Astros Open To Playing More Games In Mexico Over Next Three Seasons
After the Astros completed a two-game series against the Angels in Monterrey this weekend, the team said that they "would be amenable to another regular-season trip to Mexico that could be allowed" under the current CBA before it expires after the '21 season, according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The CBA currently allows for every MLB team to be chosen for international play at a minimum of once every three years, but Astros President of Baseball Operations Reid Ryan said the team "would be open to looking at going back to Mexico before the three years are up." An MLB spokesperson said, "We are always pleased to hear when teams and players have a great international experience and want to return. A club may go twice internationally during the term of the agreement, and the International Committee would consider discussing the idea." Ryan, who is a member of MLB's Int'l Committee, said that committee members "will meet in June to discuss the results of games played in Japan, London and in Monterrey, which hosted three series" in total. Ryan said, "You will see baseball making a focus on Mexico. It has a large population that enjoys baseball and has competitive summer and winter leagues. You will see MLB play games there, but I don't know if the schedule will be as aggressive as this year" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 5/7).