Local media in the U.S. were concerned about the success of the opening game of Seoul Major League Baseball, which will take place in two months due to the endless trade rumors of Kim Ha-sung (29, San Diego Padres). If Kim Ha-sung leaves San Diego, the public would inevitably suffer a slump.월카지노
The U.S. media “Sports Illustrated (SI)” paid attention to the opening game of Seoul in the Major League in March and the practice games against KBO League clubs in an article titled “Which team will face the San Diego Padres in Korea” on the 17th (Korean time).
The Major League Baseball Secretariat will hold the official opening game of the 2024 season at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul for two days from March 20 to 21 as part of the expansion of baseball’s base. The San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who belong to the National League West, will leave the U.S. mainland for the opening two consecutive games in Seoul, and both games will be broadcast live throughout the U.S. on the U.S. sports channel ESPN.
So far, 29 cities in 11 countries have hosted Major League Baseball games. Among them, regular season games were held only in Tokyo, Mexico City and Monterey, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sydney, Australia, and London.
Korea has become the 12th country to hold major league games as the team will hold the opening game of the Major League at Gocheok Sky Dome. Seoul is the fifth country in history to hold the opening game of the regular season, following Monterey, Mexico, Tokyo, Puerto Rico, San Juan, and Sydney, Australia.
In addition, Coupang Play, a presenting partner of the “MLB World Tour Seoul Series 2024,” said on the 16th, “The Dodgers and San Diego will play a special game against Kiwoom Heroes, LG Twins and Team Korea before the two consecutive MLB regular opening games. The full match schedule and game schedule for the special game will be released later,” he said.
“The Dodgers and Padres will face two Korean professional baseball teams and the Korean national team before the opening game,” SI said. “The Kiwoom Heroes and the LG Twins finished the season in the opposite rankings last year. While the Twins beat the KT Wiz to become the Korean Series winner, the Heroes only ranked last in the KBO League, 27.5 games behind LG,” he said, introducing his opponents in the practice game between the Dodgers and San Diego.
The media also delivered information, saying, “Practice matches that take place before the opening match will be streamed through Coupang Play. However, it is not possible to play without VPN in the United States.”
Media outlets picked Kim Ha-sung, who moved from the KBO League to San Diego and has grown into a major infielder in the Major League, as a key player in the Seoul Series. However, he did not end up highlighting Kim Ha-sung’s existence. “Kim Ha-sung, a Padres infielder from near Bucheon, is expected to be deeply involved in the promotion of ticket sales for the Seoul Series,” as if aware of rumors of constant trade recently. “However, unless he is traded (before the Seoul Series), that will happen,” he said with a serious look at Kim Ha-sung’s future.
The Seoul Series in March is drawing attention, including a large number of Korean and Japanese players along with major league superstars. In San Diego, Kim Ha-sung, the first Korean to win the National League Gold Glove last year, has Ko Woo-seok, who achieved his dream to advance to the Major League for two years and $4.5 million earlier this month, and Matsui Yuki, a top-class Japanese professional baseball closer who became a new member of San Diego’s family for five years and $28 million, will also play along with his team’s ace, Yu Darvish and Ko Woo-seok.
Dodgers’ lineup is even stronger. Like a big market club in the Major League, it had a huge off-season party and both Shohei Ohtani, a Major League superstar, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who won the Sawamura Award for the third consecutive year in the Japanese pro baseball league. The Dodgers awarded Ohtani 700 million dollars for 10 years, the largest in North American professional sports history, and then gave Yamamoto a mega contract of 325 million dollars for 12 years.
As the venue is Seoul, Kim Ha-sung is the key player who will determine the success of the game. The biggest attraction of this series is the fact that Kim, who elevated the status of Korean baseball by winning the Gold Glove last year, is wearing a Major League uniform and playing at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, the home stadium of the Heroes in the past.
However, MLB Trade Rumors (MLBTR), which specializes in delivering news on his transfer to the Major League, recently mentioned as many as 17 clubs as candidates for his destination, saying, “Kim Ha-sung is highly likely to be traded.” Prior to this, multiple media outlets including MLB.com , the San Diego Union-Tribune, and ESPN also expected Kim Ha-sung to be traded.
On the contrary, CBS Sports put Kim Ha-sung in sixth place in the 2025 free agent rankings and analyzed, “San Diego may offer Kim Ha-sung an extension contract.”
If this happens, the Seoul Series is expected to be Asia’s largest baseball event, centered on Kim Ha-sung as scheduled.