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  • Mexican professional baseball coming to Kino Sports Complex

    Jan 14, 2015 | Read More News
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    kino sports complexThe Pima County Stadium District and M1 Baseball, LLC have finalized a deal to bring professional baseball to Kino Sports Complex in 2015.

    "We are excited about our new partnership with M1 Baseball, LLC and happy to host Spring Training games plus a Baseball Academy here at Kino," said Chris Bartos, Stadium District director.
    Four teams are scheduled to train in Tucson and play in a series of 12 exhibition games at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium during March. Each organization is part of the LMB (Liga Mexicana De Beisbol) a triple-A class league of Mexico.  

    M1 Baseball is in discussions with Major League Baseball’s spring training Cactus League to possibly schedule games between the two leagues. Among the teams M1 Baseball is bringing to Tucson are the Toros de Tijuana (Tijuana, Baja California), Tigres de Quintana Roo (Cancun, Quintana Roo), the Piratas de Campeche (Campeche, Campeche Mexico), and the Rojos de Aguila de Veracruz (Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico).  

    Coaches and players will report for training Feb. 26. Game one of the 12-game Spring Training series starts March 13. The series will include double-header games played over the last three weekends in March. Game-day promotions will include Mexican food, beer specials, live music, team mascots and activities for the kids. All training and games will be televised throughout Mexico and in the southern United States via a baseball television program owned and operated by the Aguila de Veracruz team. 

    Tickets will be sold at the Kino Box Office, 2500 E. Ajo Way, on game days. More information about how to purchase advance sale tickets will be available soon.

    Besides Spring Training baseball games at Kino Sports Complex, M1 Baseball will operate an eight-month Baseball Academy to develop 25 elite baseball players. The primary purpose of the camp is to groom these athletes for the big leagues in both the U.S. and Mexico. MLB scouts looking for prospects and recruits will be making a stop in Tucson to watch these players as they develop.