MLB remains committed to expanding its brand around the world.
The league needs to start working on re-engaging some of the lost fans after the 2020 COVID-season short calendar and the 2021-22 lockout.
Lots of those fans happen to live abroad, and baseball will work hard to make sure people from all around the world has access to MLB’s biggest stars.
According to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, there is already a schedule in place for the next five years.
“MLB’s plans for international play from now until 2026,” Drellich tweeted, with the schedule.
MLB’s plans for international play from now until 2026: pic.twitter.com/c89C3cdIuX
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 16, 2022
In a subsequent tweet, Drellich clarified that “post-season does not mean playoff games. It means literally after the season. A tour of major league players, say, in November. It’s not a relocated playoff game.”
The World Baseball Classic And Some Exotic Locations
This year, qualifying games for the next World Baseball Classic, which is supposed to be in 2023, will be played in September, and there are some exhibition games in South Korea and Taiwan after the season.
The World Baseball Classic was scheduled for 2021, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the league to postpone it, and it will likely be played next year, around spring training.
There will be games in Mexico City and London next year, too, MLB regular season games, and the idea is to go to Latin American locations (a zone with a lot of interest in baseball and, specifically, MLB) after the 2023 season.
Over the course of the next five years, MLB will go to familiar places, like Asia and Mexico, but they also plan to go to Paris, in 2025.
The idea is to take the best baseball league in the world to as many places as possible.