The Dodgers’ Southern California rivalry with the San Diego Padres could soon go to South Korea.
The two teams are likely to open the 2024 regular season with a series in South Korea, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, who is not allowed to speak publicly because the decision is pending.
The games would be Major League Baseball’s first in South Korea and would put the budding rivalry between the Dodgers and Padres in the international spotlight.
The Padres are currently popular in the country thanks to their signing of South Korean infielder Ha-Seong Kim a few seasons ago.
The Dodgers have their own history of South Korean stars, including Chan Ho Park – who became the first Korean player to appear in an MLB game in 1994 – and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
The Dodgers have only played regular season games once outside of North America, opening the 2014 season with a series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Dodgers and Padres also played a series in Monterrey, Mexico in 2018.