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Football or Baseball in London

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

If you were told the score of the game was 17-13 you would have thought it was a football game played in England in the middle of the summer. If you saw that two teams had scored “6″ in the first you would have thought two teams had each scored a touchdown and missed the extra points or had kicked two field goals and it was quarters you were talking about, not innings. But it was baseball they played in London and the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 17-13.

The game lasted four hours and 42 minutes, the second longest major league game in history. It missed being the longest game by three minutes. That game was also played by the Red Sox and Yankees. Ironic that baseball was brought to England because it was a faster game than cricket, which has been known to take a couple days to play one game.

The attendance was just short of 60,000 at London stadium, a cricket field turned into a baseball field. Myworld doesn’t know what the site lines were for the game but with all that action who really cares. Only six times in major league history, or at least since 1912 have two teams combined for 12 runs in the first inning. The 37 combined hits are the second most in a Red Sox/Yankees game since 1908. So there was a lot to see at the game.

It had a little international flair to the game too with Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka getting the start for the Yankees. He did not last past the first inning. It would have been nice to have honored all those major league players born in England. Most of those players were born prior to World War II so there are not many of them. Players who were born in England after 1950 who played major league baseball are:

Danny Cox
Paul Marak
Lance Painter
Chris Reed
Phil Stockman

There are enough there to make a basketball team, but not enough for a major league baseball team. The second game is today. Let’s hope this one is more representative of what baseball should be.

Second Major League Game Scheduled for London in 2020

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

This month Londoners will see the Yankees and Red Sox in a two game series (June 29-30). About this time next year (June 13-14) Londoners will see one of the top National League rivalries, the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in a short two game series. This is the completion of the two year commitment major league baseball made to London to play two series there.

A sellout for Yankees/Red Sox in London

Friday, December 7th, 2018

For those of you thinking of buying tickets for the Yankees/Red Sox in London - forget it. The game is a sellout. As would be expected for all Yankee/Red Sox games the June 29/30 game in London was a sellout. Ticket prices ranged from as high as 385 pound ($491) to 30 pound ($38). The game is being played at the Olympic Stadium in London. While the stadium can seat 80,000, for baseball the stadium was reconfigured to hold 55,000.

The collective bargaining agreement allows an extra $60,000 to each player who participate in the trip. Now that is a big per diem. Major league baseball will also play games in London in 2020.

London Mets Champs of Britain

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

For the second straight year the London Mets have won the British baseball championships. It was also their third championship in four years and their fifth overall, more baseball championships than any other team in Great Britain. They swept the Herts Falcons, who have yet to win a championship.

Rich Minford was voted the MVP for the finals with his .500 batting average and 10 strikeouts. In the best two out of three format both games ended because of the 10 run mercy rule.

The London Mets had finished in first place with a 25-5 record. The Falcons were a surprise participant in the finals since they finished the regular season 7-20.

London Calling

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

It was officially announced by major league baseball. The New York Yankees will play the Boston Red Sox in a two game series June 29-30 in London Stadium. The stadium can seat 55,000 so if it is a sellout there is an economic incentive to hold multiple series there. Another series is scheduled for 2020 with the teams and dates to be announced later.

Yankees Versus Red Sox in London June 2019

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Major league baseball is negotiating with having a major league game in London in 2019. They are not messing around either with a Yankees/Red Sox rivalry slated to be on the schedule. The Red Sox will lose two home games but major league baseball will reward the Boston franchise handsomely for the loss of those games.

It appears the games will be played at the 2012 Olympic Stadium.

London Mets Retake British Crown

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The London Mets, who won the championship in 2015 played the Southampton Mustangs, the champions from last year. In a best of three series the Mets swept the series 2-0, winning the first game 15-14 and blanking the Mustangs in the second game 6-0.

Puerto Rico, Mexico and London Possible for Major League Games

Friday, July 28th, 2017

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was made public and it appears major league baseball will be very aggressive in playing games internationally to expand their brand.

For this year it appears they have a post season for Mexico or Asia. These would usually be exhibition games after the regular season has ended. Korea may be an interesting choice with their new ballpark and the increased number of players moving to the major leagues. The fact nothing has been announced makes me think this will not happen.

In 2018 a game is already planned for the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians to play in Puerto Rico in a two game series in April. Also on the schedule are spring training games to be played in Mexico and an opening day for Asia. Mexico is also scheduled to have regular season games in May. At the end of the season a post season series is scheduled for Japan. Dominican Republic is listed for regular season games with Puerto Rico but myworld suspects that will be saved for 2019.

The 2019 season could see exhibition games in Mexico, Puerto Rico and/or the Dominican Republic. They also have an opening day for Japan. A couple years ago this consisted of exhibition games between the Japanese teams and the major league teams followed by a two game major league series. Shohei Otani could make his return to Japan if he signs with a major league club in 2018. Mexico and the United Kingdom are scheduled for major league games, but myworld suspects the London series will be in 2020. A post season series lists Mexico or Asia.

The 2020 season lists Mexico for an exhibition match with Asia schedule for an opening series. Major league baseball has always wanted to expose their game to China and this could be the opportunity. The real challenge would be to find a stadium large enough to have the series. The Olympic venue has been torn down for a shopping mall. Mexico, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Dominican Republic are listed for major league games. Japan has another post season exhibition series scheduled.

The 2021 season only shows regular season games for Mexico.

The fact these games are listed does not mean they will be played. If the Collective Bargaining Agreement did not list the games then major league baseball would have to negotiate outside the CBA with the players union to get these games played, an arduous process. It will be interesting to see what games they try to put into place.

Myworld would like to see Netherlands selected as a place to play a major league series. Unfortunately, the major leagues is a bit greedy and are always looking for large market places to brand their product. The Netherlands is not a large market.

Israel Pounds Great Britain to be Last WBC Qualifier

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Israel 9 Great Britain 1

The game was scoreless until the fifth. A Scott Burcham single drove Brit starter Spencer Kreisberg from the game. Al Knowles got behind Blake Gailen in the count and he drove a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence to give the Israelis a 2-0 lead. After a walk and a new pitcher Ryan Lavarnway drove a ball over the left field fence on the second pitch from Rei Martinez to give the Israelis a 4-0 lead.

Zach Borenstein would drive in a run for Israel in the sixth with a triple. Cody Decker rocked a solo blast in the seventh to up the score to 6-0. Israel would finish off the scoring with a three spot in the eighth after Great Britain had scored their only run in the top of the inning.

Lavarnway added an RBI single in the eighth to give himself three RBIs in the game. Jason Marquis threw four no hit innings, striking out five in his start to perplex the British hitters. Josh Zeid continued the no hitter through the seventh inning. Great Britain finally got their first two hits in the eighth inning when they scored their lone run.

Israel will now go to Seoul to compete against South Korea, Netherlands and Taiwan in Pool B

Great Britain Nicks Brazil to Face Israel in Finals of WBC Qualifier

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Great Britain 4 Brazil 3

Chris Reed threw 4.2 innings of relief and was one out short from finishing the game. Reed was a first round of the Dodgers in the 2011 draft. Daniel Cooper did not retire a hitter, but still got the save by getting the last out. Juan Carlos Muniz, who had hit a two out double to drive Chris Reed from the game tried to steal third but was thrown out to end the game. Don’t know what he was thinking about to make the third out at third.

Great Britain pounded ex-major league pitcher Andre Rienzo for three runs in the third to never look back in the game. With two outs and the bases loaded Todd Isaacs is hit by a pitch to force in a run. He was the second hit batter in the inning. An error by shortstop Leonardo Reginatto allowed two more runs to score to give Great Britain a 3-2 lead.

A Kyle Simmons RBI single in the seventh upped the Brits lead to 4-2. Brazil scored a run in the top of the eighth courtesy of a Brit error and had the bases loaded with two out when Bo Bichette struck out to end the inning.

A Great Britain win and appearance in the World Baseball Classic in 2017 would help major league baseball promote their major league game they hope to schedule for Great Britain sometime in 2018.