San Diego-Dodgers opening two-game series.
First time in Korea… Kochuck likely
Machado, Soto, Betts, and other MLs to appear
金 “상상할 수 없는 일이 벌어져 행복”
Korean baseball fans will soon be able to watch Ha Sung Kim (San Diego) hit a ball thrown by Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers) right in front of their eyes. Next year, Seoul will host an official Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season game for the first time ever.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play the 2024 season opener in Seoul next March 20 and 21, the MLB office and players’ union announced today. The stadium has yet to be finalized, but is expected to be Seoul’s Gocheok Sky Dome, the only dome in South Korea.
The two-game series, dubbed the “Seoul Series,” will be the ninth overseas opener in MLB history. In an effort to “globalize baseball,” MLB has been promoting a “World Tour,” which is a series of regular season games played around the world outside of North America. It’s been five years since the 2019 Tokyo Series (Oakland-Seattle) in Japan, which marked the retirement of Ichiro Suzuki (50), that MLB’s official opening game was held outside of North America.
The two National League West teams facing off in the Seoul Series could be called a star-studded squad. San Diego is loaded with power hitters like Manny Machado, Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis Jr. in addition to infielder Ha-Sung Kim, who has developed into a franchise mainstay. “South Korea is a great baseball country with a rich tradition, passionate fans and talented players, and we are proud to serve as ambassadors for the global game through the historic 2024 Seoul Series,” said San Diego CEO Eric Groupon.
“When I first joined San Diego (in 2021), I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to represent MLB with San Diego in South Korea,” Kim said on the club’s social media accounts. “I can’t tell you how excited and happy I am to be playing in Korea in a San Diego uniform. To be able to bring my teammates and coaching staff to Korea and experience this great opportunity together is very special and will be a great memory for me.”
The Dodgers are one of the most familiar MLB teams to Korean fans, having been played by Korean Major League Baseball pioneer Chan Ho Park (retired). In addition to Park, Hee-seop Choi (KIA hitting coach), Jae-ng Seo (KIA pitching coach), and Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto) have worn the blue Dodger uniform.
The Dodgers have been good every year in recent memory, and they have some outstanding players. This year alone, resurgent left-handed ace Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Fred Freeman, and J.D. Martinez were named fan-voted All-Stars. The Dodgers lead the West with a 51-38 record (.573 winning percentage) this year.
Next year’s MLB World Tour begins with a series in Seoul, followed by a series in Mexico on April 28 and 29 (Houston-Colorado) and a series in London on June 9 and 10 (New York Mets-Philadelphia). 토토사이트 An exhibition game, the Dominican Republic Series, will be held March 10 and 11 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with Boston and Tampa Bay facing off.