Friday, 19 October, 2018

Red Sox, Yankees to play Major League Baseball games at London Stadium in 2019

Aaron Judge Mookie Betts Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge; Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts
Edward Snyder | 09 May, 2018, 00:52

Boston will be the home team for both of MLB's first games in Europe on June 29 and 30, 2019.

Britain will host the first Major League Baseball games ever played in Europe, after a deal was signed to bring fierce rivals Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees to London next year.

"We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball", MLS Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Tuesday.

Regardless of the success of the MLB's foray to London, two more matches have already been slated for 2020 - potentially involving different teams - as Manfred continues his push to expand baseball's footprint beyond the confines of the US. And Mayor Khan was equally confident that the matches would not rain on the World Cup parade.




Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry, who also owns English Premier League soccer club Liverpool, said: "There were significant challenges that had to be overcome". This series will surely be the most significant global event to date for Major League ball. "This is our most significant endeavor ever in Europe and we look forward to showcasing Major League Baseball in one of the world's great cities". "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium".

Major League Baseball has expanded its reach in recent years, hosting games in Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico and most recently in Mexico this past weekend, where the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres played a three-game series at Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today unveiled plans for the historic London Series 2019, which will take place at the London Stadium next June.

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