New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox London Series Due in 2019

AP License N  A Created 2018:03:01 13:39:47

Yankees and Red Sox Are Close to Deal for June 2019 London Series

Major League Baseball (MLB), the primary U.S. baseball league, has long earmarked London and the London Stadium as a potential venue for worldwide events.

According to Sherman's report, details about the arrangement still need to be ironed out, such as finding a promoter, signing a deal with the London Stadium and getting the Yankees and Red Sox to agree to lose one home game a piece officially.

Baseball teams the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox could be the latest sporting giants from America to visit London, with the two sides nearing an agreement to play at the former Olympic stadium next year.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone seemed surprised when told of the possibility Thursday.

"Any time you can grow our game, that's a pretty cool thing", he added.

Located in the eastern part of the capital, the stadium is the home of Premier League club West Ham United and was also used during the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 Athletics World Championships. An official announcement is expected some time within the next two months. "Let's get the royal family out there".

The latest Major League Baseball collective bargaining agreement includes a provision whereby players are paid a bonus for participating in such global games. The Red Sox began the 2008 season with a pair of games against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo; the Yankees played their 2004 opener there against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The games would be held at London Stadium which was initially built for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians will meet in San Juan on April 18.

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