Apr 29, 2023; Mexico City, Mexico; San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (13) wears a sombrero as he celebrates with relief pitcher Brent Honeywell (45) after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning during a MLB World Tour game at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Astros expected to take on Rockies in Mexico City in 2024
After the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres played two games at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú over the weekend, the Houston Astros are set to be a part of MLB’s continued foray into Mexico City in 2024, according to The Athletic.
Saturday and Sunday each saw the Padres defeat the Giants in the first regular season series in Mexico’s capital city in MLB history. The weekend series was a glowing success by all accounts, and Major League Baseball has decided to keep it going.
Saturday’s game was a Coors Field-style shootout, won 16-11 by San Diego as the Giants and Padres combined for 11 home runs. Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú sits at well over 7,000 feet of elevation, making it even more of a launchpad than Denver’s Coors Field, which sits at around a mile high (5,280 feet). There were reportedly adjustments made to the humidor baseballs were being kept in between games, and Sunday’s game produced a much more standard-looking 6-4 triumph for the Padres.
In 2024, the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies will play at the same site – two logical choices. Texas obviously shares a massive border with Mexico, and Houston has a Hispanic population of more than one million inhabitants. Denver is a bit further away, but the high-elevation Rockies make sense to host Houston in familiar conditions south of the border.