International Series – Obregon vs. Mexicali – precursor to Mexican Pacific League expanding to Tucson?

A Mexican Pacific League (Liga Mexicana del Pacifico – LMP) franchise in Tucson could be like the MLB including a team in Toronto.

Southern Arizona baseball fans might soon have an LMP team to support.

The Mexican Baseball Fiesta has scheduled the International Series on Nov. 11-13 at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium that will feature two teams in the Mexican Pacific Winter League (Liga ARCO Mexicana del Pacifico).

The series between the Yaquis de Obregon and Aguilas de Mexicali marks the first time Mexican professional baseball league regular-season games will be played in the United States.

“These games will have future economic ramifications for Southern Arizona with the hope of future LMP expansion to Tucson,” a Mexican Baseball Fiesta press release states.

All three games will be broadcast live throughout Mexico on Extrabase.TV on Sky. The schedule of games between Mexicali and Obregon (the home team):

Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:10 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5:10 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 13 at 5:10 p.m.

Ticket prices are box seats – $20,

General admission – $15

Youths (6-16) / seniors (65+) / military – $8 (under 6 is free).

Tickets can be purchased online at MexicanBaseballFiesta.com or in person at the Kino Stadium ticket office starting Monday, Nov. 7. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Yaquis de Obregon and Aguilas de Mexicali rosters include players with local ties as well as players with MLB experience.

Luis Gamez, a Cienega High School graduate, is a starting pitcher for the Yaquis. Obregon’s roster also includes former Arizona Wildcat Jared Oliva, who spent part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and former big-leaguers Arturo Lopez and Allen Cordoba.

The Aguilas’ roster includes ex-big-leaguers Scott Schebler and Chris Roberson as well as Seth Blair, a former first-round pick out of Arizona State. 

“A lot of people in the United States don’t understand that the Mexican Winter League’s has really good talent,” said Mike Feder, President of the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, in the release. “We feel honored that the Yaquis are giving us that opportunity to showcase that talent. The atmosphere will be electric at Kino Stadium, just like it always is at the Fiesta! There will be a lot of eyeballs in Mexico watching to see if we are a viable option for a future LMP expansion franchise.”

Information on the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, LLC is available at its Web site, on Facebook at Mexican Baseball Fiesta; on Twitter at @MexBaseballFsta in English, Instagram – Mexicanbaseballfiesta. The phone number at Kino Stadium is (520) 222-1008.

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