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Arizona Diamondbacks Visit Mexico City, Meet With Mexican President

MEXICO CITY — In April, the Arizona Diamondbacks will play two games against the San Diego Padres in Mexico City. They will be the city’s first regular-season Major League Baseball games. A D-Backs committee visited Mexico’s capital last Wednesday.

The committee visited the recently inaugurated Diablos Rojos Stadium, where the games will be held.

They also met with Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as AMLO.

“He’s a big fan of baseball, and he’s committed to the success and growth of that sport,” said Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Diamondbacks, who gave a D-Backs jersey to AMLO.

Hall said Mexico is a very important market for the team, and he discussed with the Mexican president the possibility of building projects in the future.

“We talked about quite a bit: if we could work on some exchanges together, best practices, maybe host a coach,” Hall said.

A few months after entering office, AMLO, who preaches for austerity and economic justice, authorized millions of dollars to open a presidential office to promote his favorite sport, baseball.

Rodrigo Cervantes was KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City from 2016 to 2021.