, emphasized the bonds between the LMP and other leagues, specifically Major League Baseball and the Caribbean Confederation of Baseball.
Canizales Soto particularly noted the mutually beneficial Winter League Agreement between the LMB and MLB, and highlighted "the excellent results that have been achieved (by) the historical relationship."
The press conference also covered the recent meeting of the Confederación de Béisbol Profesional del Caribe (CBPC), held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, at which CBPC commissioner Juan Francisco Puello reported on the progress of efforts to enhance the growth and popularity of Winter baseball throughout the region - a project which the LMP has vigorously supported.
Specific regional baseball news included details of the preparations for the upcoming Caribbean Series in Barquisimeto, Venezuela; the approval of a plan to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Winter League baseball throughout the 2019-2020 season; and a very exciting proposal that Mazatlan host the Caribbean Series in 2021!
The next Liga Mexicana del Pacifico meeting will take place in conjunction with the players draft to be held in Hermosillo, Sonora, on July 19, 2018.
Player trade brings catcher Sebastian Valle back to the Venados for 2018-2019
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, June 8, 2018 - The Mazatlan Venados have acquired the rights to catcher Sebastian Valle in exchange for second baseman Esteban Quiroz.
This trade brings one of the finest catchers playing in Mexico to the 2018-2019 Venados roster.
A hard-hitter as well, Valle is very familiar to Venados fans. Born in Los Mochis, Sinaola, he was a member of the 2016 Venados team that won both the LMP and Caribbean League championships.
As you can imagine, Valle is happy to be returning to Mazatlan, and will be reporting for training as soon as possible.
The Venados organization expressed appreciation to Esteban Quiroz for his professionalism, and wished him success with his new team.
Hometown teenage pitching sensation Jesús Ríos is the first player signed by the Venados for the 2018-2019 season
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, June 7, 2018 - Mazatlan teen pitching sensation Jesus Rios became the first player signed by the Venados for the 2018-2019 season, taking the place on the roster held by pitcher Matías Carrillo Jr.
Born in Mazatlan December 27, 2001 - yes, you read that correctly - Rios attracted the attention of many scouts for both Mexican Winter and Summer league teams because of his extraordinary arm strength and pitching velocity.
This teenager is the Real Deal, already throwing at major league speed - nearly 90 mph fastballs - and using a combination of breaking pitches to keep batters off balance.
"I like to challenge hitters using different pitches including the slider and a two-finger switch that have helped me a lot in my short career."
Jesus commented that signing with the Venados is a dream come true. "I'm very happy for this great opportunity that baseball has given me, and thankful to the Venados. I always dreamed that this day would come, now I just have to keep working hard."
Venados name Joe Alvarez manager for the 2018-2019 season
Mazatlán, Sinaloa, April 30, 2018 - The Venados organization has just announced that Cuban-American Joe Alvarez has been named manager of the 2018-2019 Venados.
A former player with experience in the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Baltimore Orioles organizations, Alvarez has carved out quite a career as a manager, having coached successful teams in the United States, Asia and Mexico.
Alvarez is no stranger to Liga Mexicana del Pacifico, having coached the Yaquis de Obregón in 2008.
In his playing days, Alvarez was known as a fast infielder, and he is well aware of the need for speed on the basepath -- a style of aggressive base running that is popular in Asia.
The Venados organization is looking forward to great success with Alvarez, and fans are too!
Getting to know Joe Alvarez
Born in Manzanillo, Cuba, in 1956, Joe Alvarez grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
He attended St. Patrick High School and drew the attention of scouts from a number of Major League teams. In 1974 the New York Yankees selected the then 19 year old Alvarez in the third round of the MLB Draft and -- straight out of High School -- sent him to their Johnson City Yankees farm team in the Appalachian League.
Joe Alvarez earned his professional athletic success. Not gifted with great size or strength -- in his playing days he was listed at 5'9" and 165 lbs. -- Alvarez was a rising star in the minors, with only an injury in 1977 preventing him from playing Major League baseball. He usually played shortstop and was regarded as a very sure-handed fielder.
Alvarez took an early interest in coaching, and was rapidly recognized for his ability to scout and develop young talent. These skills led first to assignments as a coach in the Orioles minor league system, and later to Minor League managerial positions within the Los Angeles Dodgers organization from 1984-1990. His L.A. Dodgers teams had winning records in six of those seven seasons and three championships: the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 1986 and 1987 and the Vero Beach Dodgers in 1990.
After a number of years within the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay organizations, Alvarez found opportunity both in Asia -- primarily Japan and Korea -- and in Mexico, where he has managed the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz, the Pericos de Puebla and the the Generales de Durango.
Alvarez is no stranger to Liga Mexicana del Pacifico, having coached the Yaquis de Obregón in 2008.