Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Monday that Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and Yankees pitcher Carsten Sabathia would travel to London, England, this week to help promote the 2019 London Series presented by Mitel. The pair of American League All-Stars will be representing
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Monday that Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and Yankees pitcher Carsten Sabathia would travel to London, England, this week to help promote the 2019 London Series presented by Mitel. The pair of American League All-Stars will be representing their rival clubs while touring the city, visiting iconic sights and taking in the experiences of English Premier League soccer games.
Bradley Jr., an AL All-Star in 2016, was named the Most Valuable Player Award winner of the 2018 AL Championship Series en route to helping the Red Sox win their fourth World Series championship in the past 15 seasons. The 28-year-old, who was drafted by Boston with the 40th overall selection in the '11 Draft, claimed his first career AL Gold Glove Award in '18.
"As an athlete who has been fortunate to play for the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball, the ability to promote our sport on a world stage is an exciting opportunity," Bradley Jr. said. "I'm looking forward to our series in London in June 2019, and to bringing our storied rivalry against the New York Yankees to a new audience."
Sabathia, the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner and six-time All-Star, was a key component of the '09 World Series champion Yankees team. The 18-year-veteran has 246 career wins, which ranks second among all active pitchers. In addition, the 38-year-old left-hander leads all active Major League pitchers in strikeouts (2,986) and innings pitched (3,470).
"I'm excited for our series with Boston next summer, and I welcome the opportunity to promote our great sport and the history of our rivalry across the pond," said Sabathia. "I also love traveling, so being able to take in the sights and sounds of London while helping build momentum towards the first-ever Major League Baseball games to be played there is something I am embracing. Consider me the Yankees' advance scout for London."
The long-time AL East Division rivals will participate in media opportunities on Friday, Dec. 14, including a product signing at the New Era Store in Central London and a visit to the Lords Cricket Ground. Sabathia will visit Etihad Stadium, the home of Manchester City FC, as they host Everton on Saturday, Dec. 15, while Bradley Jr. will travel to Liverpool on Sunday, Dec. 16, to see Liverpool FC take on Manchester United.
The 2019 London Series presented by Mitel is a two-game series taking place on June 29-30, 2019 at London Stadium. The Red Sox will play host to the Yankees in the first MLB games played in Europe. For more information regarding the Series, please visit mlb.com/londonseries.