GREAT BRITAIN – In 2019, Britain will experience the first ever Major League Baseball games (London Series) played by the New York Yankees vs the World Champion Boston Red Sox on the 29-30 June in London. As a showcase of the great things to come to the baseball fans in the UK, we have organised our opening season to start on Saturday, April 6, at Farnham Park with an international twist. That is, expect to see the Irish highly coveted Baseball Ireland Champions – Dublin City Hurricanes team travel to London to play the reigning British Baseball Federation National Baseball League Champions, the London Mets.
The competition is in collaboration between Baseball Ireland and the British Baseball Federation. Both mentioned are the National Governing Body of their respective countries for the sport of baseball. Both the Hurricanes and Mets are decorated winners of their respective National League and internationally recognized as two top international baseball programs. The competition is being called the Irish British Baseball Cup, which will include top baseball players from Ireland and Britain. With two of Europe’s top two clubs taking part in the Irish British Baseball Cup, you can expect a lot of excitement, excellent baseball competition and the best showcase of players from both countries.
A spokesperson for the Dublin City Hurricanes Baseball Club, said, “Taking the Irish game to London is a real honor and incredible sporting opportunity. The London Mets are a great team, and we look forward to this challenge”.
The format for the April 6th NGB Cup is one nine-inning game winner earns the Cup and bragging rights. The Irish British Baseball Cup will be web streamed live through the British Baseball Federation YouTube Channel. So, subscribe to the BBF YouTube Channel to catch the free action on the 6th April. Further, all year the BBF is scheduled to bring you top British Baseball action (youth and senior), so tune in.
Drew Spencer, Manager, London Mets said, “The 2019 Season is something the whole of British Baseball is excited about, with MLB’s London Series shining a spotlight on our great game. The Mets are pushing to make this our greatest year yet, both on and off the field. We are incredibly grateful to the BBF for this opportunity to kick off our season with an exciting International competition. I look forward to seeing our fans, friends and families out there enjoying themselves and can’t wait to play ball with the Hurricanes.”
The Cup game will take place at Farnham Park, Slough in the UK (a 45-minute car ride from central London and 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport). There is no fee to get in, but spaces will be limited. So reserve the date and join us for the best club action from Ireland and Britain on the 6th April.
In a joint statement by both the Baseball Ireland and the British Baseball Federation, they said, ” We have the utmost respect for each other’s Federations, member clubs, teams, values and participants. To be able to collaborate and organize the Irish British Baseball Cup, says a lot of the power of the game of baseball which will bring two countries, two NGB’s and great baseball clubs (Hurricanes and Mets) to showcase everything which is good about the game (ex: great competition, collaboration, excitement, great participants and a lot of fun). On behalf of both Federations, we would like to thank the Dublin City Hurricanes and London Mets for their co-operation in taking part in the inaugural Irish British Baseball Cup. On the 6th April, One Game, One World, One Field, One Baseball, One Cup and Yes, One Winner, so Join us.”
Source: British Baseball Federation