Major League Baseball has been expanding since the beginning. Many expansion teams have been added over the years. The farm system continues to swell. And now, baseball is expanding into other countries. With the move of the Expos from Montreal to Washington D.C. several years back, the Toronto Blue Jays are the only Canadian team left. But in June, the MLB goes to England. The Red Sox and Yankees are slated to play a series in London. And just this past weekend, we saw the third and final series played in Mexico this season.
Atros & Angels
In March, Arizona and Colorado went down to Monterrey, Mexico to play the first series of the summer, south of the board. In April, St. Louis and Cincinnati had their turn. And this past weekend, Houston and L.A. played the final of the three series scheduled in Mexico this season.
This third series was perhaps the most exciting for Mexican fans. Both Houston and L.A. have ties to Mexico, as the two cities have large Mexican populations. On top of that, both teams have players and personnel with ties to the country.
Atros general manager, Jeff Luhnow, spent much of his childhood in Mexico City, and was thrilled to be able to bring Major League Baseball to Mexico. Perhaps the most exciting thing for Mexican fans to see, was Robert Osuna taking the mound in the ninth inning on Sunday, to close out and win the game over the Angels. Osuna is from Sinaloa, and one of the premiere Mexican stars in the MLB.
The three series in Monterrey went well, according to the MLB, and plans are in motion for games to be played in Mexico again in 2020. The MLB is looking to expand more and more and it looks like Mexico could be the place to do it.