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11/13/2004 Archived Entry: "Mexican League News: Mazatlan Can't Wait"
By Carlos Fragoso
Another one bites the dust, Manager Dan Firova
Mazatlan can't wait for their team to improve today's 7th place they have, a poor record of 10-19, which does not reflects what the roster is capable to it, and hardly looking to put up a team who contest for the championship, and get the rights to represent Mexican Pacific league into the Caribbean Series, where the local team will be hosting the visiting champions, has fired manager Dan Firova and coach Pat Listach along with promising 3B Jared Sandberg of good baseball bloodlines, in a attempt to improve their position in the standings.
At the beginning of this tournament, their roster looked like the best of all, including good players of the tale of Joe Borchard,Jared, Jason Dubois, Will Ohman, Larry Sutton all of them fully capable of performing well, but unfortunately they've all failed.
Team batting is, .234 worst of all teams, while pitching is second best in the league, so batting was not in accordance with the pitching consistency, and had not helped pitching well enough to bring up victories.
That's the reason why, management did not wait to replace Firova for J.J Pacho a former Mazatlan SS for many years, and currently a Mexican League Manager and a beloved person in town, has also made some roster moves, that includes Trenidad Hubbard as replacement for Sandberg.
He can be of help, since he has proven his value before, while playing with Hermosillo in previous 5 seasons.
With Firova, he was the third manager who falls this season, after Mexicali's skipper Enrique Reyes and Navojoa's one Frank Kremblas were released last week.
In another roster moves, Culiacan activated IF Benji Gil while Hermosillo sent IF Cornelio Garcia to the DL and activated SS Jose Luis Sandoval.