Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 3/17/12
When the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics open up the Major League season on March 28th in Japan, it’ll in some ways feel like a home game. The connection between the Mariners and Japan runs deeper than any other MLB team. With all the Japanese players of past and present on the Mariners’ roster and Seattle located on the Pacific Rim, the Mariners have been the most televised MLB team in Japan during the last ten years.  All eyes will be on them when they open up the season in the coming weeks. Hiroshi Yamauchi, 83, has owned the Mariners since 1992 but hasn’t seen them play in person. However, the former CEO of Nintendo is expected to be at the Tokyo Dome when the Mariners face-off against the Athletics. This will be the first time the Mariners play in Japan but it’s not the first time they were scheduled to play there. Back in 2003, 17 hours before the Mariners were due to board their flight, Commissioner Bud Selig canceled the trip. The United States had begun Operatio...
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