The U.S. 7th Fleet Band and U.S. Army Japan Band perform during the MLB Japan Opening Series 2008.
The U.S. 7th Fleet Band and U.S. Army Japan Band perform during the MLB Japan Opening Series 2008.

Major League Baseball (MLB) has played multiple regular season games outside of its base in the United States and Canada. Listed below are the results of those games.[1] Exhibition contests, such as preseason games or postseason all-star games, are not included.

List of games

Season Date Designated visitor Score Designated home team Attendance Stadium City Country Ref
1996 August 16 New York Mets 10–15 San Diego Padres 23,699 Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey Monterrey Mexico [2]
August 17 New York Mets 7–3 San Diego Padres 20,873 [3]
August 18 New York Mets 0–9 San Diego Padres 22,810 [4]
1999 April 4 Colorado Rockies 8–2 San Diego Padres 27,104 [5]
2000 March 29 Chicago Cubs 5–3 New York Mets 55,000 Tokyo Dome Tokyo Japan [6]
March 30 New York Mets 5–1 Chicago Cubs 55,000 [7]
2004 March 30 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 8–3 New York Yankees 55,000 [8]
March 31 New York Yankees 12–1 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 55,000 [9]
2008 March 25 Boston Red Sox 6–5 Oakland Athletics 44,628 [10]
March 26 Boston Red Sox 1–5 Oakland Athletics 44,735 [11]
2012 March 28 Seattle Mariners 3–1 Oakland Athletics 44,227 [12]
March 29 Seattle Mariners 1–4 Oakland Athletics 43,391 [13]
2014 March 22 Los Angeles Dodgers 3–1 Arizona Diamondbacks 38,266 Sydney Cricket Ground Sydney Australia [14]
March 23 Los Angeles Dodgers 7–5 Arizona Diamondbacks 38,079 [15]
2018 May 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 4–0 San Diego Padres 21,536 Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey Monterrey Mexico [16]
May 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 4–7 San Diego Padres 21,791 [17]
May 6 Los Angeles Dodgers 0–3 San Diego Padres 21,789 [18]
2019 March 20 Seattle Mariners 9–7 Oakland Athletics 45,787 Tokyo Dome Tokyo Japan [19]
March 21 Seattle Mariners 5–4(12) Oakland Athletics 46,451 [20]
April 13 St. Louis Cardinals 2–5 Cincinnati Reds 16,496 Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey Monterrey Mexico [21]
April 14 St. Louis Cardinals 9–5 Cincinnati Reds 16,793 [22]
May 4 Houston Astros 14–2 Los Angeles Angels 18,177 [23]
May 5 Houston Astros 10–4 Los Angeles Angels 17,614 [24]
June 29 New York Yankees 17–13 Boston Red Sox 59,659 London Stadium London United Kingdom [25]
June 30 New York Yankees 12–8 Boston Red Sox 59,059 [26]
Notes

Canceled games

In May 2019, MLB announced that the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals would play a two-game series in London in June 2020, to be known as the 2020 MLB London Series. Additionally, in December 2019, the league announced that the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres would play a two-game series in Mexico City in April 2020. These would have been the first regular-season MLB games in Mexico City.[27] Both of these series were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[28][29]

Games played in Puerto Rico

Estadio Hiram Bithorn in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has hosted 49 MLB games since 2001.[1] As Puerto Rico is a United States commonwealth, these games are not included in the above table.

The Montreal Expos played 43 "home" games at Estadio Hiram Bithorn during 2003 and 2004.[30]

Further information: 2003 Montreal Expos season and 2004 Montreal Expos season

Excluding Expos games, below is a list of neutral-site games played in Puerto Rico:

Season Date Designated visitor Score Designated home team Attendance Stadium City Country Ref
2001 April 1 Texas Rangers 1–8 Toronto Blue Jays 19,891 Estadio Hiram Bithorn San Juan Puerto Rico [31]
2010 June 28 New York Mets 3–10 Florida Marlins 18,073 [32]
June 29 New York Mets 6–7 Florida Marlins 18,373 [33]
June 30 New York Mets 6–5 Florida Marlins 19,232 [34]
2018 April 17 Cleveland Indians 6–1 Minnesota Twins 19,516 [35]
April 18 Cleveland Indians 1–2 Minnesota Twins 19,537 [36]

In August 2019, MLB announced a three-game series between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins at Estadio Hiram Bithorn to be played in April 2020.[37] However, this series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[28]

Upcoming games abroad

In 2022, MLB announced a plan to have additional games played internationally, including regular-season games in Tokyo, Mexico City, London, and Paris between 2023 and 2026.[38]

In August 2022, MLB announced its first "Mexico City Series": the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres will play a two-game series at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú in April 2023. The Padres will be designated as the "home" team for both games. These will be the first regular-season games to be played in Mexico City.[39]

As part of the collective bargaining agreement to end the 2021–22 Major League Baseball lockout, MLB agreed to host games at the Stade de France, just outside Paris, starting in 2025. The games will be the first MLB regular-season games to be contested in mainland Europe.

The new Stade de France series is intended to alternate with the MLB London Series, which began in 2019 and which is scheduled to resume in 2023 following a three-season pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MLB will play games in London in 2023 and 2024, followed by Paris in 2025, and then in London again in 2026.[40]

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees have informed MLB that they would like to participate in the 2025 Paris games.[41][42]

See also

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