Gomez: Once upon a time, Negro League stars came out to play in Mexico

From Eric Gomez at ESPN.com on June 9, 2017:

Prior to this year’s World Baseball Classic, Mexico’s national team hit the field with African-American outfielder Chris Roberson. Having spent more than a decade in Mexico, Roberson, a citizen by marriage, won over baseball fans throughout the country.

“I’ll keep playing here as long as they’ll have me,” Roberson said in March. “My plan is to be here at least four, maybe five more years.”

Roberson’s popularity is backed by his impressive numbers on the diamond. In 53 games this season with the Sultanes de Monterrey in Mexico’s summer league, Roberson is batting .390. His average has never dipped below .300 in seven seasons playing in Mexico. This extended excellence makes Roberson a prime candidate for Mexico’s Salón de la Fama, an institution whose physical iteration — a museum in Monterrey — closed in 2013.

Read the full article here: http://www.espn.com/blog/onenacion/post/_/id/7543/once-upon-a-time-negro-league-stars-came-out-to-play-in-mexico

Originally published: June 12, 2017. Last Updated: June 12, 2017.