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Updates on Yomiuri, Hanshin opening 2014 season in the US; World Championship Series

by on Mar.20, 2013 @ 4:42 pm, under NPB

A number of new details about plans for the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers opening the 2014 season the United States has been released to the media.

  • Two "opening season" games could be played in the US, about one week before the start of the regular season in Japan.
  • Each team will play one game as the home team and one game as the visiting team.
  • Dodgers Stadium and Angeles Stadium are potential venues.
  • The West Coast was selected because of the relatively large population of Japanese people.
  • The Tigers could hold spring camp in Arizona and play exhibition games against MLB teams.  A team official will head to the US to check on possible accommodations and training facilities.
  • Both teams will consider costs and various other risks before making a final decision about whether to open the 2014 season in the US or not.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013

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NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato met with MLB commissioner Bud Selig in the US on the 18th and continued their discussions on the possibility of a Championship Series between the Nippon Series winner and the World Series winner.  Sadaharu Oh also attended the meeting.

At one point, Selig suggested the possibility of having Oh and Hank Aaron throw out the ceremonial first pitch, if such a series were to take place.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013, Daily Sports 3/20/2013