The Dodgers and Padres will play a three-game regular season series in Monterrey, Mexico May 4-6 next year, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Padres will be the home team. Major League Baseball is expected to make an official announcement on Monday.
MLB plans to have six regular season series played in Mexico over the next four seasons. Furthermore, Shaikin notes, MLB also plans to open the 2019 and 2020 seasons in Asia, and a regular season series will be played in the United Kingdom during those seasons as well. Assuming Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium is repaired following hurricane damage, the Indians and Twins will play there in April 17-18 next season.
Dodgers and Padres players will receive a $15,000 bonus for playing internationally, per the latest collective bargaining agreement. Non-player personnel will receive a $40,000 bonus, per Shaikin. That includes managers, coaches, trainers, and clubhouse staffers.
While newly-acquired talent Danny Espinosa was off collecting hits for the Blue Jays against the Orioles, Marcus Stroman led a youth-filled roster against the Canadian Junior National Team in a split-squad game on Saturday. In the eighth inning, 17-year-old Canadian pitcher Braden Halladay took the mound to honor his late father’s memory against his former team.
Halladay accomplished just that, wielding a fastball that topped out in the low-80s and setting down a perfect 1-2-3 inning against the top of the lineup. No one batter saw more than a single pitch from the right-hander: Mc Gregory Contreras and Mattingly Romanin flew out to the outfield corners and Bo Bichette laid down a ground ball for an easy third out.
MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm has a fantastic profile of the high school junior, including his approach to the game and his attempt to do Roy Halladay proud while carving out his own path to the majors. “From a pitching standpoint, it was everything I could have asked for and more,” Halladay told reporters. “Especially now, every time I make mistakes, I still hear him drilling me about them in my head, just because he’s done it so many times before. From a mind-set standpoint, I don’t think with any bias that I could have had a better teacher.”