Two people familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is considering one of two matchups for its 2020 series in London: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because no announcements had been authorized. An announcement is expected after opening day this year.
MLB teams playing in venues outside the USA and Canada is a great tool for promoting the game. Besides this year’s Red Sox/Yankees games in London, MLB games have been played in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Japan and Australia. The linked article further points out:
Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement calls for a 2020 opener in Asia, April games in Mexico, May games in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic and June games in Britain.
The Athletics and Mariners will be opening the 2019 baseball season in Tokyo March 20 and 21, with those games expected to be very popular with Ichiro Suzuki likely wrapping up his outstanding career by appearing for Seattle in those two games.
If the Cubs do go to London in June 2020, I’m definitely heading over there. Wouldn’t miss that for anything. It would be the Cubs’ second international series, as they opened the 2000 season in Tokyo with two games against the Mets.
The games would be played at London Stadium, originally built for the 2012 London Olympics and also the venue for this year’s Red Sox/Yankees series.
Here’s how London Stadium will be configured for baseball this June, along with ticket pricing:
Here’s hoping MLB does indeed select the Cubs and Cardinals for games in London in 2020.