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Play ball: Charros de Jalisco off to winning start

Expectations are high for the Charros de Jalisco after the Guadalajara-based ball club recorded a win in their home opener to the 2017-18 season of the winter Mexican Pacific League (LMP).

pg1cAn enthusiastic full house at the Charros Stadium in Zapopan saw Tapatio boxing legend Saul “Canelo” Alvarez throw out the first pitch before the local ball club squeezed out  a 7-6 win over the Venados de Mazatlan.

The team was given a pep talk by Jalisco Governor Aristoteles Sandoval – a huge baseball fan – prior to the game.

Thursday evening’s victory followed on the heels of a tight 5-4 triumph in the Charros’ season opener on the road in Mazatlan a day earlier.

The promising 2-0 start to the season sets up a three-game home series against the Yaquis de Obregon this weekend.  Tickets are likely to be at a premium, since online sales prior to the opener were only offered as a four-game package.

The pressure on the Charros to be in contention for the title is fierce, given that the winner of this year’s LMP will represent Mexico in the Series de Caribe, which will be held at the Charros Stadium in Zapopan next March.

The Charros have hired six foreign ball players – including some ferocious big hitters – in a major off-season effort to wipe away the memories of last term, when the team finished rock bottom of the eight-club league.

First baseman Brock Stassi played in 51 games for the Philadelphia Phillies this year, batting .194, after making his MLB debut on April 3 (opening day).

“Just because you arrive here with a major league ‘label’ doesn’t mean things are going to be easy,” Stassi said. “Every opportunity to play outside the United Sates will be a great help to improve my skills. It’s all about working and improving each day.”

pg1dFirst baseman Matt Clark and outfielder Chris Colabello, both professional U.S. ball players with extensive minor league experience, have already enjoyed successful seasons in the country’s summer competition, the Liga Mexican de Beisbol (LMB).  Meanwhile, lead off man Billy Burns (.270)  has 46 stolen bases and 55 RBIs in four seasons with the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics.

Sandoval said he anticipates a successful season and has great fait in the new manager Tony Taracsco.

Taracsco – who played for six MLB clubs during his career and is a former first base coach for the Washington Nationals – brings “a U.S. mentality” to his work, according to Charros’s Sporting Director Ray Padilla.

Each home game of the season will have a different novelty, such as mariachi, fireworks, bobblehead, 2x1 deals (ladies/students), free balls/pins for kids, piñatas, and more.

The Estadio de Beisbol Charros is located at Calle Sta. Lucía 373, Col. Tepeyac, a few blocks from the Auditorio Telmex. Parking is available in the auditorium’s lot.  Tickets for games are available prior to games at the stadium box office, at the gate or through charrosjalisco.com.   

Charros’ Home Games Season 2017-18

Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m. vs. Venados de Mazatlan

Friday, October 13, 7 p.m. vs. Yaquis de Obregon

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Saturday, October 14, 5 p.m. vs. Yaquis de Obregon

 

Sunday, October 15, 1 p.m. vs. Yaquis de Obregon

Tuesday, October 24, 7 p.m. vs. Aguilas de Mexicali

Wednesday, October 25, 7 p.m. vs. Aguilas de Mexicali

Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m. vs. Aguilas de Mexicali

Friday, October 27, 7 p.m. vs. Venados de Mazatlan

Saturday, October 28, 5 p.m. vs. Venados de Mazatlan

Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. vs. Venados de Mazatlan

Friday, November 3, 7 p.m. vs. Mayos de Navojoa

Saturday, November 4, 5 p.m. vs. Mayos de Navojoa

Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. vs. Mayos de Navojoa

Tuesday, November 14, 7 p.m. vs. Cañeros de Los Mochis

Wednesday, November 15, 7 p.m. vs. Cañeros de Los Mochis

Thursday, November 16, 7 p.m. vs. Cañeros de Los Mochis

Friday, November 17, 7 p.m. vs. Tomateros de Culiacan

Saturday, November 18, 5 p.m. vs. Tomateros de Culiacan

Sunday, November 19, 1 p.m. vs. Tomateros de Culiacan

Tuesday, November 28, 7 p.m. vs. Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m. vs. Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Thursday, November 30, 7 p.m. vs. Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Tuesday, December 5, 7 p.m. vs. Aguilas de Mexicali

Wednesday, December 6, 7 p.m. vs. Aguilas de Mexicali

Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m. vs. Aguilas de Mexicali

Friday, December 8, 7 p.m. vs. Cañeros de Los Mochis

Saturday, December 9, 5 p.m. vs. Cañeros de Los Mochis

Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. vs. Cañeros de Los Mochis

Tuesday, December 19, 7 p.m. vs. Venados de Mazatlan

Wednesday, December 20, 7 p.m. vs. Venados de Mazatlan

Thursday, December 21, 7 p.m. vs. Venados de Mazatlan

Friday, December 22, 7 p.m. vs. Mayos de Navojoa

Saturday, December 23, 5 p.m. vs. Mayos de Navojoa

Monday, December 25, 7 p.m. vs. Mayos de Navojoa

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