Olmecas de Tabasco

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Olmecas de Tabasco
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League Mexican League (South Zone)
Location Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
Ballpark Estadio Centenario 27 de Febrero
League championships 1993

Green, white

Manager Alfonso Jimenez

The Olmecas de Tabasco (English: Tabasco Olmecs) are a AAA-level baseball team based in Tabasco playing in the Mexican League. Their homefield is the Estadio Centenario 27 de Febrero in Villahermosa.


It is a team with one of the best hobbies in southeastern Mexico, have a championship and ten appearances in the play-offs of the Mexican League .

Their last playoff appearance was in 2012 when they were eliminated before the Veracruz Rojos del Aguila of losing the series in Centennial Park February 27 , 4-1 after having been to 4 outs to tie the series 1-1.

They made their arrival in the Mexican League in 1975 and have had four names in the time it takes to participate in the summer circuit, and today are named Olmec, have also been called Banana, Cardinals and Ranchers, having played always in the Park Centennial February 27 .

His only championship has been in the campaign of 1993 with the immortal Juan Navarrete front. The ninth Tabasco has been identified for its role in the south and the great pitching that has held, highlighting the arms of Emigdio Lopez, Tabasco Cecilio Ruiz, Juan Jesus Alvarez, Jesus "Chito" Rios, Ricardo Osuna and Gaudencio Aguirre. Other star players who have passed through the club are: Elisha Garzón catcher, first baseman Jay Gainer, the intermediatist Joel Serna, third baseman Manuel Ramirez and shortstop Heber Gomez. His best gardeners have been Rusty Tillman, Oscar Zambrano Fentanes and Rosario, Arturo Bernal and Tabasco Carlos Sievers , both in the role of designated hitter and Mike Naggy right as their best pitcher of all time.

The Cardinals of 1975[edit]

The nickname of Cardinals was the first with whom they met at the summer ball, that was a first attempt, then the following year, due to economic problems, emigrated from the entity and returned in 1977. Since then he has written a story uninterrupted as baseball has been in lands collide.

The Banana, 1979[edit]

After the dismal performance of the 1975 Cardinals, in 1977 the team returned to Tabasco only this time they decided to call them Banana, mote with which they were known until 1985. It was in 1979 when the team that achievement Tabasqueño get, for the first time in the postseason, led by Raul Cano, left out the Diablos Rojos del Mexico . Those were the first competitive squad banana Tabasco and featured players like Rommel Canada, Arturo Bernal, Arturo Bernal and Joel Orquendo Ismael Serna on offense, bolstered by the pitching of Mike Nagy, American pitcher who became an idol for entity, as well as Hector "Colmoyote" Madrigal, Roberto Ochoa, among others, however, were eliminated quickly in the priority Playoffs by champions ultimately Angeles de Puebla .

After the outstanding `79, expectations of better times for the organization were great, however, with the passage of time, the situation came to season after season less, but never spared to try to build good resources brackets, as shown by the recruitment of players of the caliber of Luis Tiant, Carlos "chamfer" Lopez, Ramon Arano , Alfredo "Lefty" Ortiz, Jesus Sommers. However, the results were not reflected in the field, and in 1984, when Julian Manzur, then president of the club, decide to dispose of the franchise and had to come to rescue the prominent farmer Humberto Tapia.


With the arrival of Tapia, Battle name was changed, turned Ranchers, ninth that although neither could be stuck at the top, it was always a tough opponent for the rest of the sets.

There were several moments in that stage. In 1987, he managed the hiring of Steve Howe, a former pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.l Their arrival caused expectation was a player that was significantly above the circuit, with only thirteen games was recalled by the Rangers Texas , but his brief collide land he called wide attention for all baseball fans.

Another important moment in the short history of Tabasco Cattlemen occurred in 1989. American Speedy Mike Cole set a new record in stolen bases, one hundred in total, displacing Donald Carter. That year, under the leadership of Ramón Montoya (Diablo), were on the verge of getting the ticket to the postseason, but a poor tour of Campeche and Yucatán in the final straight, the turn away from the opportunity.

The Olmecs[edit]

In 1990, the franchise suffered another change in ownership and total renovation. The popular "Beto" Tapia Leaving the scene decides to professional baseball and other fans of the "King of Sports" in this case Don Diego and Carlos Rosillo Palavicini Elijah Dagdug, take charge, and the nickname changed to "Olmec". The first seasons, up to 92 to be more precise, the situation does not change much compared to previous years, flashes without reaching the coveted pass to the next round

Olmec Champions 1993[edit]

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Everything changed for the better in that year of 1993. Juan Navarrete took over the fate of the team and based primarily on recruiting wise foreign reinforcements, Rafael de Lima, Alexis Infante, Rusty Tillman and Todd Brown, coupled with pitching first class, broke a drought of fourteen years of not appearing in the postseason, and not only that, since the amazement of friends and strangers, got the title of the summer ball.

That season was a dream, after a shaky start, losing the first five games of the season and that foreigners were not responding, getting to have a tour of the north of 8 games lost, they managed to lift the team, he also had a streak winner of 11 consecutive games won, which team lifting frame, which certainly served some players to keep the job.

Already in the postseason, left on the road to rival the likes of Capital Tigers (now Tigres de Quintana Roo ), Mexico City Red Devils in the final and defeated the Owls of the Two Laredos .

The serpentine Cecilio Ruiz, Ricardo Osuna and Emigdio Lopez, Salvador Backed Colorado, Edgardo Saldana Retes and Ramon Lorenzo Serna, were essential to achieve that much coveted title.

Then came pouring accolades, Don Diego Rosillo was named Executive of the Year and Pitcher of the Year Ricardo Osuna, among other appointments. The 93 championship was a watershed, but has not managed to repeat the feat, Tabasco has been characterized by being in the top of the south and are constant appearances on Playoffs . The manager Orlando Sanchez contemplates his players before leaving the field during the team presentation at the Foro Sol at the start of the first round of the 2007 playoffs against the Red Devils of Mexico.

Champion Team Line Up 1993:

1. - Rafael de Lima CF Two. - Alexis Infante SS Three. - Leo Valenzuela RF April. - Todd Brown BD May. - Horacio "Pachyderm" Valenzuela 1B June. - Rusty Tillman LF July. - Julian "Chino" Wong 2B August. - Elisha Garzon R 9. - Herminio Saiz 3B.

Pitchers (outstanding):

Cecilio Ruiz, Emigdio Lopez, Ricardo Osuna, Ramon Serna, Salvador Colorado.


Juan Navarrete.


Olmecas de Tabasco roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 23 Jasiel Acosta
  • 34 Gaudencio Aguirre
  • 35 Rodolfo Aguirre
  • 17 Angel Araiza
  • 20 Luis Ayala
  • 99 Raul Carrillo
  • 31 Jose Cobos
  • 75 Amilcar Gaxiola
  • -- Jorge Graniel ∞
  • 72 Ulises Gutierrez ∞
  • 52 Yosshel Hurtado
  • 91 Irving Jimenez
  • 95 Leo Medrano
  • -- Ruben Molina ∞
  • -- Luis Montano ∞
  • 55 Leobardo Moreno
  • 58 Jorge Mungary ∞
  • 87 Armando Rodriguez
  • 18 Jorge Soto
  • 44 César Valdez
  • 19 David Villegas ∞


  • 22 Sergio Burruel
  • -- Eduardo Santos ∞
  •  8 Miguel Torres


  •  9 Wilson Batista
  • 10 Ivan Bellazetin
  •  3 Jose Casteneda
  • 25 José Castillo
  • 29 Pedro Diaz
  • 11 Donell Linares
  •  4 Manuel Lopez
  • 13 Luis Porchas


  • 30 Luis Durango
  • -- Jorge Guzman ∞
  • 56 Heriberto Herrera ∞
  • 77 Juan Martinez
  • 39 Daniel Nunez
  • 38 Christian Quintero
  •  6 Cesar Rodriguez
  • -- Carlos Romero ∞
  • -- Jesus Romo ∞


  •  5 Alfonso Jimenez


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list

∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 22, 2015
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