LMB, FeMeBe Reach WBC Accord

Though it once read like the script of a telenovela, the popular soap operas on Univision, the problems between the Mexican Baseball League and the Mexican Baseball Federation (FeMeBe) have been resolved, and the players from the teams that play in the Triple-A Mexican League can be selected to play in the next World Baseball Classic without penalty.

The Mexican League (LMB) send a press release on Sunday night that declares that its players will not be banned if they participate with Mexico’s team on the WBC. Previously, the league had indicated it would suspend any of its players if they played in the WBC as punishment for the Federation’s declared preference of using major leaguers of Mexican descent.

The statement read, “The owners and presidents of teams Mexican Baseball League, aware that Mexico’s interests are above all, and driven by the intention and desire of their fans and the players themselves, authorizing the latter to participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

“The LMB will support, as it has always done, the national team, with the clear aim of bringing up the name of Mexico and Mexican baseball.”

The LMB had been in negotiations with Paul Archey, Major League Baseball’s vice president of international business operations and president MLB World Baseball Classic, and Pat O’Conner, president of Minor League Baseball, to overcome the impasse.

Final WBC rosters are due to be announced Wednesday. Mexico is in Pool D with Canada, Italy and the host United States, playing in Phoenix from March 7-10.