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 Parque Kukulcán Alamo
Year founded 1954
League championships 3 (1957, 1984, 2006)
Division championships 6 (1984, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2006, 2007)
Former ballparks
Colors Green, orange, white
              
Ownership Propasa-Dunosusa
Manager Wilfredo Romero
General Manager José Rivero
Website leonesdeyucatan.com.mx

The Leones de Yucatán (English: Yucatán Lions) are a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team which plays in the Mexican League. Their home games are played at Parque Kukulcán Alamo (Kukulcán Park) in Mérida, Yucatán.

History[edit]

Mexican League premiere[edit]

The Yucatán Lions were founded in 1954 under the leadership of Alvaro Ponce Vidiella and Humberto "Beto" Abimerhi Abimerhi. The team's entry to the Mexican League was announced on January 5, 1954. The team nickname is a reference to the name of the beer company built by the Ponce family. The Leones opened the season on April 17 at the newly built Carta Clara Park, 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]

After the 1969 season, filmmaker Manuel Barbachano Yucatán Ponce, moved the Pericos de Puebla franchise to Mérida, renaming it the Leones. In the opening game of the 1970 season on March 18 the Leones beat the Rojos del Águila de Veracruz, 4–1. The franchise remained in 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 five expansion teams for the 1979 season. One of the expansion teams was awarded to Yucatán.[2]

On March 16, 1979, the Leones officially returned to the Mexican League when they opened the season at the Cafeteros de Córdoba and lost 10–4. The Leones finished fifth in the Southern Division with 62 wins and 69 losses. Rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who later became a star in Major League Baseball, played for the Leones in 1979. Valenzuela had a win–loss record of 10–12 with an earned run average (ERA) of 2.42 and allowed only 70 walks while striking out 141 batters in 181 innings, catching the attention of the Los Angeles Dodgers with whom he would play from 1980 to 1990.

Rivalries[edit]

Piratas de Campeche[edit]

Since they began play 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
  • 3 Mercedes Esquer Llanes
  • 15 Juan Fernando Villaescusa Elías
  • 17 Carlos Paz González
  • 18 Ray Torres
  • 19 Ricardo Conde Hernández
  • 21 Héctor Espino González
  • 29 Leonel Aldama Rossel

Current roster[edit]

Leones de Yucatán roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Andres Avila
  • 38 Eduardo Alvarez
  • 23 Jesus Barraza
  • 99 Ronald Belisario
  • 49 Jonathan Castellanos
  • 65 Maikel Cleto
  • 28 Juan Delgadillo
  • 50 Mario Meza
  • 25 Yoanner Negrin
  • 37 Edgar Osuna
  • 77 Carlos Pech
  • 45 Francisco Rodriguez
  • 58 Isaac Rodriguez
  •  6 Manuel Rodriguez ∞
  • 55 Jose Samayoa
  • 52 Alejandro Soto

Catchers

  • 56 Sergio Burruel
  • 57 Hector Paez
  • 54 Humberto Sosa

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

  • -- Wilfredo Romero

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list

# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated June 27, 2017
Transactions
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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mexican League (AA) Encyclopedia and History". BaseballReference.com. 
  2. ^ "Historia del Club Los Leones en Liga Mexicana". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 

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