The Rockies have a long and rich history when it comes to playing games in Mexico. Opening Day of the 1999 season took place in Monterrey with Colorado and the San Diego Padres going down in the history books as the first two teams to open the season outside of the United States.
Colorado returned to Monterrey this spring with two exhibition games against the Diamondbacks.
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Major League Baseball has stated that it wants to focus its strategy to grow the game of baseball in Mexico. By growing the game in Mexico (including hosting regular-season games in Mexico City), it could also help move the sport forward among Mexican-Americans who live in the United States.
There was talk that the Oakland A’s would play international games in Mexico City this year but those games were moved to Japan as the A’s and Seattle Mariners opened the season inside the Tokyo Dome.
Colorado already has an established relationship playing in Mexico, so why not give the team that already plays at the highest altitude in the United States a chance to play at 7,382 feet in Mexico City? It seems like a natural fit. Sure, the other team might complain about playing at altitude … but we hear that complaint all of the time when teams fly into Denver.