Petition: MLB Ireland
The History of MLB’S London Series
On June 29-30, 2019, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees played the first “London Series.” It was the first time that Major League Baseball games were played in Europe.
On June 13-14, 2020, Major League Baseball will return to London when the Chicago Cubs take on the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Case for MLB in Ireland
We believe Ireland is the perfect European venue for MLB games, because of Ireland’s rich sporting history and the significant impact on the game by players, coaches, and executives of Irish ancestry.
The Irish Impact on Professional Baseball
Highlights of the Irish impact on professional baseball include:
- There have been 50 Irish-born Major League players, more than any other European country.
- Thousands of Irish Americans have played professional baseball over the past 150 years.
- Many Irish Americans are enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
A professional baseball game in Ireland would generate tremendous interest among baseball fans, especially among the approximately 33 million Americans who claim Irish heritage.
We believe professional baseball games in Ireland should become a reality and we request that Major League Baseball begin exploring the possibility of an “Ireland Series.”