Will the opening game of the major leagues be held in Korea at last? Local reports that the 2024 season opener between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers will be held in Korea are attracting attention.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, an influential newspaper in San Diego, USA, reported on the 8th (Korean time) that “San Diego and the Dodgers are expected to play an opening match in Korea next year.”
Coincidentally, the two teams are currently playing their first match of the season at San Diego’s home stadium, Petco Park. The media said, “San Diego and the Dodgers will finish their first match of the 2023 season at Petco Park on the 8th. When they first meet next season, it will definitely not be the ‘Highway Series’.” The plan is that the two teams will start the 2024 season with the opening match to be held in Korea next year.”
It seems that the Major League Secretariat already has a specific plan. The ‘San Diego Union-Tribune’ added, “Both teams’ opening series will be held at the end of March next year with two consecutive games.”
The media continued, “San Diego infielder Kim Ha-seong is a Korean star player to the extent that all of his team’s games are broadcast live in Korea. He emphasized that San Diego and the Dodgers are teams with deep ties to Korea.
Ha-seong Kim has been playing in San Diego since 2021 and has been loved by San Diego fans, such as being ranked second in the final vote for the Gold Glove in the National League shortstop category while establishing himself as the main shortstop last year. This season, free agent large shortstop Xander Bogarts has been playing mainly as second baseman since joining San Diego.먹튀검증
The Dodgers is the team that discovered the first Korean major leaguer named Park Chan-ho. Park Chan-ho joined the Dodgers in 1994 and wrote a new history of Korean baseball by winning 14 wins in 1997, 15 wins in 1998, 13 wins in 1999, 18 wins in 2000, and 15 wins in 2001. Park Chan-ho, who returned to the Dodgers in 2008, played for a year as a midfielder. Currently, his 124 major league wins remain the most ever for an Asian player.
After all, San Diego and the Dodgers, which are currently the most closely related to Korean baseball, are suitable candidates to play the opening game in Korea. The place is likely to be Seoul. Dennis Lin of ‘The Athletic’ said, “There are still many things to be sorted out, but for now, it is expected that the opening series between San Diego and the Dodgers, which will be held in Korea next year, will be held in Seoul, the home of the Kiwoom Heroes, where Kim Ha-seong used to be.”
Until now, an official major league game has never been held in Korea. Last year, the visit of the Major League All-Stars was promoted, but in the end, the Major League Secretariat canceled the tournament, and the match against the KBO League All-Stars was canceled.