The Toronto Blue Jays will return to Montreal once again for their final preseason tune-up versus the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019.
The Blue Jays will host the reigning National League Central champions on March 25th and 26th at Olympic Stadium before returning home to Toronto for their season opener versus the Detroit Tigers on March 28th.
This year’s event will mark the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos who broke into the majors in 1969. The Expos would relocate to Washington in 2005 leaving Canada with only one MLB franchise and a burning desire for baseball to once again be played in La Belle Province.
The on-field heroics will be tough to top from last season as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a walk-off homer to break a scoreless tie versus the St. Louis Cardinals in his dad’s old stomping ground.
The game this time around will showcase Christian Yelich who in all likelihood will be the NL MVP as well as Lorenzo Cain and former Blue Jay Eric Thames. Who knows the Brewers may be the World Champions by the time the games are played in Montreal.
The Brew Crew is currently deadlocked with the Los Angeles Dodgers at one game apiece in the National League Championship Series.
The Jays will undoubtedly sport a younger squad when they take the field in March with a new skipper in tow. Montreal native Russell Martin will once again make the trip as well as a number of other Canadian farmhands who normally get included in the experience
This will mark the sixth consecutive season the Blue Jays have concluded their spring training with a double-header in Montreal. The likes of the Cardinals, Pirates, Red Sox, Mets and Reds have all made the trek north of the border in previous seasons for the preseason affair.
Past games have seen upwards of 46,000 fans in attendance as Montreal builds a case for the return of an MLB franchise. Regardless, the two-day event is good for baseball and even better for baseball in Canada. It is nice to see the Blue Jays brain trust keep the tradition alive.