International baseball comes to St. Petersburg this week

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Mayor Bill Foster will throw out the first pitch on Monday, Feb. 21 at noon, kicking off a 13-game series of International Baseball at St. Petersburg’s Al Lang Stadium, and inaugurating a new tradition in a city that has had the distinction as “the birthplace of spring training” in Florida.

“Baseball’s back at Al Lang Stadium,” said Mayor Foster, who made drawing more sports events to the waterfront stadium a priority during his campaign for mayor. “This season, we will welcome South Korea, Canada and the Netherlands to our city for the first season of International Baseball, and next season, we look forward to seeing this tradition grow in St. Pete.”

Members of the St. Petersburg Sports Alliance worked with the city in recruiting teams from the around the world, including the Nexen Heroes from Seoul, South Korea; Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team; and the Dutch National Team from the Netherlands. From Feb. 21 to March 13, the three teams will play a 13-game season, pitted against each other, the Rays, the Phillies, Blue Jays and a few college teams.

Approximately 1,000 season ticket packages have been sold to date at a discounted rate of just $75 for all 13 games, and individual game tickets (starting at $6) are also for sale at

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