It’s officially official.
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week before the 2019 College World Series on June 13, 2019.
Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS.
One person involved was Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore.
Baseball, particularly the CWS, provided opportunities for Royals’ players Alex Gordon (Nebraska), Justin Grimm (Georgia) and Whit Merrifield (South Carolina) to play on college baseball’s biggest stage.
This game next year was planned with the hope of bringing the professional and collegiate baseball ranks closer together – with an MLB game being played in college baseball’s capital.
It’s unconfirmed if more major league games will be played in Omaha past 2019, but Manfred believes this game could open the door for more MLB events to be held in the city, like the MLB Draft which is currently held in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The motive behind this game is similar to the regular-season games played at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Little League World Series. The 2018 Little League Classic between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies is set for August 19.