Major League Baseball games coming to London?

The mayor of London, England Sadiq Khan, second from right and Ray Mabus, Secretary of the U.S. Navy, second from left, applaud after the singing of the National Anthem before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in New York. Both Mabus and Sadiq threw out first ceremonial pitches. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

The NFL has had great success over the pond, and heck, the NBA draws a crowd when they are out there too, but Major League Baseball in London? Do they even have their own professional team?

According to BBC Sport’s Richard Conway, London mayor Sadiq Khan wants the MLB to explore hosting games in London.

“The owner of the New York Mets was very receptive. We’re in discussions with Major League Baseball and we want the MLB to come to London,” Khan told the British correspondent.

Olympic Stadium, previously known as London Stadium, located in the London suburb of Stratford, has been rumored as a potential venue.

Khan met with Mets brass in person as he was at Citi Field this past weekend.

The plan would be to have the game, or games, take place during summer. Olympic Stadium’s current tenant is West Ham United of the English Premier League.

The NFL’s international series continues this year with three games in London, but for the first time the Giants will play the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham, where the England national team calls home. In Week 11, the Texans and Raiders will play at Mexico’s Estadio Azteca.

In other international news, the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifying games are well underway. In three qualifiers so far Australia, Mexico, and Colombia have earned their 2017 spots.

Israel will take on Brazil and Great Britain will play Pakistan at the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones on Coney Island in the final qualifying action later this month.

The 16-team tournament will officially take place between March 9 and the 22. Games will be played in Japan, South Korea, Mexico, and the United States. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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