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Initial reports by Australia’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper that the front offices of Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox were in negotiations to play a baseball game next season at the Sydney Cricket Sports Ground in Sydney, Australia are false, according to the Boston Globe.
The game would have been just like Boston’s 2008 season opener against the Oakland A’s in Tokyo, Japan: played in late March at the beginning of the season and counted as an official MLB game, not an exhibition. If the game were to have taken place, it would have been the first ever MLB-game played in Australia.
The Boston Red Sox, who reportedly enjoy a wide fan-base Down-Under, and the MLB have not ruled out a game in Australia in the future, but it will not take place during the 2010 season. Instead, the Red Sox will focus on tapping the Aussie talent, since two of the team’s scouts, Craig Shipley (Vice President of International Scouting) and Jon Deeble (Pacific Rim Scouting Coordinator) are both Australian.