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The Mets and Miami Marlins will play a three-game series in San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 28th-30th, 2020, as announced by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association on Monday morning. The three-game set will serve as home games for the Marlins.
The 2020 series marks the fourth trip to the island for each team. They played a three-game series in Puerto Rico in 2010 and both played at Hiram Bithorn during the Montreal Expos’ partial residency in 2003 and 2004.
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said, “Puerto Rico has a rich baseball history and passionate baseball fans. We are honored to represent the Mets, and Major League Baseball, and are looking forward to returning to Puerto Rico to play the Marlins in 2020.”
The Mets have participated in several historic global games, including the first-ever MLB regular season games played internationally in Monterrey, Mexico in 1996 against the San Diego Padres, and the first-ever regular season games played outside of North America for the season opener in 2000 in Tokyo, Japan against the Chicago Cubs.
Derek Jeter, the Miami Marlins Chief Executive Officer, said, “It is an honor for the Marlins to represent Major League Baseball in this special series against the Mets. Miami serves as the gateway to the Caribbean and Latin America, and we are grateful for the chance to showcase the new Miami Marlins organization to our neighbors in Puerto Rico. We are looking forward to the opportunity of celebrating Puerto Rico’s rich baseball heritage and passion for the game and continue our mission to grow the game of baseball in our community while fostering the shared love for our National Pastime.”
MLB’s history continues to grow in Puerto Rico. MLB last held regular season games on the island in 2018 when the Minnesota Twins hosted the Cleveland Indians for a two-game series. Hiram Bithorn was home to the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays for the 2001 season opener, and for a total of 43 games for the Montreal Expos during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. San Juan also played host to the first and second rounds of the 2006 World Baseball Classic and the first rounds of the 2009 and 2013 WBC.