Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mets and Yankees are planning to play two exhibition games against each other in spring training next year


According to the Wall Street Journal , the Mets and Yankees are tentatively planning to play two exhibition games against each other toward the end of spring training next year, according to two baseball officials familiar with the schedule. Under the plan being discussed, the teams would play one game at the Mets' spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the other game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

They would mark the first spring training games between the New York teams since 1996. The teams used to play each other regularly in the spring, with the Yankees winning 45 of 87 games all-time.

But when the Yankees moved their spring training base from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa in 1996, the travel became inconvenient. And after the start of the Subway Series in 1997, the novelty wore off.

This year, though, the Yankees are already planning to travel to the southeast coast of Florida for a pair of exhibition games at the Miami Marlins' new ballpark April 1 and 2. And the Mets are looking to diversify their schedule, which is limited by the dwindling number of nearby teams located along the I-95 corridor.
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