Tigres de Quintana Roo
|Tigres de Quintana Roo|
|Founded in 1955
Cancún, Quintana Roo
|Owner(s)/Operated By: Grupo IUSA, S.A. de C.V.|
|General Manager: Francisco Minjarez García|
|Manager: Roberto Vizcarra|
|Media: Diez, XECTL 860AM|
The Quintana Roo Tigers (Spanish: Tigres de Quintana Roo) also known as Mexico Tigers (Spanish: Tigres del México) is a Triple-A baseball team located in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The team is part of the Southern Division (Zona Sur) of the Mexican Baseball League. Tigres has a competitive and long-standing rivalry known as Guerra Civil (Civil War) against Diablos Rojos del Mexico.
Tigres was founded in Mexico City in 1955 by industrial businessman Alejo Peralta and it is currently owned by his son Carlos Peralta. Tigres won the Mexican League championship in its inaugural season, an achievement that has never been matched, and is dubbed: "El equipo que nació campeón" (English: The team that was born as champion).
On April 14, 1955 Tigres made its debut at Julio Molina's baseball park in Mérida, Yucatán. Their inaugural game represented the hard determination of entrepreneur Don Alejo Peralta y Díaz Cevallos to support the sport that by then was submerged in a financial crisis.
The team has won eleven championships to date. (1955, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2013)
50th anniversary season
In commemoration of the first 50 years of its foundation an alternate logo was designed. The Tigres played their 50th season relying only on Mexican players, and that made the championship more significant. Furthermore, the 2005 season was named "Ing. Alejo Peralta" in memory of the Tigres' founder, and father of the current owner.
New home for 2007
At the end of the 2006 season, the club's president Carlos Peralta announced that the team would move to the city of Cancún, Quintana Roo. The team was renamed the Quintana Roo Tigres, and play in the Beto Avila Stadium.
Carrillo and Vizcarra era (2009-present)
For the 2009 season, Enrique "Che" Reyes was replaced by Matías Carrillo as manager. Carrillo, a former major league player for the Florida Marlins, had been a successful player for Tigres from the late 1990s to the mid-2000s having won 5 championships as player. Tigres continued to be a competitive squad under Carrillo and reached the 2009 final series, but lost to Saraperos de Saltillo. It was two years later, until the 2011 season, when Tigres reached the final once more, this time facing their perennial rival: Diablos Rojos del Mexico.
Tigres and Diablos would play their 8th final series against each other since 1966. Tigres entered the 2011 series as an underdog. Nevertheless, the best-out-of-seven series ended with a 4-0 sweep against Diablos before a sell-out crowd (with a large presence of Tigres supporters) at Foro Sol.
Tigres overcame the odds (due to key injuries) to win its 11th championship against Sultanes de Monterrey with a 4-1 record in a best-out-of-seven series.
Logos and colors
Quintana Roo Tigres roster
Mexican Baseball Hall of Famers
The following Hall of Famers played and/or managed for Tigres.
- Julio Franco (First Baseman)
- Fernando "el Pulpo" Remes (Shortstop)
- Ismael Valdez (Pitcher)
- Pablo Ortega (Pitcher)
- Karim García (Outfielder)
- Jorge Cantú (Infielder)
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- Bencomo, Héctor (21 August 2011). "Se abrirá el infierno" (in Spanish). Vanguardia. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
- Rodriguez, Salvador (26 August 2011). "Los Tigres dedican triunfo a Matías Carrillo y a todo Cancún" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 August 2011.
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- "Biografías - Benjamín Cerda" (in Spanish). Monterrey, Mexico: Salón de la Fama del Beisbol Profesional de México. Retrieved 26 July 2011.