Major League Baseball (Major League Baseball) and the Players Union (MLPBA) announced on the 13th that during the 2024 MLB regular season, an MLB world tour will be held in four countries outside the United States and Canada.
In particular, from March 20 to 21, 2024, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres will play two season-opening games in Seoul, which is also the first MLB regular season game to be held in Korea.
It is also the ninth Opening Series in Major League history to be held outside of the 50 states and Canada, and the third in Asia after Japan and Australia.
In addition to the opening game in Seoul, the MLB World Tour event will also host another regular season game in 2024 in Mexico City and London, which hosted MLB regular season games in 2023. The Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies will play two games in Mexico City on April 27 and 28, 2024, and the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies will play in London, England, on June 8-9.
Additionally, on March 9 and 10, the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will have a spring training practice match in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as well as a three-city regular season series.
The MLB World Tour is the beginning of a new history that brings major league clubs and players directly to fans in various countries around the world, with up to 24 regular season games and 16 events in Asia, Mexico, Latin America and Europe from 2023 to 2026. It is the largest international away game plan in the history of MLB and MLBPA, which will host the game.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “MLB is very excited as it prepares for international games to be held in various countries in 2024.” We are very much looking forward to the season opener in Korea for the first time ever, with the 2024 regular season games being held again following 2023 in Mexico City and London.”
KBO President Heo Gu-yeon said, “I would like to thank MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and other officials from related organizations for their efforts until the MLB Opening Day in Seoul was held. We expect that it will provide Korean baseball fans with a very special opportunity to watch major league games in person, and at the same time, it will become a great venue for international exchange to showcase the passion and culture of Korean baseball fans.” We will do our best to promote cooperation with the Secretariat and provide more diverse events and attractions to baseball fans.”
Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Carsten said, “We are very happy to have a meaningful MLB game for the first time in history next season in front of Korean baseball fans who have great knowledge and passion for baseball.” It has a proud and long history of helping the growth of baseball worldwide while participating in international away games, and I am very excited to add Korea to this. We Dodgers players are very excited to be able to spread our talents in Korea, which has a rich baseball tradition and talent, including former Dodgers former Korean players such as Park Chan-ho, Choi Hee-seop, and Ryu Hyun-jin.” .안전사이트
Eric Grupner, CEO of the San Diego Padres, said, “We are very excited to be able to play an MLB game in Korea for the first time ever. “Korea is a truly great baseball nation with a rich baseball tradition, passionate fans, and outstanding players,” he said. “The Padres are proud to be part of the historic 2024 Opening Series in Korea as global ambassadors with the Dodgers.” He expressed his anticipation for the game.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers have played a total of six international matches since their first overseas away game against the Montreal Expos in Puerto Rico in 1988, and the San Diego Padres played a MLB regular season match against San Francisco in Mexico City on May 1 of this year, a total of seven. Participated in several international matches.