The deal means that Facebook will stream one game each Friday for free, starting tomorrow with a game between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds.
Major League Baseball have set their sights on staging regular season games in Europe, Commissioner Rob Manfred said on Thursday at the end of three days of team owners meetings. "I can't give you a percentage, but we do think it's time, whether it's 2019 or shortly thereafter, that we play in Europe".
MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball agreed to the posting system in December 1998 in which Japanese clubs can make available players over which they have control.
"We've probably gone backwards a little bit", said Manfred with a note of frustration.
Manfred said the collaboration would help grow the sport with young people.
"We've had extensive conversations with Tony about a process for putting a series of meetings together to try to advance the ball on the pace-of-game issues", Manfred said.
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"There are things that can be done to try and improve on the pace-of-game time".
Major League Baseball has already staged regular season games in Japan, Australia and Mexico. "We certainly would love to have a new system in place for the signing season 2017-2018".
The SFIA report said that with almost 25 million participants, baseball and softball combined to rank as the most participated team sports in the United States a year ago.
- Colorado owner Dick Monfort replaced San Diego's Ron Fowler as chairman of the labor policy committee.
- Manfred said "we are very close to being finished" with an investigation of the Dodgers, who were accused by Nick Francona of firing him improperly previous year. Major League Baseball teams bid, and the player's Japanese club receives the posting fee only if he reaches agreement with an Major League Baseball club.