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The Mets may play some games in Puerto Rico

Nov 23, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

The Daily News reports that Major League Baseball wants to return regular season baseball to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2010, and that, due to the presence of multiple Puerto Ricans on their roster, they want the Mets to be one of the participants.  The visiting team, of course, because they’d never take home games away from cash cow Citi Field.  They would take them away from that dead stadium walking down in Miami, however, so it will probably be the Marlins that call Hiram Bithorn “home.”

Hiram Bithorn, you’ll recall, was home to the Expos for a number of games back in 2003-04. It quickly gained a reputation as a bandbox due to its 360 foot power alleys, which is anywhere from 25 to 45 feet shorter those in Citi Field.  So obviously this is a plot to jack David Wright’s home run numbers back up.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Nov 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    Hey, Frenchie might hit a double!

  2. Pilothawkeye - Nov 23, 2009 at 11:16 AM

    Those 360 foot ‘power alleys’ are still going to be a challenge for those ‘Sunday Morning Beer League’ Slo-Pitch Softball “sluggers”.

  3. Old Gator - Nov 23, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    And why would Puerto Ricans be any more enthused about watching another one of Jeffrey Loria’s cut-rate teams than the fans here in Macondo? That’s a great photo of JoProDolShark Stadium but it is misleadingly crowded; must have been taken on ten cent beer day (if you’re among the first twenty sportswriters through the turnstile, they give you a coupon). I suppose the San Juan schedule works out well enough for the players – a bowl of mafongo with pinchos and some stewed bananas costs little enough that they could afford to eat well even on Loria’s per diem. You just have to be careful not to stand under a tree at dusk to keep the coqui from dropping into your batido.
    Meanwhile, speaking of stadiums, I took advantage of a halcyon Sunday afternoon to drive around the site of the up-and-coming edifice I have come to think of as Macondo Banana Massacre Field. I was actually surprised at how quickly they seem to be getting this place built; I think the rush is less due to the impending 2011 deadline to vacate JoProDolShark than to the average two and a half years it will take Catherine Fernandez Rundle’s team of UM law school interns to investigate the construction bids for fraud.

  4. the bee - Nov 23, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    They should play all their games in San Juan.Please don’t come back.

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