Yankees, Marlins to honor Mo in Panama

TAMPA -- While the Derek Jeter retirement tour is just kicking off, Mariano Rivera's isn't done yet.

Major League Baseball and the Players Association officially announced Thursday that the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins will play two exhibition games, March 15 and 16, at Panama City's Rod Carew Stadium.

The "Legend Series" will be designed to honor Mo, who retired after the 2013 season as the all-time saves leader.

"As long as I can remember, it has been my dream to bring my team, the Yankees, to play baseball in Panama," said Rivera, who will be an ambassador for the event.

"I grew up playing in Puerto Caimito, where I developed my passion for baseball and began a journey that brought me to New York. It is my hope that this legacy series will inspire other young players to pursue their dreams. I am very grateful to Major League Baseball, the Players Association, the Yankees and the Marlins in making this dream become a reality."

Rivera, along with Magic Dream Productions and Patricia Lynch will be the promoters of the event. A gala for both teams the Friday before the two-game series will benefit the Mariano Rivera Foundation.

Major League Baseball was last in Panama in 1947 when the Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers played several exhibition games.