The MLB World Tour will reach four international destinations in 2024: London, Mexico City, Seoul and Santo Domingo.
The Seoul Series will be the 2024 MLB regular season opener, marking the first MLB regular season games to be played in Korea.
Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the full plans for all four series on Wednesday.
• Seoul Series: Dodgers vs. Padres, March 20-21 (MLB season opener)
• Mexico City Series: Astros vs. Rockies, April 27 and 28
• London Series: Mets vs. Phillies, June 8-9
• Dominican Republic Series: Red Sox vs. Rays, March 9-10 (Spring Training)
Mexico City Series 2024
“Major League Baseball is incredibly excited about this extensive slate of international games in 2024,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Our recent efforts have generated great excitement around the world, and we look forward to building on that foundation with returns to Mexico City and London, at the same time as we open the season in Korea for the first time. Plus, we can’t wait to celebrate the tradition of the sport in the Dominican Republic with our visit to Santo Domingo next March. We are delighted that our fans in four different countries outside of the United States and Canada will have the opportunity to see the stars of the game.”
The MLB World Tour schedule for next year includes the return of games to the United Kingdom and Mexico for the second consecutive season, after the 2023 London Series between the Cubs and Cardinals and the Mexico City Series between the Giants and Padres, in addition to new stops in Korea and the Dominican Republic.
“The players have a vested interest in growing baseball around the world. No matter where they come from, players are united by a passion for our game that transcends different languages, cultures and nationalities,” said Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association. “The series announced today will allow fans around the world to gain a first-hand appreciation of the unmatched skill and contagious enthusiasm that players display every time they go to work. We are excited to expand our international presence into new communities and celebrate the game we all love.”
Here’s a look at each of the four international series in 2024.
The Dodgers and Padres will open the 2024 season with two games in Korea on March 20-21.
The Seoul Series will mark the ninth time the MLB season has opened outside the 50 US states and Canada, and the first time in five years. Past international openers include:
• 1999 — Monterrey, Mexico (Rockies vs. Padres)
• 2000 — Tokyo, Japan (Mets vs. Cubs)
• 2001 — San Juan, Puerto Rico (Rangers vs. Blue Jays)
• 2004 — Tokyo, Japan ( Rays vs. Yankees)
• 2008 — Tokyo, Japan (Red Sox vs. A’s)
• 2012 — Tokyo, Japan (A’s vs. Mariners)
• 2014 — Sydney, Australia (Dodgers vs. D-backs)
• 2019 – – Tokyo, Japan (A’s vs. Mariners)
Ichiro’s farewell in Japan
It will be the Dodgers’ first international games since playing the Padres in Mexico in 2018, and their second Opening Day abroad after the 2014 season opener in Australia.
“The Dodgers have a long and proud history of helping to grow the game abroad, highlighted by our trips to Mexico, China and Australia. It’s very exciting to add Korea to the roster,” Dodgers president Stan said. Kasten. “I know our players are thrilled to showcase their talents in a country so rich in baseball tradition and talent, including former Dodgers Chan Ho Park, Hee-Seop Choi and Hyun Jin Ryu.”
The Padres will play internationally for the second consecutive season, but in a new country, moving from the 2023 Mexico City Series to the 2024 Seoul Series. Like the Dodgers, they also played abroad on Opening Day prior, in the first game of the international season in 1999.
“Korea is a great baseball country with a rich tradition, passionate fans and talented players, including current Padre and San Diego fan favorite Ha-Seong Kim,” said Padres CEO Erik Greupner. “The Padres are proud to serve alongside the Dodgers as global ambassadors for the game of baseball with our historic 2024 Korea Series.”
Mexico City Series
The second Mexico City Series will feature the Astros and Rockies for a pair of games on April 27 and 28, almost exactly one year after this season’s inaugural Mexico City Series.
Both Houston and Colorado last played internationally in Mexico, but in Monterrey, not Mexico City. The Astros played two regular-season games against the Angels there in 2019, and the Rockies played an exhibition series against the D-backs that same year.
The Astros have played exhibition games in Mexico City before, in 2016 against the Padres and 2004 against the Marlins.
• Mexico City Series 2023