Pinpointing the exact time baseball came to Mexico is a matter of debate. The game was first introduced during the entry of the United States Armed Forces in the latter half of the 19th century and has become wildly popular since then especially in the northern region of the country in states such as Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Baja California.

Mexico is currently ranked No. 6 in the world by the WBSC and No. 12 in the world by the IBAF. The Mexican National Team finished in 11th place in the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup after going undefeated in the first round of play. The team also earned bronze medals in the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games and the Pan American Games and a bronze medal in 2007 at the Pan American Games. In the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Mexico finished Round One at the top of its pool finishing 2-1 and later eliminated in Round Two after losing to Korea and Japan. In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Team Mexico advanced to Round Two, but was defeated by Korea and Cuba to finish in 8th place. In 2013 Team Mexico was eliminated in the first round after losing to Italy and Canada, which made them have to qualify in 2016 for the 2017 Classic.

Team Mexico experienced a rollercoaster ride in the 2017 tournament, suffering a dramatic opening loss to the Italians before earning a hard-fought win over Venezuela in front of the home faithful. But tiebreakers vaulted Venezuela past Mexico.
First Round (Round Robin)
Pool D: Jalisco Estadio Charros de Jalisco
Gm 1 ita
Thu, Mar 9
9:00 PM EST
Thu, Mar 9
8:00 PM CDT
Gm 4 mex
Sat, Mar 11
9:30 PM EST
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 PM CDT
Gm 6 ven
Sun, Mar 12
10:00 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 12
8:00 PM CDT
2016 Qualifiers
Qualifier 2: Mexicali Estadio B-Air
Gm 2 mex
Thu, Mar 17
10:30 PM EDT
Thu, Mar 17
7:30 PM PDT
Gm 4 mex
Fri, Mar 18
10:30 PM EDT
Fri, Mar 18
7:30 PM PDT
Gm 6 mex
Sun, Mar 20
10:00 PM EDT
Sun, Mar 20
7:00 PM PDT


Pool D: Jalisco Estadio Charros de Jalisco

Puerto Rico (3-0) and Venezuela (2-2) advance to Pool F: San Diego -- See tiebreaker rules here »

Rank Team W L
1 Puerto Rico pur 3 0
2 Venezuela ven 2 2
3 Italy ita 1 3
4 Mexico mex 1 2


Nuno returns to club from Team Mexico

Left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno left the Orioles for Team Mexico on March 5, and 10 days later, he's back after Mexico was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic.

Statement issued on Pool D tiebreaker ruling

Following Sunday night's World Baseball Classic game between Mexico and Venezuela, which Mexico won, 11-9, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) issued a "final and binding determination" on the Pool D tiebreaker ruling that resulted in Venezuela playing Italy on Monday night to determine which team will join Puerto Rico in Round 2. Mexico was eliminated from the tournament.

Mexico edges Venezuela but out of Classic

In a wild game with huge implications for Pool D of the World Baseball Classic, Mexico held off Venezuela in an 11-9 victory on Sunday night at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco. As a result, Mexico, Venezuela and Italy all finished with records of 1-2 in pool play.

Classic officials address stadium incident in Mexico

A fracas in the stands between fans near the area designated for family members of Team Puerto Rico brought the entire team out of the dugout and onto the warning track in the outfield near the third-base line during Saturday's matchup between Puerto Rico and Mexico at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco. World Baseball Classic Inc., the joint MLB-MLBPA organization that oversees the tournament, released a statement about the incident on Sunday.


# Name B/T Height Weight Birth Date
31 Miguel Aguilar* L-L 5'11" 180lbs. 09/26/1991
49 Jose Rafael De Paula R-R 6'2" 215lbs. 03/24/1991
97 Barry Enright R-R 6'3" 220lbs. 03/30/1986
94 Trevor Frank R-R 6'0" 195lbs. 06/23/1991
49 Yovani Gallardo R-R 6'2" 205lbs. 02/27/1986
28 Giovanny Gallegos R-R 6'2" 210lbs. 08/14/1991
58 Miguel Gonzalez R-R 6'1" 180lbs. 05/27/1984
98 Trey McNutt R-R 6'4" 220lbs. 08/02/1989
96 Francisco Mendoza R-R 6'0" 205lbs. 12/07/1987
39 Luis Mendoza* R-R 6'3" 245lbs. 10/31/1983
18 Roberto Osuna* R-R 6'2" 215lbs. 02/07/1995
46 Oliver Perez L-L 6'3" 225lbs. 08/15/1981
10 Daniel Rodriguez L-L 5'11" 195lbs. 12/11/1984
54 Sergio Romo R-R 5'11" 185lbs. 03/04/1983
59 Fernando Salas R-R 6'2" 200lbs. 05/30/1985
55 Jake Sanchez R-R 6'1" 205lbs. 08/19/1989
00 Jake Smith R-R 6'4" 190lbs. 06/02/1990
48 Joakim Soria R-R 6'3" 200lbs. 05/18/1984
72 Carlos Torres R-R 6'1" 180lbs. 10/22/1982
14 Xorge Carrillo R-R 6'1" 235lbs. 04/12/1989
52 Sebastian Valle R-R 6'1" 215lbs. 07/24/1990
42 Japhet Amador R-R 6'4" 310lbs. 01/19/1987
47 Luis Alfonso Cruz R-R 6'1" 210lbs. 02/10/1984
23 Adrian Gonzalez L-L 6'2" 215lbs. 05/08/1982
5 Brandon Laird R-R 6'1" 215lbs. 09/11/1987
17 Esteban Quiroz L-R 5'7" 175lbs. 02/17/1992
13 Manny Rodriguez R-R 5'10" 187lbs. 07/28/1982
3 Luis Urias R-R 5'9" 185lbs. 06/03/1997
20 Sebastian Elizalde L-R 6'0" 195lbs. 11/20/1991
8 Luis Juarez R-R 5'8" 176lbs. 02/06/1990
24 Efren Navarro L-L 6'0" 210lbs. 05/14/1986
15 Chris Roberson S-R 6'2" 180lbs. 08/23/1979
27 Alex Verdugo L-L 6'0" 212lbs. 05/15/1996
Designated Pitcher Pool
33 Andres Avila R-R 6'0" 185lbs. 06/20/1990
25 Marco Estrada R-R 6'0" 180lbs. 07/05/1983
21 Carlos Fisher R-R 6'4" 220lbs. 02/22/1983
30 Rafael Martin R-R 6'3" 225lbs. 05/16/1984
43 Mario Meza R-R 6'3" 200lbs. 11/24/1990
40 Ivan Salas L-L 5'11" 155lbs. 12/30/1990
7 Julio Urias L-L 6'0" 225lbs. 08/12/1996
* Designated Pool Pitcher on the active roster that is eligible to participate in one or more consecutive rounds. After each round, these pitchers may be replaced on the Roster with another pitcher from that Federation’s Designated Pitcher Pool.
Coaching Staff
# Name Position
9 Edgar Gonzalez Manager
53 Rigo Beltran Pitching Coach
12 Anthony Medrano First Base Coach
37 Bobby Magallanes Third Base Coach
16 Nick Leyva Bench Coach
56 Jose Silva Bullpen Coach
45 Humberto Sosa Bullpen Catcher
34 Fernando Valenzuela Pitching Coach Advisor
26 Alex Pelaez Batting Practice Pitcher