Cananea Reyes

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Cananea Reyes
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Born: February 18, 1937
Nacozari
Died: November 11, 1991
Hermosillo
Teams
Charros de Jalisco, Diablos Rojos del México, Seattle Mariners
Career highlights and awards
Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Reyes and the second or maternal family name is Chávez.

Benjamín "Cananea" Reyes Chávez (February 18, 1937 — November 11, 1991)[1] was a Mexican professional baseball player and manager who spent one season — 1981 — as a coach for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.

Born in Nacozari in Sonora, Mexico, Reyes was a third baseman, outfielder and pitcher during his six-year playing career in Mexican minor league baseball, including two seasons with the Charros de Jalisco of the Mexican League. His managing career began in 1968 and in 1971 he became pilot of the Charros for three seasons, before switching in 1974 to the Diablos Rojos del México, whom he managed for 16 years (1974–1980; 1983–1991). In 20 years as a Triple-A Mexican League manager, he compiled a winning percentage of .568.[2]

Reyes' one season in MLB was the strike-shortened 1981 campaign. He was named the Mariners' third-base coach by Seattle skipper Maury Wills, but Wills was fired early in the year, on May 6, 1981, and replaced by Rene Lachemann. Reyes finished the season, then returned to the Mexican League for the remainder of his career. He won five championships as a Mexican League manager.

He died in Hermosillo, in Sonora, from cancer at the age of 54. The following year he was inducted into the Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retrosheet". Retrosheet. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  2. ^ "Career statistics from". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2014-03-14.