The Global Baseball Match between the Samurai Japan and the All-Euro team is approaching quickly. The two teams will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Tokyo Dome for a pair of games.
Team Europe arrived in Japan yesterday and has announced its schedule. And there is news coming out now from the Japan squad as well as they have announced their starting pitchers for the two games.
Starting in Game 1 will be Daichi Osera of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Osera, a 23-year old right hander, won the 2014 Rookie of the Year Award this past season posting a 10-8 record with a 4.05 ERA.
Pitching Game 2 will be the Orix Buffaloes Takahiro Matsuba. He went 8-1 in 2014 in 21 starts. He posted an ERA of just 2.77 in his second year in the league.
Schedule courtesy IBAF.org
Friday, 6 March: Visit To Fukushima – Four Years Later
Following the team workout session Friday, members of Team Europe will visit the Fukushima region that was devastated on 11 March 2011. The area is still in the process of recovery from the disaster, and the visit is intended to pay tribute and raise awareness of the region’s ongoing recovery efforts.
Saturday, 7 March: Baseball Clinic with School Children
School children will join the team and have the opportunity to play ball and engage with the European players in a one-hour session after Europe’s official team practice.
Sunday, 8 March: Test match vs. Yomiuri Giants minor league team
On Sunday, Team Europe will play a friendly match versus the minor league affiliate of the Yomiuri Giants. Europe’s coaching staff will get its first opportunity to evaluate the team and get in some ‘live’ game experience.
Monday, 9 March: Practice Session And Press Conference
Team Europe’s final workout will take place at QVC Stadium.
Representatives from both Samurai Japan and Team Europe will attend a press conference at QVC Stadium. The time of the press conference is scheduled for 13:00 – 13:30local time.
Tuesday, 10 March: Europe vs Japan Game 1 – 18:00
Europe will make its debut on the international stage as the visiting team, wearing their road grey jersey.
Photo shoots for both Europe and Japan will also be organized at the Tokyo Dome prior to pre-game batting practice.
Wednesday, 11 March: Europe vs Japan Game 2 – 18:00
Europe will play its first-ever game as the home team, sporting the white jersey. A special Opening Ceremony will be held prior to Game 2 at 17:25.
Both games of the historic Europe vs Japan Series will be broadcast ‘live’ in Europe via Eurosport 2, in addition to national coverage in Japan.
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.