The Major League Baseball World Tour 2024 has plans to play in four different cities across the globe including Seoul, London, Mexico City, and Santo Domingo. It will be the first time ever that an MLB regular season series is going to be played in Korea and the Dominican Republic and the second regular season in a row to feature series in Mexico and the UK.
The Dodgers and Padres will kick off the 2024 season with two games in Seoul from March 20 to 21. This marks the ninth time the regular series will open outside of North America, and the first time in five years. The last time was in 2019 in Tokyo where the A’s faced off against the Mariners. The game will be the Dodgers’ first international game since their match against the Padres in Mexico in 2018.
The Mexico City series will be contested by the Astros and the Rockies from April 27 to 28. Last season’s international games in Mexico were hosted in Monterrey between Houston and Colorado. The last time the Astros played in Mexico was during an exhibition game in 2016. The London Series is set to take place between June 8 to 9. London Stadium will host the match between the Mets and the Phillies. It will be the Mets’ first international game since 2010.
Along with the three regular international games, the Red Sox and Rays will play a spring training series in the Dominican Republic from the 9th-10th of March. Exhibition games are an important fixture in an MLB season, and almost 16 exhibition games have been scheduled between 2023 and 2026. This is along with 24 scheduled regular season games taking place internationally.
MLB pushing to be a global sporting brand
With a major following in North America and East Asia, the MLB will seek to improve its reach further and truly establish itself as a global sporting brand. "Interest in baseball is growing all over the world, and to bring the Mets' 'never-say-die' attitude to sports fans in London is a tremendous honor," Mets owner Steve Cohen said.