My Spanish isn’t great, but from what I do know, it looks like the Twins will take on the Detroit Tigers in the Dominican Republic this spring. Various Spanish-language sources are reporting the game will be played during Spring Training, on March 7th, but it has not yet been confirmed by the MLB.
The Twins roster several notable players from the Dominican Republic, including position players Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano, and Jorge Polanco and pitcher Michael Pineda and Fernando Romero. Additionally, prospects Gilberto Celestino, Jorge Alcala, and Jhoan Duran hail from the Domincan Republic, and are on the 40-man roster, so may make the trip. If you remember the emotion of the Twins playing in Puerto Rico a couple years ago, and what it meant to guys like Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario, you can’t help but imagine this will be a similar atmosphere, even if the game doesn’t count in the standings.
If sources are correct, the game will be played at Estadio Quisqueya-Juan Marichal, which is located in Santo Domingo, and holds just under 15,000 fans. I’m fairly sure this will be a sell-out crowd. This will mark the third time MLB teams have met at the facility, as the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox played two games there way back in 2000. This game was originially scheduled to be played as a road game by the Twins, at the Tigers’s spring training facility in Lakeland, Fl.
Its being reported a press conference will be held after the conclusion of the Caribbean Series, which is taking place right now, and going through February 7th. In other words, we’ll probably know more in about a week.