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Museum planned on La Plancha baseball diamond, and players are crying foul

Railroad league enjoyed weekend tournaments there for decades

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The baseball league that plays at La Plancha is protesting plans to have their diamond replaced with a museum. Photo: Punto Medio

Merida, Yucatan — The baseball organization being displaced for a Museum of Light is not going away quietly.

The president of the league, Andres Chuc Canul, vigorously protested plans to take away the funds for XXVI Softball Tournament of the Víctor Flores Morales League, section 37, of the Union of Railway Workers of the Mexican Republic in the La Plancha sports field.

“As a railroader, I feel shocked by what was published about this piece of land in which we play sports, which is part of our lives and that they want to take away,” said Chuc Canul in an interview with Punto Medio. “I do not know why, but from this moment I protest energetically and … we will defend it before (President Andrés Manuel) López Obrador if necessary.”

As one of his colleagues explained before the end of Gov. Rolando Zapata Bello’s administration, an agreement was signed to divert the land from federal to state control. The state, in turn, donated the parcel to the Autonomous University of Yucatan, which led to the cultural project from UNAM.

The museum is intended to integrate with the Gran Parque la Plancha, stretching roughly from the baseball field to the former train station on Calle 55.

The diamond, on the corner of 43 and 50, is adjacent to the railroad museum.

The baseball park has for decades been used to hold games on Saturdays and Sundays. The league leader said he has not been given an alternative site for their games.

“We have bleachers, bathrooms, kitchen, but above all it is very important for us workers because we play sports here,” he said.

Source: Punto Medio

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