Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced that the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will play a two-game regular-season series in Puerto Rico next year.
The games will be staged at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in the Caribbean island’s capital city of San Juan, and will take place on 17th and 18th April 2018. Both matches will be classed as home games for the Twins.
The series will mark the first time that either team has played in Puerto Rico, and will see the first regular-season games played in the US territory since the New York Mets and the Miami Marlins held a three-game series at the same venue in 2010.
“The Minnesota Twins are honoured to visit Puerto Rico and represent Major League Baseball in this international showcase,” said Dave St. Peter, president and chief executive of the Minnesota Twins. “The Twins look forward to joining MLB and the Cleveland Indians organisation in celebrating Puerto Rico's rich baseball heritage and growing influence on our game.”
“It is a dream come true for me to play in Puerto Rico,” added Francisco Lindor, a Puerto Rican native and shortstop for the Cleveland Indians. “When the Montreal Expos played in Puerto Rico, I remember going to those games and thinking to myself, ‘I would love to be here playing in front of my country and people.’ Now that we have the opportunity next April, it is a dream realised for me. These will be the most memorable regular season games of my career, for sure.”
This will be the fifth time that the MLB has taken baseball to Puerto Rico, after staging games in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2010.