2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series


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Tetsuto Yamada, infielder for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, 2016 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

A group of MLB all-stars is on its way to Japan for the 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series. The series will feature major leaguers and the Japanese national team, Samurai Japan. Their first stop, however, was Hawaii, where the team worked out in Les Murakami Stadium (where fans could watch for $15 or $25, depending on seat location), worked on a community service project at Kahauiki Village (a community providing housing for homeless families), and held a Play Ball clinic for local kids.

Today in Tokyo, Samurai Japan will play (already played? are currently playing?) an exhibition game against the Chinese Taipei national baseball team; tomorrow the MLB All-Stars will take on the Yomiuri Giants in an exhibition game (airing at 4 am and 8 pm on MLB Network). These games also will be televised live on MLB Network – starting around 4 am:

  • November 9-11: Tokyo
  • November 13: Hiroshima
  • November 14-15: Nagoya

The games will be played at the Tokyo Dome, Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium in Hiroshima, and the Nagoya Dome. The rosters appear below.

[On a sociological note, the roster for the MLB All-Stars was super easy to find and include below – basically, I just needed to cut, paste, and format. For Samurai Japan… not so much. I found what appears to be a recently updated list of players by position on Wikipedia. However, to include their team names (like the list of MLB players), required research. What does that say about us?]

~ baseballrebecca

 

Rosters:

MLB All-Stars Samurai Japan
PITCHERS  
· Matt Andriese, D-backs

· Scott Barlow, Royals

· John Brebbia, Cardinals

· Junior Guerra, Brewers

· Brian Johnson, Red Sox

· Kenta Maeda, Dodgers

· Chris Martin, Rangers

· Collin McHugh, Astros

· Daniel Norris, Tigers

· Vidal Nuno, Rays

· Dan Otero, Indians

· Yusmeiro Petit, A’s

· Erasmo Ramirez, Mariners

· Hector Velazquez, Red Sox

· Kirby Yates, Padres

· Takayuki Kishi, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

· Daichi Osera, Hiroshima Toyo Carp

· Naoyuki Uwasawa, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

· Nao Higashihama, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

· Takahiro Matsunaga, Chiba Lotte Marines

· Shinsaburō Tawata, Saitama Seibu Lions

· Yasuaki Yamasaki, Yokohama DeNA BayStars

· Yuta Iwasada, Hanshin Tigers

· Yuki Matsui, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

· Yu Sato, Chunichi Dragons

· Haruhiro Hamaguchi, Yokohama DeNA BayStars

· Rei Takahashi, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

· Shuta Ishikawa, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

· Shotaro Kasahara. Chunichi Dragons

· Yūhei Takanashi, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

CATCHERS  
· Robinson Chirinos, Rangers

· Yadier Molina, Cardinals

· J.T. Realmuto, Marlins

· Tomoya Mori, Saitama Seibu Lions

· Tsubasa Aizawa, Hiroshima Toyo Carp

· Takuya Kai, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

INFIELDERS  
· Whit Merrifield, Royals

· Amed Rosario, Mets

· Carlos Santana Phillies

· Eugenio Suarez, Reds

· Chris Taylor, Dodgers

· Tetsuto Yamada, Tokyo Yakult Swallows

· Kosuke Tanaka, Hiroshima Toyo Carp

· Ryosuke Kikuchi, Hiroshima Toyo Carp

· Shuta Tonosaki, Saitama Seibu Lions

· Sōsuke Genda, Saitama Seibu Lions

· Kazuma Okamoto, Yomiuri Giants

· Hotaka Yamakawa, Saitama Seibu Lions

OUTFIELDERS  
· Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves

· Mitch Haniger, Mariners

· Kike Hernandez, Dodgers

· Rhys Hoskins, Phillies

· Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays

· Juan Soto, Nationals

· Kazuki Tanaka, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

· Yuki Yanagita, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

· Seiji Uebayashi, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

· Shogo Akiyama, Saitama Seibu Lions

MANAGER and COACHES  
· Don Mattingly

· Edgar Martinez

· Hideki Matsui

· Fredi Gonzalez

· Hensley Meulens

· Brent Strom

· Henry Blanco

· Atsunori Inaba

· Masaji Shimizu

· Yoshinori Murata

· Hirokazu Ibata

· Makoto Kaneko

· Yoshinori Tateyama

 

 

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