MLB hopes for Yanks-Red Sox in London in 2019

Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi

While there have been no official announcements, discussions of the teams meeting for a two-game series at London Stadium in June 2019 are reportedly making progress.

A historic baseball rivalry could be on display over in London, if the deal goes through.

The fact that the Yankees and Red Sox are apparently interested in sacrificing lucrative home games against their respective biggest rival seems to demonstrate just how much value the teams see in building their brand in London.

According to multiple reports, the teams are working to finalize an agreement for a two-game series at London's Olympic Stadium in June 2019.

The Red Sox have the option of having both games be Boston home games, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press. Compared to other venues which host football, the London Stadium is much wider having catered for a 400m running track during the Olympics which is partly why it was selected by Major League Baseball officials previous year. Yankees manager Aaron Boone also hopes that some high-profile fans will be in attendance if the games are played at the London Stadium. "So, if that's true, maybe I'm going to London".




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

Both Wembley and Twickenham have hosted National Football League games in recent years.

Major League Baseball hopes to make an announcement in the next two months, The Associated Press reported. Also, players will get a $60,000 bonus for participating in the series per the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

"I think it would be a lot of fun, to be honest", Yankees first baseman Greg Bird said.

The MLB has played games in Australia, Mexico and Japan, with the Yankees playing their first game of the 2004 season against the Tampa Bay Rays in Tokyo, while the Red Sox opened their 2008 season with two games against the Oakland Athletics in the Japanese capital. The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians will play an April series at San Juan's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, while the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers are already scheduled to play a Monterrey series in May.

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