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Yankees and Red Sox play in London in 2019: Ten Things to Know



As expected, the MLB announced on Tuesday that the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will play a pair of games in London in the 2019 season. Now let's solve the problem … FAQ style …

When will the games be played?

The two-game set is scheduled for the 29th and 30th of June 2019. The Red Sox are the home team of both competitions.

Where are the games played?

The series plays for the London Stadium, which is located about six miles east of central London. The London Stadium was originally built as the main venue for the 201

2 Summer Olympics. After the Olympics, it was gradually rebuilt into a multipurpose facility and reopened in 2016. Here is a look at this process (please read "process" with a long sound for additional truth) …

The stadium will of course be redesigned in time for the London Series for baseball, and the reconfigurations will allow a seating capacity of 55,000. The current field size is 222 feet by 345 feet. This space can be maximized by diamond orientation, and perhaps there is room to temporarily expand the playing surface.

Here is the stadium set up for an athletics event in 2017 …

  Track and Field: London Anniversary Games

9. July 2017; London, United Kingdom; General view of the London Anniversary Games in an IAAF Diamond League meeting at the London Stadium in Olympic Park.
Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sport

Today, London Stadium is primarily home to West Ham United F.C. known. the Premier League.

Why London?

MLB, especially since Rob Manfred was appointed Commissioner, is dedicated to expanding the international presence of sport. For a while, the league has been holding regular series in Mexico, Japan and Australia. These venues, however, have a stronger baseball base, at least in terms of enthusiasm for the game, than Europe. In this sense, this first push towards Europe means breaking new ground.

Oh, and during the announcement on Tuesday, Manfred joked that London got the nod because Mayor Sadiq Kahn is the only European mayor who has had the experience of throwing a solemn first pitch. During the 2016 season in New York, Khan picked up the first pitch before a Mets game (note the deception in the delivery) …

Why the Yankees and Red Sox

If you're going to try this in To bring a market that may not be accessible to baseball, then you should bring out your two best known brands. Here's one way to think about it …

The Yankees are pursued in yellow, Red Sox in red and West Ham in blue. That is global. Here's how things get shaken up when we focus on the UK …

Again, this is not a natural market for baseball that is that's exactly why MLB does this and the rivalry of the game. There is no doubt that baseball apathy must be overcome, but the London Stadium will still be crammed.

Yankees and Red Sox are also very good in 2019. Of the current stars currently on every roster, only Craig Kimbrel and CC Sabathia are free agents at the end of the season. There is also a reasonable chance that Bryce Harper or Manny Machado will play for one of these teams in 2019.

But what about the London weather?

London, of course, gets a decent rain break and shifts and delays have gone too far in 2019 so far. The summer months in England are relatively dry at the end of June and beginning of July. London at this time of year sees about 1.65 inches of rainfall per month. That's about half of what Boston sees at the time. London also sees a little less than 14 days of rainfall per month by the time the Yanks and Sox play. As for Temps, Fahrenheit expects heights in the low 70s and lows in the high 50s.

What about the schedule?

It is new to hold an overseas series pretty much in the middle of the regular season schedule, and no doubt some logistical challenges will come from this decision. The good news is that the last bargaining deal was for more days outside the MLB calendar, so this series probably had days before and after, which should leave plenty of time to overcome jet lag or the like. The flight time from New York / Boston to London is only an hour more than the flight time from New York / Boston to Los Angeles. Bring both teams home before and after the London Series, and that's nothing too hard.

In the name of all that is sacred, would you please share some carefully worded pro forma public statements from various interest groups?

If you insist. Here's Manfred:

"Major League Baseball is looking forward to providing one of the most legendary rivalries in sports to London's passionate fans, and in our ongoing efforts to develop baseball there's nothing as impressive as live games and ours Talents Players to Fans This is our most significant venture in Europe and we look forward to hosting Major League Baseball in one of the world's major cities. "

This is MLBPA boss Tony Clark:

" Some of the most talented and dynamic players of the world will play in these games and are excited about the chance to meet new fans and present the game they love, aware that they will be part of the story, but they also know That these games count so fans can expect intense competition during the many days in London. "

Here's Red Sox's main owner John Henry:

" For some Years ago, the Red Sox and Yankees are the first in London-each major league baseball regular season game in Europe. It's also the first time the Red Sox and the Yankees play against each other outside of New York or Boston. There were significant challenges that needed to be overcome. We can not be happier that Commissioner Manfred was able to do this. This series will surely be the most important international event for Major League Ball. I can not wait to hear that somebody in the London Stadium is calling "playing ball".

Here's Yankees Managing Partner Hal Steinbrenner:

"Having the opportunity to participate in this historic baseball game and present our game in London is something our entire organization is involved in bringing together these traditional teams for British fans who have such a deep appreciation for sports at the highest level adds only to the unique appeal of one of the world's greatest sporting rivalries – we expect a thrilling and intense couple Play and appreciate the importance of making our sport so meaningful. "

This is Graham Gilmore, CEO of the London Stadium:

" We are very proud of the venue The London Stadium has a track record in successfully completing major global events, from Premier League football to international and domestic rugby matches all the way to u range some of the biggest names in music. We look forward to welcoming MLB, teams and fans to the London Stadium for the first year of our hopefully successful and long-term partnership. "

Note that Mr. Gilmore essentially identifies himself as the venue.

Is there a hype video for this thing yet?

Yeah, one second …

Mayor Khan while No, not really, but no one can stop us from pretending that he has …

"I am absolutely happy that we have this historic agreement for Major League Baseball got to London in 2019 and 2020. All the hard work was worth it. There is no better way to start the London Series and the first major league baseball game in Europe than a collision between two heavyweights of international sport – the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. This is a big coup that once again shows that London is the sports capital of the world and I look forward to a new partnership with MLB and the long-term future of this sport in our great city. Those in the lucrative offensive business will note that Mayor Kahn simply disobeyed the New England Patriots and or Derek Jeter by declaring London the sports capital of the world.

The One? (19659003) Nó. London will host the MLB again in 2020. Undoubtedly, this is just the beginning of the League's effort to open up new markets.

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