Manfred hopes for regular-season MLB games in Europe in 2019

FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to reporters after a ceremonial ground breaking for the Jackie Robinson Museum in New York. Days after a fan at Fenway Park directed racial slurs at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, Manfred said he is determined to "provide our players with an environment where they feel comfortable in every major league stadium that they play." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful the sport can play regular-season games in Europe for the first time in 2019.

Major League Baseball had hoped to have European games in 2018, possibly between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox at London’s Olympic Stadium, but decided there was not enough time to get plans in place.

”It’s something we’d really like to do in 2019,” Manfred said Thursday following a quarterly owners’ meeting. ”I can’t tell you we are going to do it. 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.”