MLB Opens March 31st…Kim Ha-sung starts the season with a..
MLB Opens March 31st…Kim Ha-sung starts the season with a home game against Colorado.
Kim Ha-sung (28, San Diego Padres), who is in his third season in the U.S. Major League Baseball (MLB), will start against the Colorado Rockies.
The Major League Baseball Secretariat confirmed and announced the regular season schedule including the MLB opening game on the 1st (Korea Standard Time).
Kim Ha-sung’s team San Diego will start its second consecutive opening game against Colorado at 6:10 a.m. on the 31st of next month at Petco Park in San Diego, California.
Kim Ha-sung, who expected ESPN to play as the first batter and second baseman in the opening game, played in 19 games against Colorado last season with a batting average of 0.277, 18 hits and 8 RBIs.
At the same time, Choi Ji-man (31)’s new team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, will play the Cincinnati Reds at Progressive Field in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bae Ji-hwan (24), who made his big league debut in Pittsburgh at the end of last season, is also aiming to play in his first opening game.
The Toronto Blue Jays, the team of Korean big leaguer Ryu Hyun-jin (36), will start the 2023 season with a visiting match against the St. Louis Cardinals at Bush Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ryu Hyun-jin, who aims to return in July after undergoing elbow ligament surgery last year, will end his four-year contract with Toronto this season.
Korean big leaguers are likely to face off in June.
Kim Ha-sung’s San Diego and Choi Ji-man’s Pittsburgh will play three consecutive games at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from June 28 to 30, and from July 25, they will move to Petco Park and play three more games.
Attention is also being paid to whether Ryu Hyun-jin and Kim Ha-sung will face off for the first time in history.
Toronto will play three consecutive games against San Diego at the Rogers Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, from July 19 to 21.
If Ryu Hyun-jin returns in July after completing his rehabilitation smoothly, another Korean big leaguer pitching and hitting showdown could take place.
Last year’s World Series winner, the Houston Astros, will face the Chicago White Sox at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
The Atlanta Braves, a team that Korean infielder Park Hyo-joon (27) will challenge to re-enter the big leagues in the minor leagues, will start the 2023 season with a visiting game against the Washington Nationals.
Ohtani Shohei’s 29-year-old team, the Los Angeles Angels, will play the Oakland Athletics at the Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland, California.
According to MLB, this year’s Major League opening game will be the first time in 55 years since 1968.
The 2023 season is characterized by a significant increase in the number of interleague games, which are matches against teams in other leagues, from 20 games to 46.
Instead, the number of matches between teams in the same division has decreased significantly from 76 to 52 games, and the number of matches against teams in the same league has decreased slightly from 66 to 64 games, allowing Major League fans to face more diverse teams this year.
The end date of the 2023 regular season, where each team plays 162 games, is October 2.
The overseas series, which MLB is steadily pushing for globalization of baseball, will continue this year.
Kim Ha-sung will play two consecutive games against the San Francisco Giants in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 30 with his San Diego teammates.
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs will face off twice in London, England, on June 25 and 26.