Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Red Sox and Yankees selected for first ever London Series

New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres New York Yankees to play Boston Red Sox in London as Major League Baseball ventures into Europe for historic match
| 09 May, 2018, 01:15

Major League Baseball announced Tuesday morning that baseball's biggest rivalry will be headed to London next season.

LONDON (AP) - The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.

The announcement of MLB's arrival in London comes in the wake of discussions between Rob Manfred, the sport's commissioner, and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and follows the successful introduction of other United States sports into the capital.

It has also been confirmed there will be another two-game Major League Baseball series at the east London venue in the summer of 2020.

However, the venue has faced legacy concerns with London Mayor Sadiq Khan taking personal charge of the stadium's future following Newham Council's exit from ownership company E20 late a year ago.

"With the success of National Football League and NBA here, London is now the major hub for American sport outside the USA". There were significant challenges that had to be overcome.


Manfred said: "We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball". This series will surely be the most significant worldwide event to date for Major League ball.

New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said: "To have the opportunity to participate in this historic baseball endeavor and showcase our game in London is something our entire organization is thrilled to be a part of".

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

The London Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games. "We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way".

"They've been fighting it out for over a hundred years", Henry said about the Red Sox and the Yankees.

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