New York Yankee Luis Severino hopes next summer’s baseball games at the London Stadium will inspire young people in the UK to take up the sport. The star pitcher, 24, said he relished the challenge of bringing the all-American sport across the pond and promised: “They’re going to love it.” Next June, the Yankees will take on fierce rivals and World Series champions the Boston Red Sox in two games for the London Series, which is being presented by Mitel and MLB. It is the first time that Major League Baseball will be played in Europe, following successful London ventures for the NFL and the NBA. Severino, the Yankees’ starting pitcher who grew up in the Dominican Republic, said the teams would put on a “good show” for crowds in the capital. He told the Standard: “I think it’s going to be great. I don’t think there’s a lot of baseball there, so it’s going to be fun to be Boston versus Yankees. “Baseball is a … [Read more...] about You’ll love it, says Yankees star who’s bringing baseball to London
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London will have a place on the Major League Baseball calendar for decades to come, according to Alex Rodriguez. One of the biggest name’s in the history of the sport is confident baseball can eclipse the NFL and NBA when it follows suits with its first games in Europe next year. Rodriguez’s former team, the New York Yankees, take on World Series champions the Boston Red Sox at the London Stadium in two regular season games on June 29 and 30. The 43-year-old nicknamed A-Rod, who retired in 2016, told Standard Sport: “London will be known for MLB for decades to come, particularly by starting with something this big. This will grow and grow.” Rodriguez was at the stadium today, calling on fans to pre-register, meaning they can purchase tickets on December 3 before they go on general sale three days later. The NFL has been coming to London since 2007, the NBA since 2011. Both have been played out to packed crowds, but Rodriguez warned: “The Brits are so … [Read more...] about London games will be on MLB calendar ‘for decades’
Major League Baseball is bound for expansion one of these days. Commissioner Rob Manfred has kicked around the idea of a 32-team league for a while now and brought up the notion again during last week’s All-Star festivities. One of the potential locations he named during an interview with Fox Sports 1 was Montreal, ironic considering Manfred’s predecessor, Bud Selig, spent years trying to move that franchise practically anywhere else. The Expos played 22 games in Puerto Rico in 2003 and 2004, and after baseball’s 29 other franchises pitched in to purchase the team, the island — along with Portland, northern Virginia and Washington — made offers to the league. Of course the District of Columbia won, and 13 years later, the Nationals are at home in Washington, showing off its 10-year-old ballpark and star players over the All-Star break. The Nationals selectively honor parts of the franchise’s history, but Montrealers generally have moved on to … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball wants to expand. Montreal wants its Expos back. A perfect match?
However, the panel could not definitely say why the ball has been flying. Exit velocities — that is, how hard the ball was hit — were down last year, even as home runs were up. Launch angles were up slightly, "but only for the players with lesser home run talents," the report said. … [Read more...] about New study: ‘The MLB home run surge is not due to a juiced ball’
A look at what's happening around the majors today:YOU AGAINHouston's Charlie Morton and Cleveland's Mike Clevinger get a rematch of their most recent outing when the Astros and Indians begin a series at Progressive Field. Morton (6-0, 1.94 ERA) pitched Houston to a 4-1 victory last Friday, striking out eight over seven innings. Clevinger (3-1, 2.87) got his first loss of the season after allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings. The past two AL champions are in very different places, with Cleveland hovering near .500 while Houston is off to the second-best start in franchise history at 32-18 — trailing only last year's 34-16 opening.ROCKY ROADMinus injured sluggers Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier, the Mets begin a stretch of eight road games in seven days against two teams currently in first place: Milwaukee and Atlanta. Left-hander Steven Matz (1-3, 4.42 ERA) opens the trip at NL Central-leading Milwaukee. Right-hander Zach Davies (2-3, 4.24), who lost to Matz 6-5 on April 13 at … [Read more...] about LEADING OFF: Astros-Indians again, Mets limp to tough trip