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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.

Israel Advances to Winner’s Bracket with Shutout

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Israel 1 Brazil 0

Runs were scarce in the winner’s bracket match. Corey Baker pitched five innings of shutout ball, allowing just one hit and three walks to set the stage for Israel in their shutout win over Brazil. Four other pitchers extended the shutout with Brad Goldberg retiring the side in order in the ninth to rack up the save.

Bo Takahashi threw the first four innings for Brazil and allowed the only run of the game. Murilo Gouvea relieved Takahashi and silenced the Israeli bats for three innings.

Nate Freiman delivered a lead off double in the fourth inning that led to the only run. An error by first baseman Dante Bichette moved Freiman to third where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Cody Decker.

Brazil rallied in the 8th with back to back two out singles but came up short. Ryan Sherriff came on in relief of Jeremy Bleich to retire the last hitter of the inning.

Great Britain 14 Pakistan 0

Not much of a game here with a six run fifth putting the game out of reach. Champ Stuart drove in three runs and Albert Cartwright crossed the plate three times, hitting two triples to lead the Brit offense. Pakistan could not overcome 14 hits and 8 walks.

Brazil and Israel Win WBC Qualifier Openers in Brooklyn

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The last qualifier country is being determined in Brooklyn this weekend. Brazil and Israel got off to good starts.

Brazil 10 Pakistan 0

Pakistan is the only country of the four who have no players in the minor leagues in the United States. They are coming here to compete and learn to get better. Brazil trounced them in the opener 10-0 in a game shortened to seven innings because of the slaughter rule. Jean Tome pitched 5.1 innings of three hit ball to quiet the Pakistan bats. Juan Carlos Muniz smashed a two run homerun in the fifth inning to extend the lead for Brazil from 4-0 to 6-0. Pakistan got a good lesson in the game today.

Israel 5 Great Britain 2

Michael Roth pitched a great game for Great Britain, working six innings of one run ball and departing with a 2-1 lead. When the Brits went to their bullpen the Israeli bats came alive.

The first two hitters Rhett Wiseman (single) and Scott Burcham (double) ripped hits off reliever Vaughn Harris. Mike Meyers hit a fly ball out deep enough to left field to score Wiseman and tie the game up. Zach Borenstein lined a single to right field to give Israel a 3-2 lead. Israel scored two more insurance runs when Ike Davis singled and Cody Decker hit a sacrifice fly to up the lead to 5-2.

Great Britain had just taken the lead in the top of the seventh after a Champ Stuart double with a wild pitch advancing him to third. Todd Isaacs drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Brad Goldberg came on in the ninth to close out the game. He walked the leadoff hitter and then coughed up a double to Isaacs to put runners on second and third with no out. After a visit to the mound Goldberg ended the game with a popup and two strikeouts.

Great Britain will play Pakistan in a losers bracket game while Brazil faces off against Israel in the winners bracket contest. The winner of the losers bracket game will play the loser of the winners bracket contest.