Yankees, Marlins Will Play In Panama

The Yankees and Marlins will play a two-game series in Panama, MLB announced Thursday.

Mariano Rivera (Photo by Tomasso DeRosa)

Mariano Rivera (Photo by Tomasso DeRosa)

Called the “Legend Series,” the games will be played March 15-16 at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City and will honor retired Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, a Panama native.

The Legend Series will include charitable events, with proceeds going to Children’s Hospital in Panama City, the largest pediatric hospital in the country.

In a statement, Rivera said,  “As long as I can remember, it has been my dream to bring my team, the Yankees, to play baseball in Panama. 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.”

According to MLB.com, the Yankees-Marlins series will be the first major league games, albeit exhibitions, played in Panama since 1947. In the spring of 1947, the Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers played several exhibition games in Panama during a trip that also included stops in Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.