Leones de Yucatán

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Leones de Yucatán
Leones-Yucatan.png Leonesyucatancap.gif
Team logo Cap insignia
League Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Zona Sur)
Location Mérida, Yucatán
Ballpark Estadio De Béisbol Kukulkán
Year founded 1954
League championships 1957, 1984, 2006.
Division championships 1984, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2007
Former ballparks
Colors Green, Orange, White
              
Ownership Propasa-Dunosusa
Manager Matias Carrillo
General Manager José Rivero
Website leonesdeyucatan.com.mx
Logo of Yucatán Leones

The Leones de Yucatán (English: Yucatán Lions) are a Triple-A level baseball team playing in the Mexican League. Their home games are played at Estadio De Béisbol Kukulkán in Mérida, Yucatán.

History[edit]

The Yucatan Lions began play in the Mexican League in 1954, thanks to the efforts of Alvaro Ponce Vidiella and h Humberto "Beto" Abimerhi Abimerhi. The team's story is divided into three stages. The first covers until 1958, the second from 1970 to 1974 and from 1979.

Mexican League Premiere[edit]

After several attempts, Ponce Abimerhi Abimerhi Vidiella founded the Leones. The team nickname was a reference to the name of the beer company built by the Ponce family. On January 5, 1954 the team's entry to the circuit was announced and on April 17 of that year the Leones opened the season at the newly built Clara Park Charter, hosting the previous season's champions, the Nuevo Laredo Owls and earning an 8-0 victory. In its first year in the league, the Leones won 47 games and lost 32, with one tie and finished in second place to the defending champion Owls. The team ceased play after the 1958 season[1]

Second version[edit]

In 1969, filmmaker Manuel Barbachano Yucatan Ponce, moved the Pericos de Puebla franchise to Mérida in 1970, renaming it the Leones. In the opening game of the 1970 season on 18 March the Leones beat the Rojos del Águila de Veracruz 4-1. The franchise remained Mérida for five seasons and then moved to Villahermosa, Tabasco when Ariel "Picho" Magaña Carrillo purchased the team.

Third version[edit]

The third incarnation of the Lions began in 1979. On April 6, 1978, the Assembly of the Mexican League approved expansion teams 16-20 for the 1979 season. One of the expansion teams was awarded to Yuctan.[2]

On March 16, 1979, the Leones officially returned to the Mexican League when it opened the season at the Cordoba Cafeteros and lost 10-4. As an expansion team, the Leones finished fifth in the Southern Division with 62 wins and 69 losses, but perhaps most important of the season was the performance of rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who later became a star in Major League Baseball. Valenzuela won 10 games, lost 12 with an earned run average of 2.42, allowed only 70walks while striking out 141 batters in 181 innings, and caught the attention of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Rivalries[edit]

Piratas de Campeche[edit]

Since they made their appearance in the Mexican League in summer 1954, the Lions have had fierce rivalries, first with the Mexico City Diablos Rojos and the Mexico City Tigres and then from 1980 with the Campeche Piratas.

Retired Numbers[edit]

  • 1 Juan José Pacho Burgos
  • 3 Mercedes Esquer Llanes
  • 15 Juan Fernando Villaescusa Elías
  • 17 Carlos Paz González
  • 18 Raymundo Antonio Torres Ruiz
  • 19 Ricardo Conde Hernández
  • 21 Héctor Espino González
  • 29 Leonel Aldama Rossel

Current roster[edit]

Leones de Yucatán roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 48 Julian Almeida
  • 23 Jesus Barraza
  • 94 Jonathan Castellanos
  • 87 Rene Coss
  • 11 Juan Omar Espinoza
  • 27 Francisco Félix
  • 49 Jorge Flores
  • 28 Hector Garcia ∞
  • 25 Ricardo Gomez
  • 45 Javier Martinez
  • 14 Carlos Medina
  • 10 Hector Navarro
  • 36 Jhair Perez
  • 31 Jorge Quinones
  • 22 Heriberto Rodriguez
  • 26 Jesus Rodriguez
  • 52 Luis Vizcaíno

Catchers

  • 20 Carlos Mendivil
  • 51 Israel Nunez
  • 57 Hector Paez

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 59 Ivan Araujo
  • 50 Luis Fonseca
  •  9 Edson Garcia
  • 44 Fransisco Lugo
  • 70 Ramon Ramirez
  •  7 René Reyes

Manager

  • 94 Matias Carrillo

Coaches



Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list

∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 13, 2014
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