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Naranjeros de Hermosillo

Naranjeros de Hermosillo

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Naranjeros de Hermosillo is a Mexican baseball team belonging to the Mexican Pacific League (PML), hosted in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. It has 15 championships in its history within the league (the top winner in this circuit), and one in the Caribbean Series from 1976 – the first Mexican team to obtain such a title. It is also the top winner in Mexican baseball (and sports, for that matter): with 15 titles in the Pacific Mexican League, 3 in the Coast League and 1 in the Caribbean Series for a total of 18 national and 1 international titles. It was the first Mexican team to participate in a Caribbean series in 1971 and the city of Hermosillo was the first to host a Caribbean Series in 1974.
Estadio Sonora, the home base for the Naranjeros, was inaugurated on February 1st for the Caribbean Series in 2013. It has a 16,000-people seating capacity.
Naranjeros de Hermosillo was founded in 1944. As a pioneer in Mexican Pacific baseball, it has been a member of this league from the beginning – and the only one that has played every season. It started out under the name «Queliteros», subsequently «Presidentes», and as of the 50s they are known as «Naranjeros» (Orange growers) due to the large amount of orange trees existing in Hermosillo at the time.
Naranjeros has had outstanding figures in their ranks. Apart from Héctor Espino, the orange shirt has been worn by such stars as Vinicio Castilla, Erubiel Durazo, Ángel Moreno, Cornelio García, Francisco Barrios, Maximino León, Celerino Sánchez, Sergio "Kaliman" Robles, Miguel "Pilo" Gaspar, Francisco "Chico" Rodríguez, José Luis "Borrego" Sandoval, Elmer Dessens, Jorge de la Rosa, Edgar González, Karím García, as well as the only Mexican manager that has had the chance to coach in the Major Leagues, Benjamín "Cananea" Reyes, without leaving behind Fernando Valenzuela, who was a part of the champion team in 2000-2001, and a back-up in the 1982 Caribbean series held in Hermosillo.
Not only have the best Mexican baseball players participated in the “Hermosillo Ninth”, but so have foreign Major-League figures such as Curt Schilling, Dimitri Young, Chester Lemon, Bob Darwin, Larry Walker, Jerry Hairston (senior and junior), Elliott Wills, Dennis Otoole, Jack Pierce, Chris Nyman, and Orestes "Minnie" Miñoso, Trenidad Hubbard, among many others.

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