Why did Yankees select Diablos Rojos del Mexico for exhibition game?

The Mexican coverage of the Yankees 1968 trip to the country to play against the Diablos Rojos del Mexico.
Inna Zeyger
Saturday February 3, 2024

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The New York Yankees are gearing up for a distinctive Spring Training encounter. On March 24th and 25th, they will engage in a two-game exhibition series against the Diablos Rojos del Mexico at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium in Mexico City.

This noteworthy journey signifies the Yankees‘ return to Mexico after 1968, when they engaged in a two-game series with the Diablos Rojos. During that period, the two teams evenly split the series, each securing a victory. On March 18, 1968, the Yankees lost 5-3 to the Mexican team but bounced back two days later to rout them 9-1.

Why the Yankees opted for practice games against Diablos Rojos del Mexico

Ex-Red Sox and current Yankees outfielder Alex Verdugo is at a practice camp with his Mexico team in the 2023 WBC.

Who exactly are the Diablos Rojos del Mexico? This team showcases a diverse array of talented players from various backgrounds, including the United States, Latin America, and beyond. Some have adorned Major League Baseball rosters, such as Michael Mariot, Ricardo Pinto, and Wilmer Font, while others are refining their skills with aspirations of reaching the big leagues. Additionally, the Diablos often scout promising young talents who may not be ready for the U.S. minor leagues.

Interestingly, both the Yankees and the Diablos Rojos share the distinction of holding the record for the most championships in their respective leagues, with the Mexican powerhouse boasting 16 titles, the last one secured in 2014. In 2023, their remarkable 55-32 record earned them the best regular-season standing in the Mexican League.

The competition will help the Yankees adjust their strategy and evaluate the performance of baby bombers.

This international expedition carries particular significance as it signifies the Yankees’ inaugural foray into such ventures during Spring Training since 2014. During that period, the team embarked on a two-game series against the Marlins in Panama at the request of the legendary pitcher Mariano Rivera. With Central and South America are becoming a big market as well as a talent source for MLB teams, the New York team is eager to have a fair share in it.

Prepare for thrilling baseball action south of the border! The clash between the esteemed Yankees and the talented Diablos Rojos del México guarantees a memorable experience for both teams and fans alike.

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