April 14, 2024 1:48 pm
Baseball commissioner announces Japan will host MLB season-opener next year

The upcoming Major League Baseball season will kick off in Japan on March 19 and 20, according to the Japanese baseball commissioner. While no official announcement has been made by officials at Nippon Professional Baseball, reports suggest that the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs could be the teams playing in the series. The specific location and teams participating in these opening games have not been decided yet, as stated by Sadayuki Sakakibara of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization.

Sakakibara recently met with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in South Korea to discuss the plans for these games. Manfred expressed interest in having teams that would deliver high-quality baseball for these opening games. Sakakibara expressed his excitement about the potential matchup between the Dodgers and the Cubs, but emphasized that nothing has been finalized at this moment.

Shohei Ohtani, a Japanese superstar who currently plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers alongside pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, has contributed to the high level of interest in these upcoming games. Ohtani’s popularity in Japan has made him a key factor in attracting fans from around the world to watch these games.

The series is expected to be a landmark event for baseball fans in Japan and around the world, as it marks a new era of international cooperation between two of the biggest leagues in professional sports.

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