Due to a television scheduling conflict, Major League Baseball announced Friday that the Blue Jays will replace the Mets in the upcoming Hall of Fame Game, which is scheduled for May 21 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The Mets were originally scheduled to take on the Orioles in the annual exhibition game. That was until ESPN recently selected the Mets-Yankees Interleague matchup for its Sunday night broadcast on May 20. Now, Toronto will play Baltimore in a rematch of the Hall of Fame Game in 1998 -- the last time the Jays played in Cooperstown.
"We were thrilled with the original matchup, but when Major League Baseball and ESPN have a chance to have the Mets and Yankees on the national Sunday night game of the week, we certainly understand," Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey said in a release. "We're excited MLB has offered the Blue Jays. They've become one of the best teams in the American League."
The Hall of Fame Game, which first took place in 1940, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. ET. The game will follow pregame festivities, beginning with the Hall of Fame Game Day Parade on Main Street at noon. There also will be a Home Run Derby at 1 p.m.
This year's contest represents the fifth straight year that the Hall of Fame Game will not take place during Hall of Fame Weekend, which is scheduled for July 27-30. It's also the first time in three years that teams from the same league will be taking part in the event.
"I don't believe we've had to switch a team like this in decades," senior vice president of scheduling and club relations for Major League Baseball Katy Feeney said in a statement. "But we are still pleased to provide Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame with two Major League teams for the annual tradition of the Hall of Fame Game."
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.