TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are planning a return to the city of Montreal for the sixth consecutive year.Toronto will once again close out its spring schedule with a two-game exhibition series in La Belle Province. After previous appearances by the Pirates, Cardinals, Reds, Mets and Red Sox, it will
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are planning a return to the city of Montreal for the sixth consecutive year.
Toronto will once again close out its spring schedule with a two-game exhibition series in La Belle Province. After previous appearances by the Pirates, Cardinals, Reds, Mets and Red Sox, it will be the Brewers' turn to head north of the border.
The series is expected to once again feature highly touted Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. His father, Vlad, was a star player in Montreal from 1996-2003 before eventually continuing his Hall of Fame career with the Angels.
Last year, Guerrero Jr. returned to Olympic Stadium, where he was frequently spotted as a kid, and hit a walkoff homer to secure a win over the Cardinals. Considering Guerrero Jr. has yet to make his Major League debut, the unforgettable scene was likely his top moment from 2018.
"Montreal is a city with great baseball history and tradition," Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said in a statement. "We are excited to join in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos and to continue creating memories for Blue Jays fans across Canada."
The series also could feature the return of the hometown hero Russell Martin. The Blue Jays may consider moving Martin, 35, this winter considering he wasn't used over the final three weeks of the regular season, and Toronto intends set on making Danny Jansen its starting catcher.
Moving Martin and the remaining $20 million on his contract will not be easy, so there's still a good chance that he will rejoin the Blue Jays next spring. If he does, that means Martin will be making his fifth trip to Montreal, which he is where he grew up after being born just outside of Toronto.
The two-game series in Montreal is scheduled for March 25 and 26. Tickets will go on sale Friday at noon ET for the Blue Jays' final tuneup before the start of the 2019 regular season. Toronto is set to open next year's schedule vs. the Tigers on March 28 at Rogers Centre.
Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.