History of MLB Global Games

History of MLB Global Games
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History of MLB Global Games

The history of MLB Global Games starts way back in 1996.  Major League Baseball have hosted 23 games outside of North America spanning 1996 – 2018.  The MLB Global Games to date have been played in 4 countries, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Japan and Australia. Japan have hosted the most MLB Global games with 8 matchups, followed by 7 for Mexico and 6 for Puerto Rico.  The highest attendance to date has been 55,000 in a sell out Tokyo Dome, which occured 4 times between the year 2000 and 2004.

History of MLB Global Games: Past Results

Here is the full list of the games already played as part of the MLB Global Games from 1996 – 2019.  These games do not include the MLB China Series.

Date Winners Score Losers Score Venue Attendance
16th Aug 1996 San Diego Padres 15 New York Mets 10 Estadio de Béisbol, Mexico 23,699
17th Aug 1996 New York Mets 7 San Diego Padres 3 Estadio de Béisbol, Mexico 20,873
18th Aug 1996 San Diego Padres 8 New York Mets 0 Estadio de Béisbol, Mexico 22,810
4th April 1999 Colorado Rockies 8 San Diego Padres 2 Estadio de Béisbol, Mexico 27,104
29th Mar 2000 Chicago Cubs 5 New York Mets 3 Tokyo Dome, Japan 55,000
30th Mar 2000 New York Mets 5 Chicago Cubs 1 Tokyo Dome, Japan 55,000
1st Apr 2001 Toronto Blue Jays 8 Texas Rangers 1 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 19,891
30th Mar 2004 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8 New York Yankees 3 Tokyo Dome, Japan 55,000
31st Mar 2004 New York Yankees 12 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1 Tokyo Dome, Japan 55,000
25th Mar 2008 Boston Red Sox 6 Oakland Athletics 5 Tokyo Dome, Japan 44,628
26th Mar 2008 Oakland Athletics 5 Boston Red Sox 1 Tokyo Dome, Japan 44,735
28th Jun 2010 Florida Marlins 10 New York Mets 3 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 18,073
29th Jun 2010 Florida Marlins 7 New York Mets 6 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 18,373
30th Jun 2010 New York Mets 6 Florida Marlins 5 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 19,232
28th Mar 2012 Seattle Mariners 3 Oakland Athletics 1 Tokyo Dome, Japan 44,227
29th Mar 2012 Oakland Athletics 4 Seattle Mariners 1 Tokyo Dome, Japan 43,391
22nd Mar 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 Arizona Diamondbacks 1 Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia 44,735
23rd Mar 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers 7 Arizona Diamondbacks 5 Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia 38,079
17th Apr 2018 Cleveland Indians 6 Minnesota Twins 1 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 19,516
18th Apr 2018 Minnesota Twins 2 Cleveland Indians 1 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 19,537
4th May 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers 4 San Diego Padres 0 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 21,536
5th May 2018 San Diego Padres 7 Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 21,791
6th May 2018 San Diego Padres 3 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico 21,789

History of MLB Global Games: Future Games

Here is a list of the games played as part of the MLB Global Games in 202019.  There were 2 games held at the Tokyo Dome in Japan between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics and 2 games in London played between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.  This will be the first time in the history of MLB Global Games that they have been hosted in the United Kingdom.  Could this be the start of the MLB GLobal Games Series being played in more countries for the first time?

Date Home Score Away Score Venue Attendance
20th Mar 2019 Seattle Mariners 9 Oakland Athletics 7 Tokyo Dome, Japan 45,787
21st Mar 2019 Seattle Mariners 5 Oakland Athletics 4 Tokyo Dome, Japan 46,451
29th Jun 2019 New York Yankees 17 Boston Red Sox 13 London Stadium, London 59,659
30th Jun 2019 New York Yankees 12 Boston Red Sox 8 London Stadium, London 59,659

Looking at the statistics it is very rare that one team comes out on top.  Usually, the honours are even across the games series.  Will we see the same in the MLB Global Games Series in 2020?  Well, only time will tell.  Check back on this page in the future to see the results of MLB London 2020, or better still be a part of the history of MLB Global Games Series and buy a ticket.