Could the Red Sox and Yankees be taking their rivalry across the pond?
Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that the Sox and Yanks are pushing to play regular-season games in London in 2018.
The teams playing there has been “under discussion for the last two years by Red Sox owner John Henry and Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner,” according to Silverman.
The recently ratified collective bargaining agreement between MLB owners and players specifies a commitment to playing in multiple international destinations, with only London named as a possible site. The Mets have also been mentioned as a candidate to play there.
MLB has played regular-season series in Japan (including the Red Sox opening the season there in 2008), Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia. Henry's ownership of the Premier League's Liverpool soccer team gives the Red Sox a distinct British connection.
Silverman reports that Olympic Stadium, built for the 2012 London Games, is the leading candidate to be the venue for MLB’s first foray into Europe.