The MLB is set to enhance its global presence in the 2024 season with a series of international games. The highlight will be the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres opening the season in Seoul, South Korea, marking MLB’s debut in the country.
MLB will make history by playing its first-ever games in Korea as the Dodgers and Padres clash in Seoul on March 20-21, 2024. This signifies the growing popularity of baseball in Korea and underscores MLB’s dedication to expanding its global reach.
MLB has a tradition of launching seasons with international games. In 2019, the regular season commenced in Tokyo, Japan, with the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners. The positive response to these events has encouraged MLB to continue promoting the sport internationally.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed excitement for the upcoming international games in the 2024 season. He acknowledges the global enthusiasm for baseball and the league’s commitment to building on this momentum.
In addition to the Seoul series, other international events will take place throughout the season. The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays will play exhibition spring-training games in the Dominican Republic on March 9-10, celebrating the country’s baseball heritage.
Midseason contests are also scheduled. The Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies will participate in the Mexico City Series on April 27-28. Additionally, the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies will headline the London Series on June 8-9, marking MLB’s return to the United Kingdom.