The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals are rebuilding.
So, from that standpoint, perhaps it makes sense that they will play each other on amateur baseball's biggest stage in 2019.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the Tigers and Royals will play a game June 13, 2019, in Omaha, Neb., at TD Ameritrade Stadium, the home of the College World Series.
The game will take place two days before the start of the CWS, and will be the first major-league game ever played in Nebraska. ESPN will televise the game.
"We look forward to partnering with the NCAA and all the various parties who have worked hard to put this game together," Manfred said in making the announcement Thursday. "This represents another significant step in our efforts to showcase the solidarity that links each level of our great game."
Said Tigers general manager Al Avila: "All of us with the Detroit Tigers are thrilled and honored to participate in the first-ever major-league game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The College World Series is one of America's jewel events and is truly an institution within the baseball world.
"We are looking forward to showcasing the talent of our Major Leaguers on amateur baseball's biggest stage."
The game will be a Royals home game, and should feature a significant number of Royals fans. Omaha is less than a three-hour drive from Kansas City, Mo.
The event is part of MLB's new Summer Series, which in recent years has featured the Braves and Marlins playing at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 2016, and the Pirates and Cardinals playing in Williamsport, Pa., in 2017. The Phillies and Mets will play in the second annual Little League Classic later this season.