We have another change to the spring training 2020 schedule: A March 7 game between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers was shifted from Tiger Town to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The game is now set for Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal.
The event marks the first MLB game to be played in the DR since 2000 spring training 2000, when the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros played at the same ballpark.
Detroit last played internationally in 1980 when they participated in the Roberto Clemente Series in Puerto Rico against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Twins are returning to the international stage after playing in the 2018 Puerto Rico Series against the Cleveland Indians. Minnesota played host for the two-game set and split the series with the Indians. The Twins also participated in the Clemente Series in 1983 against the Chicago White Sox.
“The Detroit Tigers are honored to be selected by Major League Baseball for this event in the Dominican Republic,” said Al Avila, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Tigers. “International growth – especially in Latin America – is a priority for many teams across the sport, and for me, personally, it means a great deal with my father, Ralph, having started the first baseball Academy in the Dominican Republic – Campos Las Palmas – and with his efforts starting the Dominican Summer League. It’s truly a country that has passionate fans and a rich history with baseball.”
“The Minnesota Twins are honored to join the Detroit Tigers in making the trip to the Dominican Republic as part of Major League Baseball’s international play plan,” Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. “Our franchise is excited to have this opportunity to help celebrate the Dominican Republic’s love affair with our game and incredible impact on MLB.”
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