Red Sox, Yankees to play regular-season games in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees to play regular-season games in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees to play regular-season games in London in 2019

Though World Cup officials had been keen to make the logistics work in their bid to host matches at the London Stadium, the notion was eventually ruled out due to the awkward configuration required to fit the pitch into the venue without the setting sun impeding on play. The Red Sox will be the home team, not that it really matters.

But it will not be the first time regular-season Major League Baseball matches will have been played outside the United States, with ties already having been staged in Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia.

Major League Baseball said it also "committed to playing in London in 2020 and our intention is to establish a long-term footprint in the city" as American sports further embrace British fans.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan hailed the "historic agreement" that will see baseball games played at the home of Premier League side West Ham, saying it showed London is the sporting capital of the world.

The matches, which will be held on 29 and 30 June, will be the first Major League Baseball games to be staged in Europe. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium". Major League Baseball has gone to that well too many times. "Bringing these storied teams together for British fans - who have such a profound appreciation for sports at the highest level - only adds to the unique allure of one of the world's greatest sporting rivalries". The Red Sox have won eight times, most recently in 2013.

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"In future years there may be many more games in London and maybe a baseball team permanently".

Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly connects with a punch on the head of Yankees' Tyler Austin. The Yankees opened the 2004 season with a two-game series against the Rays and the Red Sox opened the 2008 season with two games against the Oakland Athletics.

London already has a strong presence in both the National Football League and NBA.

Talks were held in 2016 to stage regular-season matches in London but the plans were later abandoned.

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