Now over five MLB seasons later, baseball fans in Australia are still waiting for the league to return Down Under. Australian sports fans are gearing up for another baseball season and they can visit Silentbet and get the latest bet bonuses and tips before the first pitch of 2020 is thrown.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks appeared in the first and only Australia two-game series in March 2014, and while the last two seasons have been littered with games overseas, the country isn’t likely to get an MLB game again soon.
The 2014 series played at the Sydney Cricket Ground drew over 76,000 baseball fans across the two-day event. However, after that season’s overseas games, MLB did not play outside the United States or Canada for the next three seasons. The Dodgers and the San Diego Padres competed in a three-game series in Mexico in 2018 and MLB saw eight games spread over three countries in 2019 with Japan, Mexico, and England being chosen to host series.
It is England that is currently the apple of MLB’s eye as over a combined 118,000 fans watched the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox play last June. MLB will once again descend on London in June 2020 as another big-time baseball rivalry will be played. This time, fans in the UK will get to see the Chicago Cubs play the St. Louis Cardinals.
London has been identified as the most reasonable destination to hold MLB games abroad outside of Mexico. The proximity to the USA’s and Canada’s eastern seaboard makes it an easy trip for teams and fans to make. In addition, many Americans and Canadians call England home and the London series allows them to experience a big-league game without flying back to North America.
The London series will be the only MLB games held abroad meaning Australia will see at least six consecutive seasons without big league baseball. Now, those words published by the Sydney Morning Herald seem emptier than ever before.
MLB has looked outside of North America in recent years to grow its fanbase and revenue. The league, just like the NFL, NBA and NHL, have found the sports market and number of fans it can obtain in North America to be slowing. MLB has turned its attention abroad with the idea of making more profits in all areas from gameday tickets to merchandise.
Australia has a long history with baseball that dates back to the 1850s when American miners and prospectors arrived Down Under. The Australian Baseball League is currently the top flight of baseball in the country. Founded in 2009, the eight-team league mirrors MLB in several ways. The league’s champion is determined by a playoff with the winner receiving the biggest prize in Australian baseball, the Claxton Sheild, which has been handed out since 1934.
MLB will be organising its 2021 and beyond games for overseas, but with Australia’s distance from North America, it is unlikely the league will be back soon.