April 13, 2024


The San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Seoul, South Korea, to open the 2024 Major League Baseball season dubbed as the Seoul Series.

It will mark the first time a regular-season MLB game will be played in Korea. The Padres and Dodgers will play a two-game series March 20-21 while the majority of the league won’t begin their seasons until March 28.

For Los Angeles, it will mark the season debut of Shohei Othani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Tyler Glasnow, whom the Dodgers spent a combined $1.16 billion on during the winter.

How to watch the Padres-Dodgers series

  • March 20 at 6 a.m. ET on ESPN and MLB.TV
  • March 21 at 6 a.m. ET on ESPN and MLB.TV

Who are the probable pitchers for the Padres-Dodgers?

Who is the home team?

The Padres are the designated “home” team in Game 1. The Dodgers will be the “home” team in Game 2.

Will Shohei Ohtani play in the Seoul Series?

Yes, Ohtani is expected to make his Dodgers debut as designated hitter. He is still recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, so he won’t pitch.

Who will win the series between the Padres and Dodgers?

The Padres and Dodgers have had an intense division rivalry over the past few years. The Dodgers eliminated the Padres in the 2020 National League Division Series en route to their World Series championship. In 2023, the Padres upset the Dodgers in the NLDS, but lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NCLS.

Since 2020, the Dodgers lead the head-to-head regular season series 41-20 over the Padres.

What other exhibition games will be played in South Korea?

Prior to the opening games, the Padres and Dodgers will be participating in four exhibition games March 17 and 18.

On March 17, the Dodgers will play the Kiwoom Heroes and Team Korea will face the Padres. On March 18, the Padres will take on the LG Twins and Team Korea will take on the Dodgers.

What is the history of MLB season openers played abroad?

The Seoul Series will mark the ninth time that the MLB season has opened outside the 50 U.S. states and Canada. Previous 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)


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