Diamondbacks, Padres to play MLB’s first regular-season games in Mexico City

Major League Baseball has announced plans to hold regular-season games in Mexico City for the first time in 2020, with the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres scheduled to play a two-game series in the Mexican capital on April 18-19.

The Diamondbacks will be the home team for both games at the 20,000-capacity Alfredo Harp Helu Stadium, the home of Mexican League team Diablos Rojos del Mexico.

MLB has previously held regular-season games in Monterrey and spring training games in Mexico City in four separate seasons, most recently in 2016.

Padres president of business operations Erik Greupner said the team was “honored” to be part of the series, while Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall said his organization was “committed to spreading our game internationally.”

Elsewhere, in MLB’s international push, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals will play in the second iteration of the London Series next summer. Meanwhile, a three-game series will be held in April in San Juan, Puerto Rico, involving the Miami Marlins and New York Mets.

The MLB amateur draft is being moved to Omaha, Nebraska, at the site of the College World Series, according to multiple reports. It has taken place at MLB Network’s headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey, since 2009.