Miami Marlins

Marlins Park to host international tourney this weekend

Tigres de Licey pitcher Yuniesky Maya.
Tigres de Licey pitcher Yuniesky Maya. Courtesy Tigres de Licey

It might not feel like winter in South Florida. But four of the top Winter League teams — two from the Dominican Republic and two from Venezuela — will be competing this weekend at Marlins Park in the inaugural Serie de las Americas.

The two-day tournament will be held Saturday and Sunday. Representing the Dominican Republic are two storied rivals: Tigres de Licey and Aquilas Cibaenas. Venezuela’s two representatives are Navegantes del Magallanes and Cardenales de Lara. Those two teams will meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a showdown between the two Dominican teams at 6 p.m.

The losers of the two Saturday games will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, followed by the championship between the two winners at 7:30 p.m. The title game will be shown on MLB Network.

It’s not the first time Marlins Park has hosted an international baseball competition. In 2013, it was the site of the second round of the World Baseball Classic, an event stadium officials would like to host when it is next held in 2017.

Tickets range in price from $10 to $125 and include admission to both games of the doubleheader on each day.