In a bit of a departure from my usual Padres collecting, I also collect caps from the various Mexican baseball leagues. The cap featured today is a “retro” remake for the Diablos Rojos del Mexico.
The Diablos Rojos (Red Devils) are the most successful team in the Liga Mexicana de Beisbol (Mexican Baseball League), accumulating 16 titles since their inception in 1940. The team plays during the spring and summers and is based out of Mexico City. Teams in the LMB are considered AAA in baseball ranking but are not affiliated with any Major League Team. You may remember the Diablos Rojos visiting San Diego to play an exhibition game against the Padres at the close of Spring Training in 2015. Currently the team is engaged in winter exhibition play and is paired up with the Guerreros de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Warriors).
Red vintage Diablos Rojos logo
Red piping detail
The most striking detail about this cap is easily the logo: the M and D lock in to form a mitt. While considered a vintage logo, the team still produces caps with this particular design. The red piping detail also adds to the vintage feel of the cap. It’s hard to say whether this is truly a vintage cap the Diablos Rojos have used; I can’t find any history on this particular design.
In lieu of the usual MLB Batterman, this cap features a vintage LMB logo in white and black.
A gray underbrim and black sweatband round out this retro looking cap. Eagle-eyed readers will notice the modern LMB tag on the interior.
Cap Availability Status: Uncommon
This cap is headed to Discontinued status as it can be currently found on clearance at Lids.
I have a soft spot for Mexican baseball caps since they are part of my heritage. Expect to see more alongside Padres Capshots in the future!