For Mexican Baseball, a True Revival Must Wait

By Benjamin Russell

With support from President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the sport looked set for a gilded age. Then came COVID-19.

MEXICO CITY – April 3, 2019 seemed like a breakthrough day for Mexican baseball In a game against Arizona that afternoon, San Diego Padres superstar Manny Machado stepped to the plate and sent a two-strike fastball hurtling over the left-field fence Machado was born in the US to Dominican parents – but his bat that day was Mexican, produced by a company founded only three years earlier in a Sinaloa garage The home run signaled the arrival of Valma Bats in the notoriously hard-to-penetrate supply chain of US professional sports “I almost couldn’t believe it,” Alejandro...

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