Major League Baseball will organize an All-Star team and visit Japan this fall to play Samurai Japan, Nippon Professional Baseball announced on Tuesday.
According to a press release, the MLB All-Stars are scheduled to play six games — five contests and an exhibition game — against the Japan national team and the other against a team comprised of players from the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants.
“The past Japan-U.S. games were more like exhibitions, but this time we play competitive games against the MLB All-Stars,” Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said in a statement. “The MLB All-Stars are tough to play, but we’ll show the fans serious competition.”
The schedule and venues are as follows:
- Nov. 11 Tigers-Giants vs. MLB All-Stars at Koshien Stadium.
- Nov. 12 Samurai Japan vs. MLB All-Stars, Game 1, Kyocera Dome.
- Nov. 14 Samurai Japan vs. MLB All-Stars, Game 2, Tokyo Dome.
- Nov. 15 Samurai Japan vs. MLB All-Stars, Game 3, Tokyo Dome.
- Nov. 16 Samurai Japan vs. MLB All-Stars, Game 4, Tokyo Dome.
- Nov. 18 Samurai Japan vs. MLB All-Stars, Game 5, Sapporo Dome.
- Nov. 20 Samurai Japan vs. MLB All-Stars, exhibition game, Okinawa Cellular Stadium Naha.
Starting times and other pertinent details, including ticket information, will be announced at a later time.