This June, the Marlins organization looks to expand their market internationally with a classic rival match-up.  Major League Baseball announced Thursday the Florida Marlins and New York Mets are switching their three-game set on June 28-30 from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Individual and group ticket sales for the three-game series go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday at The games were originally scheduled to be played at our very own Sun Life Stadium. Now, Florida will be the home team in San Juan.

Marlins Shortstop Hanley Ramirez

“Being the Gateway to the Americas, we want to try to capture that market,” said Claude Delorme, the Marlins’ executive vice president of ballpark development. “The more they can adopt the Marlins, it just allows us to grow our fan base and the business over time.” The games will be played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, a 19,000 seat, artificially-turfed facility that has attracted many major league games in the past. The Marlins-Mets match-up will be the very first MLB regular-reason game played overseas since the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A’s opened their 2008 season in Japan.  “Obviously, Major League Baseball and Puerto Rico share a long history together — long before the most recent events,” said Paul Archey, MLB’s senior vice president of international business operations. On the Marlins’ 40-man roster, Jorge Jimenez is from Puerto Rico. Pitcher Rick VandenHurk, who is from The Netherlands, played winter ball in Puerto Rico, as have several other Florida players in the past. Marlins special assistant Tony Perez, a Hall of Famer, makes Puerto Rico his home in the off season. “I’m very happy this is happening,” Perez said. “I like to see Major League Baseball played in Puerto Rico because I’ve lived there for a long, long time. I really love to see the people come to the ballpark to see Major League teams.”