Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Yankees and A-Rod a Major Drawcard

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Yankees and A-Rod a Major Drawcard

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BASEBALL: It took Major League Baseball's Australian director Tom Nicholson 15 years to secure last month's historic, and highly-successful opening games of the 2014 season for Sydney.

The next series is unlikely to take so long.

Reports emerged on the weekend the world-famous New York Yankees could take on the Oakland Athletics in a double-header in Sydney to open the 2018 MLB season, but Nicholson was giving little away yesterday.

About to board a plane for the US, which he insisted was for a break to see his family, Nicholson told APN he was hopeful last month's games between the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks were just the start of things to come.

"I can't put a timeframe on when we might see a return, but we've got a five-year plan in place," he said.

"The MLB has an initiative to develop the game worldwide -- there are some clubs that aren't as receptive to this as we'd like them to be, but there are plenty which are."

The Yankees, with 27 World Series titles to their credit, would be an enormous drawcard Down Under. …

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