This Friday (26), Major League Baseball announced that it will play four exhibition games in South Korea in November. A selection of MLB players (whose names have yet to be released) will face KBO teams to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Korean Major League Baseball.
The first two games take place on the 11th and 12th at Busan Sajik Baseball Stadium, home of the Lotte Giants, in Busan City. Kiwoom Heroes’ stadium, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, will host the other two matches on November 14 and 15.
The last time MLB was in South Korea was in 1922, when a team made up of the likes of Casey Stengel, Wyatt Hoyt and Rabbi Pennock toured Asia, also passing through China and Japan.
“South Korea’s rich history of baseball and its experienced, fun and engaged fan base make it an ideal place to showcase our major league players as we continue to expand our game globally,” said the Major League Baseball executive. MLB (MLBPA players), Leonor Colon.
Four Korean-born players are playing in MLB today: Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi, San Diego Padres shortstop Hae-Seung Kim, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and Boston Red Sox who were born in Israel, but were adopted as children by a couple from California.
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The MLB World Tour: Korea Series, which will replace the MLB Japan All-Star Series, an event that has been held in Japan on and off since 1986, is part of the MLB World Tour schedule, a plan by the league and the MLBPA to expand the sport to other countries. By 2026, the goal is to play 24 regular season games and 16 exhibition games in Asia, Europe and Latin America. There are already plans to hold games in France, England, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
“Major League Baseball is excited to travel to Busan and Seoul for this historic series. This tour is the next step in MLB’s plan to hold regular baseball events in Korea for many years and will follow Home Run Derby X, scheduled for September 17 in Seoul,” said an official The league’s chief operating officer Chris Marinak.
The Home Run Derby X is another new addition to this MLB international expansion program. Teams made up of former players, including Adrian Gonzalez, Johnny Gomes, Nick Swisher and Giovani Soto, will join softball and baseball players, major league prospects and digital influencers in the competition that will span London, Seoul and Mexico City.