The job of the Serie Preliminar complete, the first postseason teams of the Liga Nacional move into the Eliminatoria and Interdivisional. It’s serious now.
As the 1871 season ends, thirty-two teams—forty percent of the league—advance into a second, even weirder, experiment. This is the story of the first torneo.
There’s nothing like a met expectation, and if Ángel Venegas was going to salvage anything from this season, it was knowing that he’d done exactly what he was predicted to do—with four games left to go.
The arrival of Agustín Espinosa, with whom we’ll spend time later on, brings interesting ideas into the Rincón clubhouse. Will they turn the season around?
The late season is upon the Ingenieros, and a mysterious stranger appears. Does he promise help for a turnaround? No. Not exactly, anyway.
Rincón, as part of the La Milicia region, gains an unlikely cheerleader—both because he doesn’t live in town, and because who would cheer on this team?
As the Ingenieros headed into their second week, they had attained a unique distinction—and not a positive one. To improve on it, they’d have to work fast.
39 teams lost their first game of 1871. The Ingenieros, though, would spend the rest of that week ensuring everyone knew they were like no other team.
The first day of any LNP season takes some reacclimation. For Ángel Venegas, the manager of the Ingenieros de Rincón, this season would take far, far more.
When teams rely on very, very basic factors—height, weight, size, speed and strength—to make their decisions, interesting things happen. Here’s two of them.