NEW YORK – Look for stripes in Paris.
The New York Yankees have told Major League Baseball they want to be one of the teams for the sport’s first games in continental Europe at the Stade de France near Paris in 2025, The Associated Press has been told. two people familiar with planning. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB has not made the details public.
“That’s cool. It looks pretty exciting,” Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole said. “It’s going to be a really special opportunity.”
MLB has yet to make a decision on squads for France games and has focused more on the 2023 schedule, with its new balanced format.
Additionally, the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres have been selected for games in Mexico City next season, one of the people, also on condition of anonymity, said.
The stadium in France, Saint-Denis, was built for the 1998 World Cup and was the site of that year’s Champions League final. It has a football capacity of around 80,000.
New York played MLB games in London, sweeping a two-game series against the Boston Red Sox 17-13, 12-8 at West Ham Olympic Stadium in June 2019. MLB hosted the players the day before the game at the Tower of London.
“We loved it,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Our guys, from spring training when they knew it was on the horizon, were all really excited about it. I remember the week leading up to it, there was real excitement in our locker room at the idea of going there. And it was a really, really positive experience for me and, I think, for our team. It was a great place and a great break in the season.
The Yankees and Red Sox traveled after Wednesday’s home games and had two days off before the weekend series.
“The biggest thing is being able to have a day off to get on track and adjust to the time zone,” said Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks, who became the first major league player to hit a circuit in England.
St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs were scheduled to play in London in 2020, but those games were canceled due to the pandemic, and these are the likely teams for games in London in 2023. The new collective agreement also provides for games in London in 2024 before the first French games in 2025 and a return to London in 2026.
MLB’s ABC is considering annual games in Mexico City from 2023-26, an Asian opener in 2024 and a Tokyo opener in 2025.
Previous Tokyo openers include New York Mets-Chicago Cubs (2000), Yankees-Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2004), Red Sox-Oakland Athletics (2008), Seattle Mariners-Athletics (2012) and Mariners-Athletics ( 2019).
MLB has also played international matches in Sydney, Australia (Dodgers-Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014) and Monterrey, Mexico (Mets-San Diego Padres in 1996, Colorado Rockies-Padres in 1999, Padres-Dodgers in 2018, Cardinals -Cincinnati Reds in 2019 and Houston Astros-Los Angeles Angels in 2019).
A San Diego-Arizona series in Mexico City scheduled for April 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.