Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

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

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

One of the fiercest rivalries in sport - the New York Yankees versus the Boston Red Sox - is on the move and heading to London as Major League Baseball flies across the Atlantic to broaden its global reach.

The last time they met in a series, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees were just fighting.

"Some of the most talented and dynamic players in the world will be playing in these games", said Tony Clark, Executive Director of the MLB Players Association. "We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball". MLB, which has previously staged regular-season contests in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Japan and Australia, will return to London for another series in 2020, with the participating teams yet to.

The plan is to host the London Series again in 2020, in order to establish a "long-term footprint in the city".

"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".

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"The stadium infrastructure in this city gives Major League Baseball every opportunity to put on a first-class event", Manfred said.

The news represents a coup for the mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who has been pushing to make his city the "capital of world sport".

Now, Boston and NY will take their historic rivalry to the iconic Olympic Stadium (now known as London Stadium), which hosted the 2012 Summer Olympics and also is the home to the soccer club West Ham of the Premier League.

"All the hard work has paid off", said Khan, describing it as an "historic" partnership.

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