MLB to return to London on five-year overseas playing deal

  • Beginning of the partnership with the Home Run Derby X event at Crystal Palace Park in July
  • MLB set to take game to Paris as part of ‘expanded’ international plan

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced a new partnership with the City of London which will see the UK capital host regular season games in 2023, 2024 and 2026, as well as other major events over the next five years.

MLB also confirmed plans to continue its European fan engagement program, along with expanded UK-focused content, participation initiatives and dedicated media events designed to help boost the league’s popularity at home. the stranger.

In addition to MLB regular season games and other engagement efforts, the London partnership kicks off with a Home Run Derby X event at Crystal Palace Park on July 9 this year.

This will include four of the league’s most iconic franchises – the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs. Each team participating in the event will include a former legendary player, a star of women’s softball or baseball, a “rookie” from the area’s local development program and a social influencer who qualifies as a “joker”.

The new deal builds on MLB’s overseas visit to the UK in 2019 when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox played a two-game series in front of 60,000 fans per game at the stadium. London.

MLB’s deal with the London Mayor’s office is part of a series of international events, which will also see the points-based derby competition played in Seoul on September 17 and Mexico City on October 15.

It looks like London could be part of a wider set of regular season games away. According to Reuters, the Dodgers are in talks to play a game in the French state of Paris in 2025, with MLB confirming to the global newswire that it is working on an “expanded international game plan” and that various locations are considered.

“Every aspect of MLB’s inaugural games in London was a resounding success,” said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

“It was clear that sports fans in London had a big appetite for baseball and that passion was shared by Mayor Khan as well as the business and media community.

“We are confident in our long-term commitment to London and look forward to returning to the city with more MLB games, special fan events and more opportunities to play and watch the game.”

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, added: “Today is a historic day for London and baseball.

“This long-term partnership with Major League Baseball is ambitious and includes regular season games as well as a legacy program designed to increase the number of Londoners watching and playing baseball locally in London.”

Neal T. Doss