Tigres de Quintana Roo
|Tigres de Quintana Roo|
|League||Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Zona Sur)|
|Location||Cancún, Quintana Roo|
|Ballpark||Estadio de Béisbol Beto Ávila|
|Nickname(s)||"El equipo que nació campeón"|
|League championships||12 (1955, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2015)|
|Division championships||18 (1955, 1956, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1982, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)|
|Former name(s)||Tigres de la Angelopolis|
|Colors||Navy blue, orange, white|
|Ownership||Fernando Valenzuela and Linda Burgos|
|General Manager||Francisco Minjarez García|
|President||Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez Meza|
The Quintana Roo Tigers (Spanish: Tigres de Quintana Roo) also known as the Mexico Tigers (Spanish: Tigres del México) are a Triple-A Minor League Baseball team located in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The team is part of the Southern Division (Zona Sur) of the Mexican Baseball League. The Tigres were founded in Mexico City in 1955 and played there through the 2006 season. The team was founded by industrial businessman Alejo Peralta and owned by his son, Carlos Peralta, for a long time. The team was purchased by Major League Baseball All-Star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela in 2017.
They have a competitive and long-standing rivalry known as the Guerra Civil (Civil War) against their former crosstown rivals the Diablos Rojos del Mexico. The Tigres won the Mexican League championship in their inaugural season, an achievement that has never been matched, and was dubbed: "El equipo que nació campeón" (English: The team that was born as champion). The Tigres are a perennial powerhouse and have won 18 division and 12 league championships since their inception.
On April 14, 1955, the Tigres made their debut at Julio Molina's baseball park in Mérida, Yucatán. Their inaugural game represented the determination of entrepreneurs Don Alejo Peralta and Díaz Cevallos to support the sport that by then was submerged in a financial crisis.
The team has won twelve championships to date: 1955, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2013, and 2015.
50th anniversary season
In commemoration of their first 50 years of competition, an alternate logo was designed in 2005. The Tigres played their 50th season relying only on Mexican players, making 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 began play in 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 five championships as player. The 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, in 2011, when the team reached the final once more, this time facing their perennial rival: the Diablos Rojos del Mexico.
In 2011, the Tigres and Diablos would play their eighth finals series against each other since 1966. The 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.
Despite injuries to key Tigres players, the team won its eleventh championship against the Sultanes de Monterrey, 4–1, in a best-out-of-seven series.
Logos and colors
Tigres de Quintana Roo roster
Mexican Baseball Hall of Famers
The following Hall of Famers played and/or managed for the Tigres.
|Name||Position||Year of induction||Reference|
|Arnoldo "Kiko" Castro||Second baseman||1995|||
|Aurelio Rodríguez||Third baseman||1995|||
|Benjamín Cerda||Third baseman||2007|||
|Beto Ávila||Second baseman||1971|
|Celerino Sánchez||Third baseman||1994|
|Felipe Montemayor||Center fielder||1983|
|Fermín "Burbuja" Vázquez||Second baseman||2003|
|Francisco "Chico" Rodríguez||Shortstop||2004|
|Guillermo "Memo" Garibay||Manager||1977|
|Jack Pierce||First baseman||2001|
|José Bache||Second baseman||1983|
|Leonardo "Leo" Rodríguez||Third baseman||1980|
|Miguel Suarez||Right fielder||1994|
|Miguel Fernández Becerril||Center fielder||1984|
|Oscar Rodríguez||Center fielder||1993|
|Roberto Méndez||Second baseman||2000|
|Rodolfo "Rudy" Sandoval||Catcher||2001|
|Ronaldo "Ronnie" Camacho||First baseman||1983|
- Julio Franco (First Baseman)
- Fernando "el Pulpo" Remes (Shortstop)
- Ismael Valdez (Pitcher)
- Pablo Ortega (Pitcher)
- Karim García (Outfielder)
- Jorge Cantú (Infielder)
- Daryle Ward (First baseman/Outfielder)
- Ravelo, Vania (20 August 2011). "Tambores de guerra" (in Spanish). El Universal. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
- "Tigres celebra con su afición" (in Spanish). La Aficion. 28 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- 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.
- "Biografías - Alejo Peralta y Díaz de Ceballos" (in Spanish). Monterrey, Mexico: Salón de la Fama del Beisbol Profesional de México. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- "Biografías - Arnoldo "Kiko" Castro" (in Spanish). Monterrey, Mexico: Salón de la Fama del Beisbol Profesional de México. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- "Biografías - Aurelio Rodríguez" (in Spanish). Monterrey, Mexico: Salón de la Fama del Beisbol Profesional de México. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- "Biografías - Benjamín Cerda" (in Spanish). Monterrey, Mexico: Salón de la Fama del Beisbol Profesional de México. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- Official website (in Spanish)