MLB plans regular season games in London in 23, 24 and 26

In June 2019, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees played two games at London’s Olympic Stadium. The league’s plans to hold future contests overseas were however thwarted by the COVID-19 pandemic which forced the creation of a shortened 2020 season and impacted the following campaign.

According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN) and an official MLB press release, big league baseball will return to London in 2023. Regular season games will also be held there in 2024 and 2026 as part of an agreement linked to the formation of the MLB London Legacy Group which will include people from the Greater London Authority and Baseball Softball UK.

According to the AP, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs were originally scheduled to play in London in June 2020, but those contests were scrapped due to the pandemic. Cardinals and Cubs are seen as “primary candidates” to play there at some point next year.

“Today is a historic day for London and baseball,” said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. “I want to continue to bring world-class sport to our city as part of my mission to make London the sporting capital of the world. This long-term partnership with Major League Baseball is ambitious and includes regular season games as well a legacy program designed to increase the number of Londoners watching and playing baseball locally in London.These matches will be a fantastic opportunity to once again showcase London Stadium as a versatile venue and a fantastic asset to the capital.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred added: “It was clear that sports fans in London had a great appetite for baseball and that passion was shared by Mayor Khan as well as the business and media community. ”

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