TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees will play exhibition games against the Miami Marlins in Panama City on March 15-16 to honor retired New York reliever Mariano Rivera, the first visit of Major League Baseball to the Central American nation since 1947.
Under the long-discussed deal announced Thursday, the careers saves leader will promote the event, and a gala dinner will be held March 14 to benefit the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Proceeds from the dinner will go to Children’s Hospital in Panama City.
Some Yankees trained in Panama in 1946 and faced an all-star team from that nation’s professional league. The Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers there in several games during 1947 as part of a trip that also saw the teams go to Cuba, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
Magic Dreams Productions and Patricia Lynch also will promote the games at Rod Carew Stadium.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- Daytona 500: 59th Annual NASCAR Race Kicks Off Sunday
- MLB Union Head Says Page Turned On Yankees’ Levine Spat Over Betances
- Anthony Hits Jumper, Helping Knicks Squeak Past 76ers
- Rangers Rally To Defeat Devils In Overtime
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)