April 19, 2024
Manny Machado and Ha-Seong Kim work together with children at a baseball clinic as a part of their journey to South Korea. Picture credit score: Display screen shot, @Padres by way of X

You continue to could also be in a spring way of thinking, however early – oh, so early Wednesday – the Padres start their season, 6,000 miles away. Alarm clock or DVR? You determine.

Sure, their video games in South Korea, towards the Dodgers and their large addition, Shohei Ohtani, depend as a part of the common season, although the Padres will technically resume exhibition play upon their return to the U.S. The season begins in earnest on March 28, with the Padres’ residence opener at Petco Park.

The staff departed for Seoul 5 days in the past for the collection (and two exhibition video games that precede it) at Gocheok Sky Dome, which additionally hosted a leg within the 2017 World Baseball Traditional.

The video games will air nationally on ESPN and MLB.TV, with Recreation 1 beginning at 3:05 a.m. (sure, A.M.) Wednesday and Recreation 2 on the similar time the subsequent day. They’ll additionally stream on Padres.TV.

Yu Darvish will tackle one other Dodger newcomer, Tyler Glasnow, within the first sport whereas Joe Musgrove takes the mound within the second sport, towards yet one more L.A. beginner, Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

One large change for the Padres heading into the season entails one in all South Korea’s greatest baseball exports. Ha-Seong Kim broke out final 12 months, successful a Gold Glove for his play as a utility man. This 12 months although, he’ll be penciled in shortstop, that means Xander Bogaerts has to shift to second base.

This journey can be greater than only a return residence for Kim. The Korea Baseball Group’s Kiwoom Heroes play on the Gocheok Sky Dome residence and he’s a former Hero.

Within the second of two Sunday exhibition video games for the Padres, Kim had a banner day, with two homers towards the KBO’s LG Twins in. a5-4 win. New acquisition Dylan Stop additionally made his debut within the Twins sport. The Friars additionally defeated Staff Korea earlier within the day, 1-0.

The staff additionally was a part of a neighborhood baseball clinic at Yongsan Kids’s Park in Seoul that included native children and the kids of U.S. service members stationed in South Korea.

Enjoyable truth: this isn’t the primary time the Padres have began the common season overseas, nevertheless it’s been awhile. In 1999, they traveled to Monterrey to face the Rockies.

In different worldwide matchups set for baseball this 12 months, Mexico Metropolis will host the Astros and Rockies on April 27-28 and London, the Mets and Phillies on June 8-9.