The Colorado Rockies will be taking their talents international. Yesterday, it was reported that the Rockies will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in Mexico during Spring Training.
It looks like the Colorado Rockies will be getting a little extra international exposure this spring. It was announced yesterday that the Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play a spring game on March 29 in Hermosillo, Mexico.
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Jon Morosi of Fox Sports first reported the announcement of the international game. He released the news via his Twitter account, tweeting out the news in both English and Spanish.
The first full squad workouts of Spring Training will occur around the third week of February, so the Rockies will have some time to practice before hitting the international stage. According to the Colorado Rockies website, the team will be fielding a split squad for the game. It is unclear whether or not it will be a split squad but as of right now the Rockies will have a split squad in Mexico.
Hermosillo, Mexico is a city in northwestern Mexico, 243 miles south of Tucson, Arizona, with a population of 641,791. Hermosillo is home to a successful baseball team that competes in the Mexican Pacific League, the Naranjeros de Hermosillo (English: Hermosillo Orange Growers). The Naranjeros de Hermosillo are one of the more successful teams in the Mexican Pacific League, winning 16 league titles in their history.
When the international game eventually rolls around, the Rockies will most likely be playing on the Orange Growers home field, the natural grass field of Estadio Sonora. Built in 2013, the ballpark played host to the 2013 Caribbean Series.
This game will be the first time the Rockies have played in Mexico since the 1999 season opener, an 8-2 win over the Padres in Monterrey, Mexico.