It doesn’t feel quite as long ago as pre-pandemic things, but the Cubs-Cardinals series in London, England, planned for the 2020 season, definitely feels like it was supposed to take place in some alternate historical timeline. (Heck, maybe it did. And in that timeline, the 2020 Cubs won it all!)
With the London Series returning, finally, in 2023, there was an unspoken expectation that the Cubs and Cardinals would get the next shot. The AP reports that, indeed, the Cubs and Cardinals are “the leading candidates” for the 2023 series.
Moreover, while it’s not a lock that the 2023 series will be Cubs-Cardinals, the Cardinals are preparing internally as though it will be:
#stlcards continue to plan internally to host the #Cubs in London in 2023 as they were picked to do in 2020. The series would be in June, based on the draft of the schedule the team saw earlier this season.
Added quirk: A five-game visit to STL by the Cubs was on same draft. https://t.co/D2TgkbLU3T
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) May 9, 2022
So, all in all, pretty fair for us to expect it’ll be Cubs-Cardinals in London sometime next year. The two-game 2019 series between the Yankees and Red Sox is, to date, the only London Series that has taken place. They were the first MLB games played in Europe, and there is a very clear directive from MLB to have more international series in the years ahead.