Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Deal close to have Mets, Marlins play regular-season series in Puerto Rico
By Enrique Rojas
ORLANDO -- Major League Baseball International and a Puerto Rican businessman are close to reaching an agreement to have the New York Mets and the Florida Marlins play some regular season games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Mets, who have Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado -- two of the best Puerto Rican players in the majors -- would play as visitors against the Marlins in San Juan from July 28-30.
"We are planning something for July, but we're still working out the details," said MLBI Latin America assistant Angelica Pimentel.
Businessman Antonio Muņoz, who brought two rounds of the World Baseball Classic to San Juan in 2006 and 44 games of the Montreal Expos between 2003 and 2004, said the negotiation is in the last stages, according to local newspaper El Nuevo Dia.
"We are satisfied because this is the kind of entertainment that we want to bring to Puerto Rico," said Muņoz, owner of MB Sports.
Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.