Rojos del Águila de Veracruz

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Rojos del Águila de Veracruz
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League Mexican League (South Zone)
Location Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico
Ballpark Estadio Universitario Beto Ávila
Year founded 1903
League championships 1937, 1938, 1952, 1961, 1970, 2012
Colors

Red, Blue

         
Manager Jose Offerman
Jose Chavez in a March 2014 exhibition in Houston

The Rojos del Águila de Veracruz (English: Veracruz Águila Reds) are a AAA-level baseball team playing in the Mexican League.

They play at the Estadio Universitario Beto Ávila in Veracruz, Veracruz.

History[edit]

The game of baseball in Veracruz was driven by American and British oil companies, settled in the city in the early twentieth century. For obvious reasons they first promoted this sport among employees, producing the first games of baseball.

Bosses and managers of these U.S. companies played baseball, and the people of Veracruz were interested in this sport, hence the employees began to have games with the bosses. These in turn were encouraged to purchase uniforms for employees, even in those who from that time predominated and red.

The oil company with the most interest in promoting baseball in the harbor among employees was that of Águila, and this was an historic moment in local baseball because the Veracruz Rojos del Aguila were founded on September 16, 1903 .

Beginnings[edit]

The team Veracruz is one of the most traditional of the Mexican League, which won the bicampeonato in seasons of 1937 and 1938, precisely when it began keeping statistics in the LMB, the Cuban Agustín Green was the manager who gave that pair club championship at Buenos Aires. Subsequently they won titles corresponding to the seasons of 1952 and 1961, both under the direction of Cuban Santos Amaro, and also Cuban Enrique Izquierdo won the fifth pennant in the campaign of 1970 .

Since its inception, the "Eagle" played in Veracruz Sports Park until 1986, when he retired from the league, the campaign back in 1992, adopting its headquarters in the University Sports Park "Beto Ávila" . The "Eagle" is one of the most recognized clubs in the Mexican League, and the names of the magnates Machado Carlos Rubio and Paul have been relevant in the squad Veracruz.

Titles[edit]

1937[edit]

"THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP"

In 1937, the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz get the first title in its history under the command of the Cuban Agustín Green, in an official championship and inaugural LMB . The Eagle of Veracruz was champion thanks to the outstanding performance of Martin Dihigo, both the pitching mound and in the batter's box, and by the wise leadership of Augustine Green. The Full Roster was: Augustine "Pijini" Bejarano, Felino Cardenas Estaquillo Martinez, Martin "El Maestro" Dihigo, Francisco Medina, Alberto Cornejo, Nero Arjona, Donato "Toco" Aldama, Ramon Michelena, Antonio Tenorio, Julian Ramirez Pajón and Augustine Green for field players. While Pitchers were: Gustavo Ortiz, Martin Dihigo, Sabas Mora and Carlos Rubio. The top winner was win-loss record Sabas Mora with a percentage of 7-0 and ERA of 2.09, while no less important victories that gave the title to the Eagle were made by Martin Dihigo, who won the 3 games in a row that the team played against Veracruz Mexico Agrarian series to win the bonus.

1938[edit]

"THE IMMORTAL Dihigo"

Undoubtedly, in 1938 if a ballplayer was honorable mention was the Cuban Martin Dihigo, who began to back the team to achieve the second title in the history of the Eagle again directed by Agustín Green . Dihigo individual numbers were strong, both in batting and pitching. In the batting department achieved the highest percentage of .387, and virtually swept the pitching department with 18 wins and 2 losses and an impressive percentage of earned runs allowed of 0.90 and 184 strikeouts. That championship was won by the following players: Martin "El Maestro" Dihigo, Silvio Garcia, Jacinto Roque, Manuel Salvatierra, Nero Arjona, José Luis Gómez Rodríguez, Donato "Toco" Aldama, Raul "Chicalón" Mendez, Jorge Rosas, Alberto Cornejo, Amado Alvarez and Julian "handjob" Ramirez for field players. And the pitchers were: Martin Dihigo, Julian Ramirez, Silvio Garcia, Tirso de Anda and Raul Mendez.

1952[edit]

"THE CROWN OF 1952"

The third team title in the LMB, was obtained from the hand of another star Cuban as it was Santos "The Kangaroo" Amaro . In this campaign, Santos Amaro as player-manager led the team to another title with the help of the likes of Rene Gonzalez, who achieved the highest batting average with .370 and Peter "Charrascas" Ramirez, Mario Ariosa, Antonio Castanon, Charles White, Earl "Red Skin" Taborn, Guillermo "Huevito" Alvarez, Reynaldo Green, Gonzalo "The Blackout" Morales, Ricardo "Chamaco" Garza, Rafael "Chino" Lopez, Jaime "El Loco" Abad, Manuel Fuentes, Octavio Favela, Ernesto Cortes, Federico Cortes, Isidro Ortiz and Santos Amaro himself as field players. In the pitching department, the top guy in that season was William "Don Pants" Lopez, who had won 19 numbers for 8 lost, and a percentage of 2.94 ERA, pitching important followed as Lino Donoso (18 - 11), Guadalupe Ortegón, Fernando Sanchez, Pedro Ramirez and Hector Moreno Marín "Pepino" Azamar.

1961[edit]

"THE POWER OF PINKSTON"

Nine years had to elapse before the Eagle Reds return to winning a pennant LMB, this time was conquered in 1961 again under the leadership of the Cuban Santos Amaro. This season, the Magic came thumper tremendous States Alfred Pinkston joining from the Diablos Rojos del Mexico, who with solid work in the batting order, led him to the Eagle to conquer a new championship. Pinkston, according to their numbers and those who were fortunate enough to see him play, was tremendous player, then hit .374 this year, would also highlight the work of the Cuban explosive Witremundo "Witti" Quintana that year was the champion of runs of the league with 23 homers. Equally important in this season were the following batters were above .300 percentage: Asdrubal Baro, Miguel "Pilo" Gaspar and William Berzunza, followed by below average magic Felipe Montemayor, Ernesto "Natas" Garcia, Paul Bernard, Mario Ariosa, Ramiro Caballero, Witremundo Quintana, Ronaldo "Ronnie" Camacho, Mario Luna, Juan de Dios Hernández Esquivel and Felipe Villareal. On the pitch, was born a "legend" pillar to achieving the team won that season as it was Ramon "Three Skates" Arano, who managed record of 11 won by 3 losses and a percentage of 3.72 ERA, also followed good work: Jesus Williams (11-8), Lino Donoso (10-6), Silvio Castellanos (14-14), Rodolfo Alvaro (11-6), Guillermo Lopez, Aubrey Grigsbi, Pablo Montes de Oca Lazarus Uscanga, Guillermo Vazquez, Pedro Julián Ladera and Montane.

1970[edit]

"THE FIFTH CHAMPIONSHIP"

Like a cabal or something predestined, also spent another 9 years until 1970 for her to get another championship again. This time, the Red Eagle was directed once again by a Cuban, Enrique Izquierdo who managed to lead them to the championship. Shone important figures, that's for sure, but overall it was a year even as individual accomplishments, if any highlighting the work of the Cuban Rogelio "El Borrego" Alvarez who with 33 runs was the league champion in that department in addition to batting .288 percentage. There were three players who hit over .300 percentage: Emilio Sosa (.328), Roberto "The Engineer" Ortiz (.305) and Rolando Waiter (.304). In addition to other hitters as Nicholas Vazquez, Rogelio Alvarez, Francisco Rodriguez Ituarte, Wilfredo Arano, Francisco Chavez, Enrique Izquierdo, Jose Manuel Hernandez, Porfirio Ruiz, Tobias Santos, Rufino Reyes, Jose Reyes Cruz, Joaquin Santiago, Nathaniel Alvarado, Ernesto García, Olindo Rojas, Octavio Salgado, Octavio Orozco, Hector Rodriguez, Esteban Valtierra and Carlos Burgos. In the pitching highlighted: Jesus Rizales (12-6), Cesar Diaz (10-8), Alberto Osorio (10-7), Luis Malpica (9-9), Blas Mazon (13-13) and Ramiro Muñoz, Rene Chavez, Francisco Lopez, Octavio Salgado, Hector Brito, Raul Balcazar, Juan de Jesus Quintana, Juan Burgos and Felipe Antonety.

The competitive level was high in this campaign with the participation of 10 teams divided into two zones, the South and the North, where they gave the championship series between the zone leaders or champions in each sector. Los Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz were imposed in the final series to the Diablos Rojos del Mexico by 4 games to 2 in the missing crowned Sports Park Veracruz to the noise of the home crowd.

2012[edit]

"THE SIXTH STAR"

After 42 years of drought, and preceded by a great season as was that of 2011 when they reached the ALCS the South Zone, the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz managed to win the championship of the Mexican League for the sixth time in its history. With the team's base in 2011, and with the addition of great players in the final stretch of the season as the Dominican Lorenzo Barcelo, which was chosen as the MVP of the Final Series ("Series of the King"), mark and ended with six wins and no losses in the postseason, and the Venezuelan Frank Diaz, Puerto Rican Carlos Rivera and Veracruz José Cobos, the Red Bird was able to form a very solid team. In addition to the 4 reinforcements mentioned names like George "The Black" Guzman, the Venezuelan José Castillo, the Jarocho Humberto Sosa, Jose Guadalupe Chavez, Jose Castaneda, the Veracruz Enrique "The Viper" Osorio, Jose Orozco, Carlos Ibarra, Leo Rodriguez, Francisco Rivera Veracruz, the Mexican naturalized Venezuelan Pedro Castilian, the Curaçao Sharnol Adriana naturalized Mexican, plus rookies Yoshio Angel Torres and Cesar in the area of the hitters, and pitchers Thomas Solis, who was the leader of victories of the season, the Dominican Jailen Peguero, who was the leader of the campaign saves, Victor Alvarez, Manuel Flores, Veracruz Rodolfo Aguirre, Hector "El Choco" Navarro, Leo Moreno, the Veracruz Carlos Santamaria, Luis de la O and juveniles Remberto Romo, Jesus Barraza and Jose Dominguez, their names embroidered in gold letters being the Roster of players who achieved sixth star for the Reds Eagle.

Special mention deserves the manager Peter Mere, who took the team shortly after half a season. The "Prince of Mango", continued the work begun by the Puerto Rican Orlando Merced, which was suspended by the league the rest of the campaign. Mere, who had been preceded by having achieved three championships with the Witches of Los Tuxtlas in Veracruz Winter League, was crowned as manager in his debut in the Mexican Baseball League, as well as becoming the first Mexican leader who does the Ave Red, as the team five previous championships Jarocho were under the leadership of managers Cubans .

On Wednesday August 29 of 2012 will go down in history as the day will be remembered because Port Red Machine won his sixth championship, defeating the seventh game in the series to Rieleros de Aguascalientes by 8-1 in a packed University Sports Park "Beto Ávila" .

Now the Veracruz Rojos del Águila in their windows presumed Zaachila Cup trophy LMB champion.

On Friday August 31 of 2012 and the culmination of the great season of Red Eagle, LMB champions 2012, were received by Governor Javier Duarte de Ochoa, later toured the port's main boulevard to thank the support of his hobby.

Duarte gave a reception to the new kings of the LMB in the Hall of Flags. Then there was a meal where the players lived with the governor and with the directors of Red Bird.

At 18 hours, there was a Mass of Thanksgiving at the University Sports Park "Beto Ávila", and the edge of the 20 hours, a convoy with LMB champions paraded through the main streets of the port, where thousands of fans gathered to cheer on their idols. The caravan with new Zaachila Cup holders ran from the Plaza of the Securities to the Malecon Macroplaza.

Note that due to the great performance that had the pitcher Tom LMB Solis was appointed as the Pitcher of the Year, also the Dominican Jailen Peguero was recognized as the Reliever of the year. Finally, in the framework of the XLII Mexican Baseball National Convention held in Villahermossa, Tabasco, Jose Antonio Mansur Galán, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Red Eagle won Executive of the Year trophy.

Decade of the 80s[edit]

After the mid-70's, Pablo Machado who was then the owner of the team decided to take the Eagle to become the Rieleros de Aguascalientes, in the early 80's the team returned to port Veracruz, and during that span the ninth had among its ranks the likes managers Pazos Fernando Sosa, Armando Rodriguez, "Beto" Avila, Mario Ariosa and Carlos Sosa Lagunes, but the team went unnoticed until season 1986, when at that time Evelio Brito, team owner dismantled the same mid-season to finally disappear him at the end of that campaign.

Emphasized during that period the likes of: George Brunet, Blas Santana, Fernando Elizondo, Vicente Palacios and Hector Madrigal and others.

Decade of the 90s[edit]

After an absence of six years, the Red Eagle returned to Veracruz in 1992 under the auspices of the organization of Vicente Perez Avellá, and with the support of Dante Delgado Rannauro governor at the time, Perez Avellá, kept the team competitively during the seasons of 1993 and 1994 .

In 1993, the Reds qualified for the postseason, but lost to the Diablos Rojos del Mexico by 4 games to 0 in the first round of play-off .

In 1994, the team qualified to play-off second in the South, and won the first postseason series in a "heart" to the Campeche Pirates of 4 games to 3 to a packed University Sports Park "Beto Ávila" which is the seat of Eagle since 1992, but fell sharply in the end zone before the Mexico Red Devils 4-0.

For the season of 1995, and without the support of the state governor then Patricio Chirinos Calero, the team was dismantled in mid-season, to finally migrate the port and become the Oilers Poza Rica to the campaign of 1996 .

During the period of 1992 to 1995, noted players as the Dominican Manny Hernandez, Miguel Muñoz, Juan Luevano, Leo Meza, Heriberto Garcia, the U.S. Matt Stark and Carlos "El Gato" Gastelum and others. In addition to the debut of Rodrigo Lopez in the LMB .

By the end of 1998, and the beginning of his term of governor Miguel Aleman Velasco, was announced the return of the Eagle after 4-year absence for the season 1999 of the LMB, the state government acquired the franchise of the Maya Chetumal . By orders of the governor, were appointed Antonio Chedraui Mafud as president of the organization, and Gustavo Souza Escamilla as the General Manager.

2000s[edit]

During the management of Antonio Chedraui and Gustavo Souza, is managed to qualify for the postseason on only two occasions, which were in the campaigns of the year 2000 and the year 2002 .

In 2000, the Eagle began giving a big surprise to get 2 sets to 0 on the mighty Red Devils of Mexico, but the Pingos won the next four games leaving the feathered out in the first round of the play-off .

In 2002, the Reds again rated the play-off, however the Port were swept by the Oaxaca Warriors 4 games to 0 in the first round of the Postseason.

During 1999 to 2004, highlighted some players like Eleazar Mora, Luis Fernando "Freckles" Morales, Alfredo "Tyson" Meza, the American Mark Whiten and Venezuelan Lino Connel among others.

By the end of 2004, at the beginning of his term of Governor Fidel Herrera Beltran, and after a series of rumors about the possible departure of the team once again the Port, the state government conducted a public opinion survey to determine the future team. At the end of the survey, it was determined that the team would still be owned by 51% to ensure they stay in Veracruz, and sold the remaining 49% stake in Grupo Empresarial Denim sports consultant whose Mansur was Jose Antonio Beltran, but this partnership with Denim Group lasted only one season, which was the year 2005, later leaving the team management in the hands of José Antonio Beltrán Mansur, owner of 49% shares of the club today.

During this administration, has been achieved only qualify for the playoffs only once, that it was in his first year of administration in the year 2005 .

In 2005, the "Eaglets" rated as sixth place in the South (In that season qualified 6 teams per zone), having a career "parejera" against the Pericos de Puebla to get the last ticket to the postseason, to which were left out by the domain tiebreaker between the teams, despite having had the same win-loss percentage between the two squads. However, the dream ended quickly for the locals to fall again by sweep against the Tigers Angelópolis 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs, adding to that 12-game losing streak in elimination play-off for the organization feathered.

During the current administration, the players who have excelled and have identified with the fans are the Dominican Otáñez Willis, Emigdio Lopez and Santiago "El Tato" Gonzalez . For the season 2008 the team reached the former "bigleaguer" Jose Offerman .

Current decade[edit]

So far in this decade, Eagle Reds have been light and shade with respect to their sports, as in the 2010 season had one of their worst seasons to obtain a record of 39 won by 66 lost, and a percentage of 371. Being also the penultimate of the league just above the Owls of Nuevo Laredo, which played .308 percentage. Despite the poor season, highlighted the Dominican Victor Diaz and Jorge Guzman, leader and deputy leader of runs in the LMB with 29 and 22 respectively. In addition, the Dominican was also the leader of careers produced with 96.

For the 2011 season, the Reds were in draft of players who made the LMB Francisco Mendez and Manuel Bobadilla, both from the Dorados de Chihuahua . subsequently made of the services of experienced pitcher Juan Acevedo. These reinforcements, combined with some good players already the club, made the Buenos Aires team got the third place in the South Zone with a record of 54 won by 49 lost, and a percentage of .524. Furthermore, the Eaglets were the best group in the league pitching with a 4.24 ERA. All this under the direction of Manager cardelense Daniel Fernandez, who was hired for this campaign.

In the single line for the second consecutive season the team Jarocho had among its ranks the leader runs the LMB, this time the Ensenada Jorge Guzman hit 39 homers. Worth mentioning that in addition to the home run lead, the "Black" won record of more Guzmán Home runs connected by an Eagle player, surpassing the 33 who had previously managed the Cuban Rogelio "Borrego" Alvarez in 1970, and American Mark Whiten in the 2001 season . In addition to Jorge Guzman who also managed 97 RBIs, some of the players who stood out in this campaign were Victor Diaz, who hit 34 homers and got 89 RBIs and the Pitcher Joel Vargas who scored 11 wins and an ERA of 3.60.

In the first round of the playoffs, the Red Bird faced the Campeche Pirates, whom he defeated in a tight series of 4 games to 3, achieving qualification for the Championship Series Southern Zone as a visitor, in the Estadio Nelson Barrera Romellón of Campeche, Campeche . Note that the Red Machine Port not won a playoff series since the campaign of 1994, which coincidentally defeated the Pirates in 7 games themselves, only on that occasion were classified as local in the University Sports Park "Beto Ávila" of Veracruz, Veracruz . Unfortunately in the Championship Series Southern Zone, locals Reds lost to the Quintana Roo Tigers for 4 games to 2, thus ending a great season for the club Veracruz .

At the conclusion of the regular role of the current 2012 season, the Buenos Aires team finished in second place in the South Zone with a record of 67 wins, 44 lost and a tie game for a percentage of .604, was also the best pitching group of the league with a 3.69 ERA, winning this department for the second consecutive season. Collective pitching also had 12 shutouts, while also achieving the league lead in this area. Another of the categories he won the pitching team were feathered with 990.2 innings pitched, and the saves with 36, the latter shared with the Olmec of Tabasco . It is noteworthy that the last time the squad porteña had played up to .600 was in 1952, 60 years ago when they were champions for the third time in the circuit.

In the single line, the pitcher mochitense Thomas Solis scored the lead with 2 shutouts, and games won at the end with 14-4 win-loss record, a title he shared (games won) with the pitcher Monterrey Humberto Montemayor the Rieleros de Aguascalientes, which ended with a 14-6 record. Besides also told the leader of the league saves in the person of Dominican Jailen Peguero, which won 35 rescues.

Apart from the three individual titles that got the feathered in the departments of shutouts, wins and saves, it is noteworthy that four of their starting pitchers (all season) the team gave him the opportunity to earn 41 wins out of 67 achieved in the tournament, and that apart from the 14 wins of Thomas Solis, Manuel Flores, who also emphasized won 11 games and lost 5, Victor Alvarez who won nine games and lost 2, and Rodolfo Aguirre won 7 games and lost 6, a revealing fact of good and consistent was the Red Bird pitching during the regular season.

Another point to note is that jarocha began the ninth season under Manager Puerto Rican Orlando Merced, which unfortunately was suspended by the league the rest of the campaign, by an act of indiscipline before the game between the Reds Eagle and the Diablos Rojos del Mexico, held on Sunday June 10 at the Foro Sol of Mexico City . Because of this situation, the former team's batting coach, Peter Mere Cardenas, had to take the helm of Veracruz ship. Postseason 2012

In the first round of the playoffs, the Eaglets defeated the Olmecs of Tabasco for 4 games to 1, thus achieving the ALCS contest the South Zone for the second consecutive season.

In the NLCS the South Zone, the Red Bird defeated the Tigres de Quintana Roo for 4 games to 2, reaching the Final Series of the Mexican Baseball League ("King Series") after 42 years of absence. It destarcar the great performance that had the pitcher Dominican Lorenzo Barcelo, who chiseled monticulares jewelry couple in the ALCS South Zone, to help Red Eagle to get your passport to Serie del Rey Mexican League Baseball.

In Serie del Rey, Eagle Reds faced the Rieleros de Aguascalientes, whom they defeated in a tight final series 4 games to 3, achieving Jarocho team win their sixth championship in the Mexican League . The MVP trophy went to the pitcher Dominican Lorenzo Barcelo, who won two key victories in Serie del Rey. The nomination for Barceló, who finished the playoffs with 6-0 record, was a distinction just over Veracruz Humberto Sosa, who wore five gunboat produced in Game 4 and key batazos in Game 6, in the voting the press.

Current roster[edit]

Rojos del Águila de Veracruz roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 31 Jose Cobos
  • 44 Rafael Cova
  • 22 Jose Dominguez Contreras
  • 70 Manuel Flores
  • 50 Salvador Gomez
  • 51 Leonardo Gonzalez
  • 27 Aldo Leyva
  • 13 Luis Macedo ∞
  • 52 Jose Marrujo
  • 34 Ignacio Montano
  • 33 Tomas Solis
  • 29 Edward Valdez
  • 99 Oscar Verdugo
  • 73 Daniel Zepeda ∞

Catchers

  • 50 Ignacio Cerda
  • 40 Leonardo Rodriguez
  • 54 Humberto Sosa

Infielders

  • 12 Sharnol Adriana
  • 38 Alex Cabrera
  • 14 José Castillo
  • 23 Humberto Castro
  • 72 Refugio Cervantes
  •  2 Jose Guadalupe Chavez
  • 18 Carlos Esqueda
  •  5 Alejandro Rivero
  •  4 Issmael Salas

Outfielders

  • 24 Jorge Guzman
  • 49 Eliezer Ortiz
  • 19 Enrique Osorio

Manager

Coaches



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§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
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Roster updated April 13, 2014
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