Chase Utley is moving to London, will be an ambassador for Major League Baseball
Chase Utley is heading across the pond to become an ambassador in the United Kingdom for Major League Baseball.
People Magazine interview with Chase Utley
Utley, 43, who helped the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series in 2008, says he and his family will “travel around Europe a little bit” before he begins his new role with the MLB in London.
“I’m going to work for Major League Baseball as their ambassador to the U.K.,” Utley says. His main goal will be “promoting baseball” in London, where the sport has been growing in popularity for years.
According to Statista, there were about 22,500 baseball players in the United Kingdom in 2020, a number that increased significantly after the MLB held its first two games in the country between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Still, that’s a pretty surprisingly low number for the United Kingdom, so it’s pretty obvious that Rob Manfred and the MLB are focused on increasing their presence overseas.
Major League Baseball originally planned to work closer with London on bringing games overseas but were delayed by COVID-19. Now, the MLB will feature games in London over the next five years.