Major League Baseball: London Stadium to host two fixtures in 2019

In April, two games between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins took place San Juan in Puerto Rico, while the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres played a three-games series in Monterrey, Mexico earlier this month.

Major League Baseball is heading to London.

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

Manfred said: "We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball".

Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry, whose Fenway Sports Group owns Champions League finalists Liverpool, said: "For several years the Red Sox and Yankees have discussed playing in London as the first-ever Major League Baseball regular season game in Europe".

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred was in London to make the announcement and said there was a commitment to play in London in 2020 as well, with the "intention to establish a long-term footprint in the city".

"Some of the most talented and dynamic players in the world will be playing in these games", he said at a news conference in London.

Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred described the plan as "our most significant endeavor in Europe", while Tony Clark, executive director of the players' association, MLBPA, said fans should expect intense competition. "They are aware they'll be a part of history, but they also know these games count". This series will surely be the most significant worldwide event to date for Major League ball.

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

He told the London Evening Standard: "Since I became mayor, I have been determined to bring baseball to our city and I am really pleased we have been able to reach what is an historic agreement".

The Red Sox and Yankees rivalry is legendary, with both teams having played in the American League for more than a century.

The NBA and National Hockey League have also held regular-season games in London.

The NFL has played regular-season games in the capital since 2007, holding 18 games at Wembley and three at Twickenham.

  • Steve Townsend