Following the cancellation of plans to play a two-game series in London in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLB on Thursday announced that the Cardinals and Cubs will play a two-game series there on June 24–25, 2023. The last time the league visited London was in 2019 for a game between the Yankees and Red Sox at London Stadium. The MLBPA and MLB have stated that the London Series is “part of an overseas slate that was accepted in the March labour deal.”
The AP reports that it also “called for London games in 2024 and 2026, the first France games in 2025, yearly Mexico City games from 2023 to 26,” as well as “an Asian opening in 2024 and a Tokyo opener in 2025.” Meghan Montemurro observes that the Cubs are “playing overseas for the second time” in Chicago. They played the Mets twice in Tokyo to start the 2000 season. In 2003, they went to San Juan, Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, to face the Expos in a three-game series.
ASSISTING: MLB has re-appointed CSM Sport & Entertainment (CSM) to help deliver regular season games to London in 2023, 2024, and 2026. On game days, CSM will be in charge of event marketing, ticket strategy and sales, hospitality product development and sales, venue operations strategy and production, player transportation, sports presentation, and the overall fan experience (CSM).