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Cano, Puig, Pujols to participate in an All-Star series in Japan in November

Aug 21, 2014, 2:04 PM EDT

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For several years the MLB and the MLBPA has promoted an All-Star Series in which MLB players tour Japan in November. It has taken on various forms and is a modern day version of old barnstorming series in Japan that have gone on for over a century. Today they announced this year’s version, along with some of the big names taking part:

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that MLB All-Stars Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be among the group of accomplished Major Leaguers who will travel to Japan this November to play a five-game series against “Samurai Japan” (Japan’s National Team) in “All-Star Series 2014.”  The MLB All-Stars will be led by Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who led the Rangers to back-to-back American League pennants in 2010 and 2011.

There will be three official games, played in Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Tokyo’s Tokyo Dome and Sapporo’s Sapporo Dome.  There will also be two exhibition games, with one in Osaka’s Koshien Stadium and the other in Okinawa’s Okinawa Cellular Stadium.

So, as of November, Yasiel Puig will have disrespected the game in two different hemispheres. Cool.

  1. Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM


    I’m going to purchase advance tickets for this now for me and my guys, To pump up for this my head is going to explode!!!

    So far in the Samurai Japan rosters though, based on sanspo and sponichi sites.

    C- Shima Motohiro, Sumitani Ginjiro
    P-Shintaro Fuginami
    OF-Yanagita Yuki
    Uchikawa Seichi (Revenge for that blunder in 2013 WBC)
    Chono Hisayoshi
    IF- Toritani Takashi
    – Matsuda Nobuhiro
    – Hayato Ito (My GOD)
    – Honda Yuichi

    Otani Shohei, Ayumu Ishikawa, Matsui Yuki, Aren Kuri and Daichi Osera are probably in for it too.

    • renaado - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      So is Shinnosuke Abe not participating? Guess I’m goin for Toritani as the captain of this team.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:51 PM

        Nah way man, he is not even going to play for the 2017 WBC, probably cause of age.

        As for the sir Taichou part, guess it’s going to be Shima-san though, but Toritani-san is also a possibility.

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Shima-san’s a natural born leader and can lead this team full of young guys. Toritani-san is an emotionless SHINTO!!

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Leg injury too is an issue for Abe-san, bud. Not to mention the low average even hitting for the Kyojin these days. He’s not his usual self now.

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      What about Sakamoto?

      • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:22 PM

        Him too and probably so as fellow Kyojin Kamei Yoshiyuki, he seems very interested particiapting in this tournament. But, manager Kokubo-san is certainly giving that SS position to Toritani-san when the tournament starts.

  2. Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    “So, as of November, Yasiel Puig will have disrespected the game in two different hemispheres. Cool.”

    Hehehe, Calcaterra-san. Just to tell you, though. NPB players do batflips too! Well, for the Arai bothers at least… I hope they join the party.

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:00 PM


      I think you mean Calcaterra-sama…

  3. beefytrout - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    So, expect lots of bunting.

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      Watch out for ma Softbank boy Yanagita-san, broh! He’s hitting above.350 when they play at Central leagues stadiums particularly the Kyojin stadium and Koshien. Guy’s a beast!

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:43 PM


    • beefytrout - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      In case the joke is lost on anyone, it’s a reference to Ron Washington’s affinity for the bunt.

  4. spudchukar - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Once again I will champion the book “Bonzai, Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan”. By Robert K. Fitts. (2012). A terrific read, and page after page of “No Fu*king Ways”.

  5. spudchukar - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    After Puig throws to the wrong base, he can use the excuse that he was confused by the “orient-tation”.

    • Ayase Yano (綾瀬市 矢野) - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      ??? huh…

  6. ctony1216 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Cano made a similar trip to Taiwan three years ago. His dad, Jose Cano, played pro ball in Taiwan, and they went together. Cano seems to like these international events.

    On a separate note, Cano gave Phillies coach Larry Bowa a Rolex watch, thanking Bowa for being a mentor to him when they both were with the Yankees. I thought it was a nice gesture, so I just wanted to point that out.

    • seattlej - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

      What’s with baseball players and Rolex watches? It seems like every time a player thanks another player/coach for something the only gesture they can come up with is to give the guy a Rolex.

      Come on guys, you essentially have a limitless pool of money to play with, let’s get creative!

      • spudchukar - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        Lackey gave Neshak an autographed ball signed by Babe Ruth, a couple of days ago.

  7. tearlw - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Puig was in Australia right? That’s makes four hemispheres (North, South, East, and West).

  8. ctony1216 - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Note to Cano, Jones, and Pujols: Don’t leg Puig drive the rental car.

  9. hittfamily - Aug 21, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    At least it’s a diverse group. Is Shaft in charge of security?

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