For the 39th time the USA and Japan will have a series between the two countries collegiate national teams. It will be held July 6-12 at four different venues around Japan.
The series is officially sanctioned by the IBAF with the two teams ranked #2 (USA) and #3 (Japan) in the world.
- Game 1: July 6th(Sat) 14:00 Matsuyama Bocchan Stadium/Ehime Pref.
- Game 2: July 7th(Sun) 14:00 Matsuyama Bocchan Stadium/Ehime Pref.
- Game 3: July 8th(Mon) 18:00 Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium/ Hiroshima Pref.
- Game 4: July 10th(Wed) 18:00 Utsunomiya Kiyohara Stadium/Tochigi Pref.
- Game 5: July 11th(Thu) 18:00 Meiji Jingu Stadium/Tokyo
The two teams played in 2011 with the USA winning the series 3-1 with one tie. Those games were held in the USA. The first time the two played was in 1972 and over the years the USA has won 22 of the meetings with Japan winning 16.
Team USA will come back to the States to play a five game series with Cuba.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.