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MLB's biggest rivals to face off in two-game series in London

09 May, 2018, 00:33 | Author: John Swanson
  • Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez delivers during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston Friday

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was in London to make the announcement and said there was a commitment to play in London in 2020 as well, with the "intention to establish a long-term footprint in the city".

With a two-year deal agreed upon, Major League Baseball will host an additional series in London in 2020, with those teams to be announced later.

Boston Red Sox joint owner John W Henry. The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners will also open the 2019 season at the Tokyo Dome in March.

The NFL has played games in London every year since 2007, while the National Basketball Association has held eight regular-season games there since 2011.

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The big announcement comes as the two teams begin a three game series at Yankee Stadium tonight.

"They are excited about the chance to meet new fans and showcase the game they love", he said.

"London was a target for us regardless of either football or basketball", Manfred was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.

"I am absolutely delighted that we have secured this historic agreement for Major League Baseball to come to London in 2019 and 2020".

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Major League Baseball is heading to London. These are the two best baseball teams in the world and arguably the two best sporting teams in the world. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium", he added.

Mr Khan has said he wants to make London the sporting capital of the world.

"We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way".

Major League Baseball is set to emulate the NFL as of next year and set up shop in London.

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