By Neal Erickson
If you love baseball, or simply desire a pleasant break from more typical tourist activities while in Oaxaca de Juarez, make your way to Eduardo Vasconcelos Stadium (Estadio deI Béisbol Lic. Eduardo Vasconcelos) for a professional baseball game. The Oaxaca Guerreros (Warriors) of the Mexican League South Zone make their home there, and have been entertaining locals with quality professional AAA baseball since 1996. At prices ranging from 10 to 70 pesos for admission, it’s an entertainment bargain.
The season runs March through August and playoffs are in September. Monday through Friday games are at 7pm, except double headers which start at 2pm. Saturday and Sunday games are at 2pm, with double headers starting at noon.
A big year for the Oaxaca Guerreros was 1998, they had their first (and only) League Championship, sweeping the Monclova Steelers in the final series. They have continued to play competitively in the League, although another Championship has eluded them.
The Guerreros play under the auspices of Minor League Baseball (MiLB.com), the international organization that governs the professional level of the game below Major League Baseball. AAA teams are the most talented of the Minor League. Many professional Major League players had their start playing for a time in the Minor League system. Some Minor league teams are even owned by Major League teams but the Gurreros are not, however this does not prevent talented players from being scouted and advancing to the Majors.
The stadium, named for the Governor of Oaxaca from 1947-1950, has been recently remodeled, featuring a FieldTurf modern playing surface and electronic scoreboard, and accomodating 7,200 fans. It is located about 15 blocks northwest of the Zocalo on Niños Heroes de Chapultepec. The team mascot “Tato” and the cheerleaders “Las Gerreritas” add to the entertainment and fun before and during the games. While in Oaxaca de Juarez, an afternoon at the ball game can provide an exciting and memorable experience.