The MLB has announced future plans for games held in the city of London, beginning in 2023.

The partnership features regular season games in 2023, 2024, and 2026. The MLB held games in London for the first time in its history back in 2019, where the Red Sox and Yankees met for a two-game series. That was the last time the MLB held games outside of the United States and Canada. In addition to London, there were also games played in Japan and Mexico in 2019.

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The matchup seemed to be a success, and the games were quite thrilling. Each of the two games resulted in attendance numbers of just over 59,000. They made for entertaining baseball as well, although some speculated whether the balls were juiced. The Yankees swept their rival, winning 17-13 and 12-8. That’s 50 total runs across two games, including 10 home runs. The series was played at London Stadium. While those details haven’t been officially announced, the future games will likely take place there again.

This partnership is a step in the right direction in trying to continue to grow the game globally and internationally. A consistent presence will help do just that, as shown by the NFL. The NFL has played a game in London every year since 2017, other than the 2020 Covid-19 season. American football has grown globally a tremendous amount as a result.

The attendance in 2019 broke the record for most fans at an MLB game outside of the United States (and Canada). The MLB would be smart to feature some of the league’s most popular teams and/or a rivalry. That clearly worked with the Yankees and Red Sox.