MLB to return to Mexico for first time since 1999

Padres and Dodgers pencil in three-game series in Monterrey in 2018.

MLB to return to Mexico for first time since 1999

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced that the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers will play a three-game regular-season series in Monterrey, Mexico next year.

The fixtures, which are due to take place between 4th and 6th May 2018 at the Estadio Monterrey, will see MLB return to Mexico for competitive games for the first time since 1999.

The Padres, who will serve as the home team for the three games, have played regular-season fixtures in Mexico on two previous occasions, while the Dodgers - runners-up in the recently completed World Series - have only ever featured there in an exhibition match.

The news follows MLB’s announcement in June that the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will play a two-game regular-season series in Puerto Rico next year

Erik Greupner, chief operating officer for the Padres, said: “As a team with a binational fanbase and reach that extends into Baja California and throughout Mexico, we are excited to once again play regular-season games in Monterrey and help grow the popularity of our great game. Baseball fans in Mexico are passionate about the game and we look forward to deepening our connection with them.”

“The Dodgers are excited and extremely proud to be returning to Mexico,” added Stan Kasten, president and chief executive of the Dodgers. “The Dodgers have always been at the forefront of growing the game of baseball internationally, and this trip reinforces this commitment, while at the same time giving our many fans in Mexico a chance to see us compete.”