Padres, Dodgers To Play Series in Mexico

NL West rivals will meet in Monterrey for a 3-game set in 2018

We’ve known for a while it was going to happen but on Monday it became officially official. The Padres and Dodgers will play a 3-game series in Monterrey, Mexico, in the 2018 season.

The 3-game set from May 4-6 (Friday – Sunday) will technically be Padres home games so they will only play 78 games at Petco Park next year. The Friars have played regular season games in Mexico before, including the time in 1996 when Ken Caminiti famously was so sick he needed an IV, grabbed a Snickers bar and hit a pair of home runs to beat the Mets.

The Dodgers have also played games abroad, opening the 2014 season with a series against the Diamondbacks in Australia. Major League Baseball is trying to expand on its international games with plans to stage regular season contests in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Asia, and the United Kingdom in the coming seasons.

Both San Diego and Los Angeles have featured players with ties to Mexico, including Adrian Gonzalez and Fernando Valenzuela, both of whom played for each franchise.

One of the Padres top prospects, infielder Luis Urias, was born in Mexico. The 20-year-old spent last season with Double-A San Antonio and although he would be a huge draw it would be a longshot for him to be with the big league club by the time they head south to play the Dodgers in May.

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