The full Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season schedule for next year has been released. As announced by the Major League Baseball office the day before, the official opening game will be the “Seoul Series” between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres on 20 and 21 March 2024.메이저사이트
The official opening game has been held eight times outside the United States and Canada. Monterrey, Mexico (1999), Tokyo, Japan (2000-2004, 2008-2012, 2019), San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001), and Sydney, Australia (2014). Next year’s edition in Seoul will be the ninth. The venue is likely to be the Gochuk SkyDome. Major League Baseball conducted due diligence in the country once last autumn and will send a working team to Korea again next month to finalise the location for the opening game.
In the United States, the 2024 season begins on 29 March (KST). After the opening game in Seoul, Kim’s Padres will travel to the United States for a home game against the San Francisco Giants on 29 March. The Pittsburgh Pirates, with Choi Ji-Man and Bae Ji-Hwan, open the season on the road against the Miami Marlins.
MLB.com highlighted the “can’t-miss highlights” of next year’s schedule, which features 162 games per team. First on the list is the Opening Day game in Seoul. “You can wake up early in the morning and relive the experience of watching a KBO game in the early days of the pandemic,” MLB.com said. American fans quenched their thirst for baseball by watching Korean professional baseball online in 2020, when the pandemic delayed the start of Major League Baseball.
There’s also interest in “overseas games” to globalise baseball. The Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros will play in Mexico City (Mexico) on 28-29 April, and the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets will face off in London (UK) on 9-10 June.
The 21 June game in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) will have historical significance. “Willie Mays played at Rickwood Field in 1948 as a 17-year-old for the Negro League’s Black Barons,” MLB.com reported, “and more than 75 years later, Mays will be invited to America’s oldest ballpark to watch the San Francisco Giants play the St. Louis Cardinals.” Mays, 92, is a legendary slugger who batted .302 with 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, 1,903 RBIs and 338 stolen bases in his career with the Barons, Giants and New York Mets. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.