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Major League Baseball Teams Plan Exhibition Games in Mexico

Major League Baseball has announced that the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers will play two pre-season games next year at Foro Sol Stadium in Mexico City.

The exhibition games March 15 and 16 will mark the fourth time in the last five years in which Major League clubs have played games in Mexico. There were 18 Mexican-born players on last season's opening day team rosters.

An international business operations official for the league, senior vice president Paul Archey, said the growth of baseball throughout Latin America and across the globe has been tremendous. He added it's exciting to offer these fans the opportunity to see the game played at its highest level.

In 1996, the Mets and San Diego Padres played the first-ever regular season games outside of the United States and Canada in Monterrey, Mexico. Three years later the Padres and Colorado Rockies opened the regular season in Monterrey.

Last year and in 2000, several so-called spring training games were played in Culiacan, Hermosillo and Mexico City featuring the Anaheim Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.