KBO commissioner proposes holding season openers, regular games in US in meeting with MLB official

Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) Commissioner Heo Koo-youn, left, poses with Jim Small, Major League Baseball's senior vice president for international affairs, after their meeting at the KBO headquarters in Seoul, May 18. Yonhap

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) commissioner proposed holding Korean regular season games in the United States in his meeting with a senior Major League Baseball (MLB) official, the Seoul-based league said Thursday.

The KBO said Heo Koo-youn met with Jim Small, MLB's senior vice president for international affairs, in Heo's Seoul office Wednesday, and the two discussed ways in which the KBO and MLB can strengthen mutual cooperation in helping globalize baseball.

According to the KBO, Heo proposed staging KBO Opening Day games in the United States and also having KBO teams participate in major league spring training action. Heo and Small also discussed staging an exhibition series in Korea pitting MLB All-Stars against KBO players after this season and holding MLB Opening Day games in Korea.

At the meeting, Heo and Small also went over preparations for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), an international tournament organized by MLB.

Korea hosted preliminary games of the 2017 WBC. The MLB is expected to announce detailed schedules and venues for the 2023 edition in the near future. (Yonhap)

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