Baseball


HOME
HOCKEY
OTHER
FEEDBACK
FRIENDS AND FAVORITES

RULES
RANKINGS
HISTORY



TEAMS

Teams with asterisks are not yet posted

Aberdeen IronBirds
Acereros del Norte*
Aigles de Trois-Rivieres*
Akron RubberDucks
Albuquerque Isotopes
Alexandria Aces*
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna*
Altoona Curve
Amarillo Sod Poodles
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists
Auburn Doubledays*
Augusta GreenJackets
Batavia Muckdogs
Bay Area Toros*
Beloit Snappers
Billings Mustangs
Biloxi Shuckers
Binghamton Rumble Ponies*
Birmingham Barons
Bluefield Blue Jays
Boise Hawks
Bowie Baysox
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Bradenton Marauders
Bravos de León
Bristol Pirates
Brooklyn Cyclones
Buffalo Bisons
Burlington Bees
Burlington Royals
Calgary Vipers*
Capitales de Quebec
Carolina Mudcats
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights*
Charlotte Stone Crabs
Chattanooga Lookouts
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders*
Clinton LumberKings
Columbia Fireflies*
Columbus Clippers
Connecticut Tigers
Corpus Christi Hooks
Danville Braves
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Tortugas
Delmarva Shorebirds
Diablos Rojos del México
Down East Wood Ducks*
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls
Elizabethton Twins
Erie SeaWolves
Eugene Emeralds
Evansville Otters
Everett AquaSox
Fayetteville Woodpeckers*
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Fayetteville Astros*
Florence Freedom
Florida Fire Frogs*
Fort Myers Miracle
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Frederick Keys
Fresno Grizzlies*
Frisco RoughRiders
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gateway Grizzlies
Generales de Durango*
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
Great Lakes Loons
Greeneville Reds
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Stripers*
Hagerstown Suns
Harrisburg Senators
Hartford Yard Goats*
Hickory Crawdads
High Point Rockers
Hillsboro Hops
Hudson Valley Renegades*
Idaho Falls Chukars
Indianapolis Indians
Inland Empire 66ers*
Iowa Cubs
Jackson Generals
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Johnson City Cardinals
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars
Kannapolis Intimidators
Kansas City T-Bones
Kingsport Mets
Lake County Captains
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster JetHawks
Lansing Lugnuts
Laredo Lemurs
Las Vegas 51s
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Leones de Yucatán
Lexington Legends*
Lincoln Saltdogs
Long Beach Armada*
Long Island Ducks
Louisville Bats
Lowell Spinners*
Lynchburg Hillcats*
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds
Milwaukee Milkmen*
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Osprey
Mobile BayBears
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds*
New Britain Bees*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals
New Orleans Baby Cakes
Norfolk Tides
Normal CornBelters
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers
Olmecas de Tabasco
Omaha Storm Chasers
Orem Owlz
Ottawa Champions
Palm Beach Cardinals
Pawtucket Red Sox
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Peoria Chiefs
Pericos de Puebla
Piratas de Campeche
Pittsburg Diamonds
Portland Sea Dogs
Potomac Nationals
Potros de Tijuana*
Princeton Rays
Pulaski Mariners*
Quad City River Bandits
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
River City Rascals
Rochester Red Wings
Rockland Boulders
Rocky Mountain Vibes
Rome Braves
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats
Salem Red Sox
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
San Rafael Pacifics
Saraperos de Saltillo
Sarasota Reds*
Schaumburg Boomers
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders*
Sioux City Explorers
Sioux Falls Canaries
Somerset Patriots
Sonoma Stompers
South Bend Cubs
Southern Illinois Miners
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Spokane Indians
Springfield Cardinals
St. Lucie Mets
St. Paul Saints
State College Spikes
Staten Island Yankees
Stockton Ports
Sugar Land Skeeters
Sultanes de Monterrey
Sussex County Miners*
Syracuse Chiefs
Tacoma Rainiers*
Tampa Tarpons*
Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos*
Tennessee Smokies*
Texarkana Gunslingers*
Texas AirHogs
Tigres de Quintana Roo
Toledo Mud Hens
Toros de Tijuana*
Traverse City Beach Bums
Trenton Thunder
Tri-City Dust Devils
Tri-City ValleyCats
Tucson Padres
Tulsa Drillers
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Vermont Lake Monsters*
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
West Virginia Black Bears
West Virginia Power
Williamsport Crosscutters
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
York Revolution
Rieleros de Aguascalientes 14

Posted 2019 August 29

Back in 1880, some people in Massachusetts got an idea. Why don't we build a train in Mexico? Specifically, why don't we build a train that will connect Mexico City with El Paso, at which point it can connect with some American railroads? Thus the Mexican Central Railway was born. A bunch of Americans went down to work on the railroad alongside the locals. And in the town of Aguascalientes, the American workers liked to spend their free time playing baseball. It wasn't long before Mexican railroad workers got in on the fun (no, this was not how baseball got introduced to Mexico; it was already there by this point). Soon Sunday games between the American railroad workers and the Mexican railroad workers became a thing; depending on how you care to spin this you can see this either as an early version of the Olympics or the horrors of Jim Crow "separate-but-equal" brought south of the border. Or you can quit trying to politicize everything and just figure they did it that way because it was less stressful than picking captains every time and having poor Sherman Shortlegs from Shreveport get picked last week after week.

Anyway, the game between the Americans and the Mexicans became a weekly event. And before long people living in Aguascalientes were showing up to watch the game (and probably to point and laugh at poor Sherman). In 1930 a local amateur team called los Caldereros (Boilermakers) formed.

In 1975, the city finally got a team in the Mexican League. Owners asked the locals what they thought of calling the team either los Gallos (Roosters) or los Toros (Bulls). The locals were underwhelmed. Then someone (I'm not sure if it was someone with the team or not) suggested los Rieleros (Railers or Railroaders), and everyone agreed it was a good name, so here we are. Given the history of baseball in town, I'm not inclined to say they were wrong. The 1975 incarnation of los Rieleros lasted until 2008, at which point they moved to Nuevo Laredo. Moving to Nuevo Laredo probably wasn't a wise move since they moved from there to Carmen in 2011. And since they moved from Carmen to Durango in 2017, moving to Carmen probably wasn't that wise a move, either. In any case, the current incarnation of los Rieleros joined the league as in 2011 when los Dorados de Chihuahua relocated to Aguascalientes. And since they're still here, that probably was a wise move.

But only probably. Los Rieleros almost folded after the 2018 season. Go check out my review of los Bravos de Léon, if you're interested; I don't feel like typing it all out again.

Anyway, given the name, los Rieleros' logo is straightforward, if uninspired: a train in the foreground, a baseball in the background, and the team's name in script toward the bottom. It's not going to win any awards, but nor is it likely to get singled out as the worst logo in baseball (or even in Mexican baseball) anytime soon. Then again, I'm sure the fans would rather have an award for winning the season. Or just a guarantee that the team will still be there.

Final Score: 14 points.
Penalties: Script, 7 pts; Equipment, 13 pts.
Bonuses: Local, -6 pts.


This page Copyright ©2019 Scott D. Rhodes. All rights reserved