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MLB’s international strategy likely to lead to South Korea games

MLB will extend its international reach into a new Asian market, with sources saying that South Korea is the leading location to host a season-opening series in 2024.

That would mark the first MLB regular-season games in that country and add to an international growth plan that has seen the league schedule such games in Mexico City (four two-game series), London (three), San Juan (two) and Tokyo and Paris (one each) between 2023 and 2026.

The push marks the “most ambitious international play plan in league history,” according to Jim Small, MLB’s senior vice president of international.

This would not be the league’s first foray into South Korea. MLB opened an office in Seoul three years ago and set up grassroots programs and localized content in that market. Seoul hosted a round of the World Baseball Classic in 2017, and MLB has a Home Run Derby X event scheduled for Incheon in September.

However, as Small said, “Going back with major league teams matters.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 22, 2022 at 10:51 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 22, 2022 at 01:54 PM (#6087811)
If only they would play MLB games in Detroit!
   2. Brian C Posted: July 22, 2022 at 08:11 PM (#6087861)
Going to a KBO game was one of the highlights of my trip to Seoul several years back. Extremely active and engaged crowd and a very different experience than going to a game in the States. I mostly disagree with playing actual games away from teams' home stadiums on principle, but nevertheless it ought to be fun to watch these, and I'd be tempted to try to go if the Cubs play them.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 22, 2022 at 10:17 PM (#6087889)
IKE in 1952: “I shall go to Korea.”
MLB in 2022: “We should go to Korea.”
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: July 25, 2022 at 08:35 AM (#6088138)
Going to a KBO game was one of the highlights of my trip to Seoul several years back.


Strong concur, it was a ton of fun. Lots of organized cheers and fans sitting in sections specific to which player or team they liked. They weren't selling concessions (at least in the super cheap seats I was in) but guys with backpacks would roam around selling absolutely incredible varieties of things, bottles of shoju, whole dried squid, etc...

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