The Red Sox and Yankees could meet in London in 2018

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The Boston Herald is reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox could meet in London in 2018.

Talk of regular season baseball games in London has been circulating for some time now, but the Herald quotes Yankees president Randy Levine saying that he’s “hopeful and confident” that an agreement to that effect will be made soon.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement commits the players and owners to more international games, with London being specified by name. There has been past talk of the Mets going there and they very well might. Major League Baseball, of course, would love to have two of its marquee teams, the Yankees and Sox, make the trip as well.

I would like to volunteer as a broadcaster. From my audition reel:

  • “Oi! Betts nicked second offa Tanakar, innit?!”
  • “Farrell is out to get Kimbrel, who hasn’t retired a batsman. Not surprising. He’s pitched for three straight days and has bugger all today, mates. He’s absolutely knackered!”
  • “Looka that chav on his mobile, not payin’ proper attention to the match!”
  • “Bases loaded, right, count’s full. Price is really in Barney! Wot! Wot’s all this, then?! Fastball on the corner catches Castro lookin’! Girardi doesn’t like that call and he’s out for some argy-bargy! Price is right chuffed, but you can tell by his look that even he thinks that call was as bent as a nine-bob note!”

Seriously, call me, MLB. Put me on the air. My commentary would be blinding.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”