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Major League Baseball is sending a team of stars to South Korea for MLB World Tour: Korea Series exhibition games in November

It will be the first time since 1922 MLB sends players to South Korea.



The Korea Baseball Organization announced on Friday in Seoul, per Yonhap News Agency, that they will be sending a team of MLB all-stars to South Korea in November to play a series of exhibition games. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the KBO, the league will play host to MLB players for a four-game series dubbed the “MLB World Tour: Korea Series.”

After the World Series concludes, the games will be played around the middle of November. Yonhap has published further information regarding this matter:

On both November 11 and 12, one game will be played at Sajik Stadium in Busan, the southeasterly city that is home to the KBO club Lotte Giants. Two more exhibition games featuring MLB stars will be played in Seoul on November 14 and 15 at Gocheok Sky Dome, the KBO stadium of the Kiwoom Heroes. The KBO reports that this will be the first time an MLB All-Star team has played a series of games in South Korea since 1922.

Since 1986, every few years MLB has sent a team of stars to Japan for what is called the MLB Japan All-Star Series. The most recent tournament was in 2018, when Japan swept all six games. This year, the MLB Japan All-Star Series will likely be replaced by the MLB World Tour: Korea Series.


Korean-born first baseman Ji-Man Choi (Tampa Bay Rays), shortstop Ha-Seong Kim (San Diego Padres), and outfielder Rob Refsnyder (Boston Red Sox) are all currently playing in the major leagues. Refsnyder was adopted as an infant from Seoul by a family in California. Four more are recovering from Tommy John surgery, including Hyun-Jin Ryu, a lefty pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Baseball’s major leagues and players’ union reached a new collective bargaining agreement that includes a commitment to increase the number of international games played each year. Between now and 2026, games are planned for the Dominican Republic, London, Mexico, Paris, and Puerto Rico in addition to South Korea.

In September, we’ll release the finalized itinerary and rosters for the Korea Series tour.