TOKYO — The National Baseball Team of Japan — filled with Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) stars — will battle a roster of Major League Baseball (MLB) players in a six-game series across Japan from 9-15 November.
World No. 2 Japan and Team MLB will open with three games over three days (9, 10 and 11 November) at the Tokyo Dome, before traveling to Hiroshima for a game on the 13th. The Japan All-Star Series will conclude with two games in Nagoya from 14-15 November.
Japan’s roster will be managed by Atsunori Inaba, who guided his country’s U-23 squad to a 2nd Place finish at the recent WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2018 in Colombia.
Chiba Lotte Marines 20-year-old pitcher Kakeru Narita, who was named to the U-23 All-World Team in Colombia, was activated by Inaba and will be making his debut on the Samurai Japan top team.
MLB’s squad will be managed by Don Mattingly and includes St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, who managed Puerto Rico’s U-23 National Team at the U-23 Baseball World Cup.
The 2018 Japan All-Star Series, which is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), marks the 37th time overall that Major Leaguers have toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908.
Prior to the series, the MLB team will play against the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome on 8 November.