Pack your bags: Red Sox to play in Dominican Republic next season as part of MLB World Tour

BOSTON — Pack your bags Red Sox fans, the MLB World Tour is traveling to four different countries for the 2024 season, and Boston’s home team will be featured in one of them.

The MLB announced on Wednesday the four international destinations for the tour will be London, England, Mexico City, Mexico, Seoul, South Korea, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Red Sox are slated to square off against the Tampa Bay Rays in a Spring Training series in Santo Domingo on March 9 and 10, according to league officials. The games will be played at Estadio Quisqueya, which hosts not one but two professional baseball teams from Dominican Professional Baseball League.

“This unique opportunity builds on our long-standing connection to the Dominican Republic and allows us to celebrate the remarkable talents and rich cultural heritage of a country whose passion for the game has distinctly shaped our organization,” Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said. “From the players who have passed through our Dominican Republic Academy to those who have helped us win championships, we have been fortunate to witness the profound impact of Dominican players within our game, and we are thrilled to be able to bring Red Sox baseball to such a vibrant baseball community next year.”

The Seoul Series, played between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres, will be the opener of the 2024 regular season, marking the first MLB regular season game ever played in South Korea.

“Major League Baseball is incredibly excited for this extensive slate of international games in 2024,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Our recent efforts have produced strong enthusiasm around the globe, and we look forward to building on that foundation with returns to Mexico City and London, while also opening the season in Korea for the first time. In addition, we can’t wait to celebrate the tradition of the sport in the Dominican Republic with our visit to Santo Domingo next March. We are thrilled that our fans across four different countries outside the United States and Canada will have the opportunity to see the game’s stars.”

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