Baseball Commissioner announces Japan will host MLB season-opener in upcoming year


Baseball Commissioner announces Japan will host MLB season-opener in upcoming year

The opening games of next year’s US Major League Baseball season are set to take place in Japan on March 19 and 20, according to the Japanese baseball commissioner. The exact location and teams for these games have not yet been decided, as reported by Japanese media citing Sadayuki Sakakibara of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization. Sakakibara recently met with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in South Korea to discuss the plan for these games scheduled in Japan.

Sakakibara mentioned that they spoke about the dates for the upcoming games during their meeting with Manfred in South Korea. While the teams have not been confirmed, there are speculations that the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs could be the possible contenders for the series as they both have Japanese players on their roster. Japanese and US media have reported on the possibility of these teams playing in Japan next season.

It is still uncertain whether the Dodgers and Cubs will be the teams selected to play in Japan, as Sakakibara mentioned that no final decisions have been made yet. However, he expressed his hope that it would work out as speculated. Ohtani, a Japanese superstar, is closely followed by media in Japan, making his presence in the opening games a highly anticipated event. The Dodgers previously played against the San Diego Padres in Seoul during a season-opening series, adding to the excitement surrounding international games.

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