New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Major League Baseball is returning to
Panama for the first time since 1947 when the New York Yankees meet the Miami
Marlins in exhibition play.
The "Legend Series" will be played on March 15th-16th at Panama City's Rod
Carew Stadium and will honor the legacy of newly retired Yankees great and
Panama native Mariano Rivera, the game's all-time saves leader.
Rivera will serve as one of the promoters of the affair and the series will
also include charitable events off the field, including a gala featuring
representation of both teams on March 14 that will benefit the Mariano Rivera
"As long as I can remember, it has been my dream to bring my team, the
Yankees, to play baseball in Panama," Rivera said. "I grew up 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 grateful to Major League
Baseball, the Players Association, the Yankees and the Marlins in making this
dream become a reality."
The games will be a rematch of the 2003 World Series and Panama will become
the seventh country to host games between major league clubs (Mexico, Japan,
Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and China).
In the spring of 1947, the Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers played exhibition
games in Panama during a trip that also featured stops in Cuba, Puerto Rico
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