Wildcats to miss Mexican Baseball Fiesta

UA baseball pulls out of annual event for second consecutive year

Wildcats to miss Mexican Baseball Fiesta
Thousands come out in Tucson every year to celebrate baseball and culture (Source: Mexican Baseball Fiesta)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Arizona Wildcats will not be appearing in the Mexican Baseball Fiesta in October.

UA Baseball released a pair of tweets on the matter Thursday but other than that said they will have no other comment.

This was the second year the Cats were to have participated in the annual event that brings in teams from the Mexican Pacific Winter League and MLB Arizona Instructional leagues.

Mexican Baseball Fiesta president Mike Feder says this year’s tournament unfortunately ended up not matching up within the Wildcats’ NCAA-mandated 45-day Fall practice window.

College programs are allowed a 45-day period in which they can practice during the week and play intrasquad games on weekends.

The rest of the fall semester is limited to the 8-hour a week rule in which only two of those eight hours can be devoted to baseball specific activities with the rest of the hours dedicated primarily to weight-training.

Arizona generally conducts what they call their Fall World Series on the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The Fall World Series marks the end of Fall Camp and thus is likely at the end of the allowed 45-day period.

If that’s the case, the 45-day window would begin on October 11 this year, ending on November 24.

The Mexican Baseball Fiesta is schedule to begin on Thursday October 3.

“The Cats were told they couldn’t play outside the window,” Feder indicated in an email to KOLD. “Jay Johnson was bummed out.”

This year’s tournament will be held at Kino Stadium and will feature Hermosillo, Obregon, Mexicali, Navojoa, Los Mochis, and Culiacan.

Thursday, October 3

  • Obregon vs. Los Mochis (5:30 p.m.)
  • Hermosillo vs. Culiacan

Friday, October 4

  • Mexicali vs. Culiacan (5:30 p.m.)
  • Obregon vs. Hermosillo

Saturday, October 5

  • Culiacan vs. Mesa Solar Sox (Arizona Fall League – top prospects from Cubs, Red Sox, Angels, A’s and Tigers) (5:30 p.m.)
  • Obregon vs. Hermosillo

Sunday, October 6

  • Obregon vs. Los Mochis (3:30 p.m.)
  • Navojoa vs. Hermosillo

Extra Dates:

Kino Sports Complex Field

  • Thursday, October 3 Los Mochis vs. Mexicali at – TBA
  • Saturday, October 5 Los Mochis vs. Mexicali at – TBA
  • Sunday, October 6 Culiacan vs. Mexicali at 11:00 am

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