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Yankees, Red Sox to play in London in 2019

Yankees, Red Sox to play in London in 2019

The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners will also open the 2019 season at the Tokyo Dome in March.

The parties have agreed to a two-year deal that will include another series in London in 2020, with participating teams to be announced, and other initiatives that will aim to establish a footprint in the city.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred joined Khan at the Regent Street Cinema in London to announce the series.

"They are excited about the chance to meet new fans and showcase the game they love", he said. "So fans can expect intense competition during what will surely be a great few days in London".

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

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Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, launched the London Series alongside Red Sox owner John W Henry, to co-owbner of Liverpool Football Club, and Yankees chief Hal Steinbrenner in London on Tuesday. There were significant challenges that had to be overcome.

The Red Sox and Yankees rivalry is legendary, with both teams having played in the American League for more than a century. This series will surely be the most significant global event to date for Major League ball.

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. "That fact, coupled with the nature of the rivalry and our desire to make the most out of the London series, made this the ideal choice for the London outing". These are the two best baseball teams in the world and arguably the two best sporting teams in the world.

Major League Baseball officials, along with Red Sox and Yankees brass held a joint press conference this morning to make the big announcement.

Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge puts Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly in a headlock after Kelly hit Yankees' Tyler Austin with a pitch.


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