The Minnesota Twins will be heading to Puerto Rico in the 2018 season.
It is no secret that the Minnesota Twins are playing better on the road 2017, but the team is now taking that to the extreme in 2018. The Twins will be playing less pure home games in the 2018 season due to a two game series against the Cleveland Indians in Puerto Rico.
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Player Association announced the series on Wednesday afternoon. The two game series will be held April 17-18, 2018 at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
This is the first time that either the Twins or the Indians will be playing in Puerto Rico. The Twins website claims this will be the first regular season MLB games in Puerto Rico since the New York Mets and Miami Marlins played a three game series in the same stadium in 2010. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays also played in San Juan back in 2001. Plus, the Montreal Expos played a portion of their home schedule in both 2003 and 2004 there as well.
Four current Twins were on the Puerto Rico team in the latest World Baseball Classic. Slugging first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas, outfielder Eddie Rosario, stud young ace Jose Berrios and starting pitcher Hector Santiago were all on the roster.
Vargas had this to say about the series in Puerto Rico:
"More from Sporting SotaMinnesota Twins bullpen will be their downfallTop 5 Minnesota Twins Pitching ProspectsKyle Rudolph signing gives stability to Minnesota Vikings offenseJake Odorizzi’s emergence fueling Twins starting staffFormer Minnesota Twins player David Ortiz shot“We are excited for the opportunity to play at home in front of our people and our families. It’s a part of my dream to wear a Major League uniform for my country and my town. It’s great to get the opportunity to try and hit a home run for Puerto Rico.”"
Manager Paul Molitor also said something that we were all thinking: the weather will probably better in San Juan than Minneapolis in the middle of April.
"“It seems to be a really good fit, at least given current rosters, of players that will have an opportunity to represent Puerto Rico. We think the weather will probably be better in Puerto Rico than here in April. It will be an exciting trip for all those that get to take part.”"
If the current season continues the way it looks it will, the series in Puerto Rico looks to be a meeting of the two top teams in the American League Central and they might hold that title for a while.
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