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.

DateTeam AScoreTeam BScoreVenueAttendance
16th Aug 1996San Diego Padres15New York Mets10Estadio de Béisbol, Mexico23,699
17th Aug 1996New York Mets7San Diego Padres3Estadio de Béisbol, Mexico20,873
18th Aug 1996San Diego Padres8New York Mets0Estadio de Béisbol, Mexico22,810
4th April 1999Colorado Rockies8San Diego Padres2Estadio de Béisbol, Mexico27,104
29th Mar 2000Chicago Cubs5New York Mets3Tokyo Dome, Japan55,000
30th Mar 2000New York Mets5Chicago Cubs1Tokyo Dome, Japan55,000
1st Apr 2001Toronto Blue Jays8Texas Rangers1Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico19,891
30th Mar 2004Tampa Bay Devil Rays8New York Yankees3Tokyo Dome, Japan55,000
31st Mar 2004New York Yankees12Tampa Bay Devil Rays1Tokyo Dome, Japan55,000
25th Mar 2008Boston Red Sox6Oakland Athletics5Tokyo Dome, Japan44,628
26th Mar 2008Oakland Athletics5Boston Red Sox1Tokyo Dome, Japan44,735
28th Jun 2010Florida Marlins10New York Mets3Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico18,073
29th Jun 2010Florida Marlins7New York Mets6Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico18,373
30th Jun 2010New York Mets6Florida Marlins5Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico19,232
28th Mar 2012Seattle Mariners3Oakland Athletics1Tokyo Dome, Japan44,227
29th Mar 2012Oakland Athletics4Seattle Mariners1Tokyo Dome, Japan43,391
22nd Mar 2014Los Angeles Dodgers3Arizona Diamondbacks1Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia44,735
23rd Mar 2014Los Angeles Dodgers7Arizona Diamondbacks5Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia38,079
17th Apr 2018Cleveland Indians6Minnesota Twins1Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico19,516
18th Apr 2018Minnesota Twins2Cleveland Indians1Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico19,537
4th May 2018Los Angeles Dodgers4San Diego Padres0Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico21,536
5th May 2018San Diego Padres7Los Angeles Dodgers4Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico21,791
6th May 2018San Diego Padres3Los Angeles Dodgers0Estadio Hiram Bithorn, Puerto Rico21,789
20th March 2019Seattle Mariners9Oakland Athletics7Tokyo Dome, Japan45,787
21st March 2019Seattle Mariners5Oakland Athletics4Tokyo Dome, Japan46,451
13th April 2019St Louis Cardinals2Cincinatti Reds5Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, Mexico16,496
14th April 2019St Louis Cardinals9Cincinatti Reds5Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, Mexico16,793
4th May 2019Houston Astros14Los Angeles Angels2Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, Mexico18,177
5th May 2019Houston Astros10Los Angeles Angels4Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, Mexico17,614
29th June 2019New York Yankees17Boston Red Sox13London Stadium, United Kingdom59,659
30th June 2019New York Yankees12Boston Red Sox8London Stadium, United Kingdom59,059
29th Apr 2023San Francisco Giants11San Diego Padres16Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú, Mexico19,611
30th Apr 2023San Francisco Giants4San Diego Padres6Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú, Mexico19,633
24th Jun 2023Chicago Cubs9St Louis Cardinals1London Stadium, London54,662
25th Jun 2023Chicago Cubs5St Louis Cardinals7London Stadium, London55,565

History of MLB Global Games: Future Games

Here is a list of the games played as part of the MLB Global Games in 2024.  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?

20th Mar 2024Los Angeles DodgersTBCSan Diego PadresTBCTBC South KoreaTBC
21th Mar 2024San Diego PadresTBCLos Angeles DodgersTBCTBC South KoreaTBC
27th Apr 2024Houston AstrosTBCColorado RockiesTBCEstadio Alfredo Harp Helú, MexicoTBC
28th Apr 2024Houston AstrosTBCColorado RockiesTBCEstadio Alfredo Harp Helú, MexicoTBC
8th Jun 2024New York MetsTBCPhiladelphia PhilliesTBCLondon Stadium, LondonTBC
9th Jun 2024New York MetsTBCPhiladelphia PhilliesTBCLondon Stadium, LondonTBC

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 2023?  Well, only time will tell.  Check back on this page in the future to see the results of MLB London 2023, or better still be a part of the history of MLB Global Games Series and buy a ticket.