Tomateros de Culiacán

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Tomateros de Culiacan
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Information
LeagueMexican Pacific League
LocationCuliacan, Sinaloa
BallparkEstadio General Ángel Flores (1965–2015)
Estadio Tomateros (2015–present)
Year founded1970
League championships(11) 1966–67, 1969–70, 1977–78, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2014–15, 2017–18
Caribbean Series championships(2) 1996, 2002
ColorsMaroon, white
         
OwnershipHéctor Ley López
ManagerBenji Gil
General ManagerMario Valdez
Websitewww.tomateros.com.mx

The Tomateros de Culiacán (English: Culiacán Tomato Growers) are a baseball team in the Mexican Pacific League. Based in Culiacán, the Tomateros have won eleven domestic titles and two Caribbean World Series, in 1996 and in 2002. The team was founded in 1965 as part of the Sonora-Sinaloa League.

History[edit]

Professional baseball in Culiacán dates back to 1945, when the first team was created the Tacuarineros. This club played in the now-defunct Liga de la Costa del Pacífico (Pacific Coast League). Tomateros de Culiacán was founded in 1965 and started playing in the Liga de la Costa (Coastal League), this league is also now defunct.[1]

2001–2002 season[edit]

The 2001–2002 season was a gold year not only for the Tomateros, but also for México, as they won the 2002 Caribbean Series held at Caracas, Venezuela with big leaguers as Rodrigo López, Oliver Perez, Luis Ayala, José Silva and Benji Gil, as well as with Adán Amezcua, who earned Series MVP honors.

Honours[edit]

Mexican Pacific League championships[edit]

The Tomateros have won a 11 Mexican Pacific League Championships. Their most recent one came in the 2017–18 season, when they defeated Mayos de Navojoa in six games under manager Benji Gil.

Season Manager Opponent Series score Record
1966–67 Vinicio García [note 1] 55–33–1
1969–70 Vinicio García Cañeros de Los Mochis 4–2 36–27–1
1977–78 Raúl Cano Cañeros de Los Mochis 4–2 42–31–1
1982–83 Francisco Estrada Naranjeros de Hermosillo 4–2 37–33–1
1984–85 Francisco Estrada Águilas de Mexicali 4–3 37–34–1
1995–96 Francisco Estrada Venados de Mazatlán 4–1 29–27–2
1996–97 Francisco Estrada Naranjeros de Hermosillo 4–2 38–24
2001–02 Francisco Estrada Venados de Mazatlán 4–2 41–27
2003–04 Francisco Estrada Yaquis de Ciudad Obregón 4–1 38–30
2014–15 Benji Gil Charros de Jalisco 4–1 38–30
2017–18 Benji Gil Mayos de Navojoa 4–3 39–29

Caribbean Series championships[edit]

The Tomateros have won the Caribbean Series twice in 1996 and 2002, both under Francisco Estrada.

Year Manager Record
Dominican Republic 1996 Francisco Estrada 5–1
Venezuela 2002 Francisco Estrada 5–1

Roster[edit]

Tomateros de Culiacán roster
Players Coaches

Pitchers

  • 17 Mexico Édgar Arredondo
  • 51 Panama Alberto Baldonado
  • 50 Mexico Manny Barreda
  • 38 Mexico Jesús Adrián Castillo
  • 67 United States Casey Coleman
  • 54 Mexico Édgar González
  • 52 Mexico David Gutiérrez
  • 64 United States Jeff Johnson
  • 26 Mexico Mauricio Lara
  • 15 United States Derrick Loop
  • 22 Mexico Andrés Iván Meza
  • 37 Mexico Aldo Montes
  •  1 Mexico Juan Ramón Noriega
  • 11 Mexico Daniel Rodríguez
  • 45 Mexico Gerardo Sánchez
  •  8 Mexico Gonzalo Sañudo

[1] updated on 21 December 2018

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

  • 48 Mexico Francisco Campos (Bullpen)
  • 60 Puerto Rico Dalphie Correa (Third Base)
  • 46 Mexico Martín Enríquez (Pitching)
  • 39 Mexico Heriberto García (First Base)
  •  7 United States Darrell Sherman (Hitting)

Notable players[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The champion was the team placed first in the standings at the end of the season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historia de los Tomateros de Culiacán" (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2019.

External links[edit]