Hal Steinbrenner speaks about MLB's London Series, Yankees-Red Sox matchup

09 May, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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Major League Baseball has confirmed the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will meet in two regular season games at the London Stadium in June 2019.

The teams were selected as the two participants in the first ever London Series, which will take place on June 29 and 30 of next year.

The former Olympic Stadium will need re-configuring as a baseball field for the first MLB regular season games to be played in Europe.

"We hope this series will be the beginning of a relationship with London that persists and a continuation of increasing exposure for Major League Baseball in Europe".

It has already been announced that Oakland and Seattle will play next season's opener at the Tokyo Dome on March 20-21.

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". Three more National Football League games are scheduled for this year, including one at Tottenham's new stadium.


The stadium, which hosted the 2012 Olympics and is now home to West Ham, will be reconfigured for baseball, with 55,000 seats in place for the series. "We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way".

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. "This is a major coup demonstrating, once again, that London is the sporting capital of the world and I am excited about a new partnership with MLB and the long term future of this sport in our great city".

Manfred said: "We had great interest among the clubs in being one of the first two teams to come to London".

This season the Yankees have a better record than every other MLB teams except the Red Sox, which is 25-9 and top American League East.

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

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