Mexican Baseball League to expand from 16 to 18 teams as nation plans major baseball boost

Mexican Baseball League to expand from 16 to 18 teams as nation plans major baseball boost
09/12/2020
The new teams will be Los Mariachis de Jalisco and El Aguila de Veracruz. Mexican President López Obrador also announces new sports city that includes 20 baseball fields

The Mexican Baseball League (LMB, Liga Mexicana de Béisbol) was forced to cancel its 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and now LMB is planning a big come back. The top-tier league and WBSC Associate Member is expanding the pool of participating teams from 16 to 18 for the 2021 season.

The President of the Federal Republic of Mexico Andrés Manuel LOPEZ OBRADOR (known in Mexico as AMLO), together with LMB president Horacio de la Vega, met the leaders of the two new teams, Los Mariachis de Guadalajara and El Águila de Veracruz.

AMLO announced during the meeting that the government plans to build a sports city on the site that was supposed to host the new Internacional Airport in Mexico City (NAIM, Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México). It will include 20 baseball fields.

The construction of NAIM was announced in 2014 by President Enrique PENA NIETO (or EPN) and interrupted in 2018 by the current government. AMLO's administration plans to build the new international airport at Santa Lucia airbase, Mexico City north.