New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario won’t get too cozy this offseason quite yet. He’ll join other MLB players in Japan this November.
Miss watching the New York Mets already? While Spring Training is still months away, there will be baseball next week as select players from Major League Baseball will travel to Japan for the 2018 MLB Japan All-Star Series.
Along for the ride, Amed Rosario will play shortstop for the MLB team.
The team will play an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on Thursday, November 8th. The 7 game series will begin November 9th through the 11th in Tokyo, Game 4 will be November 13th in Hiroshima, and the series will end with two games in Nagoya on November 14th and 15th. The games will be broadcasted on MLB Network.
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The MLB Japan All-Star Series began back in 1908, and this will be the 37th series. The MLB team is 48-20 all time. The last series was in 2014, and Lucas Duda represented the Mets.
Other notable players representing Major League Baseball include Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr., Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, and Yadier Molina. Kenta Maeda, who pitched in Japan for the Hiroshima Carp for eight seasons, will pitch for the MLB team. Don Mattingly will manage the team.
In the last MLB Japan All-Star Series, we got our first look at two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, who played for team Japan. It will be interesting to see if we get a glimpse of more future Major League talent with team Japan.
If you’ve watched the MLB Japan Series, the World Baseball Classic, or maybe even an MLB game in Japan, you know how much the fans enjoy the sport. Japanese baseball fans create an electric atmosphere with synchronized chants and musical instruments.
Amed Rosario played 154 games in 2018 for the Mets, and while he started off slow at the plate and struggled in the field, he got more comfortable as the year went along. Amed is still just 22 years old and has such a bright future ahead.
Amed Rosario is easy to root for as a Mets fan. He’s always working hard to improve and his progress has shown. Rosario has made it clear that he is committed to helping the Mets win for a long time. After the season’s last game, Amed took to Instagram to share a message to Mets fans:
"“Dear NY Mets fans,I get on one knee and bow my head because I respect the game as much as I respect each and every one of you. The season has come to an end but our story is far from over. Let’s write the next chapter together and stack the stadium over and over, I know it’s been tough but no one said it would be easy. I hear you, I feel you and see you – For those reasons I’m committed to being with you. Thank you for coming out. We’ll be back bigger, better and stronger.”"
It’s fantastic to see a player care that much about his performance and giving the fans what they deserve. This makes Amed the perfect man to represent the Mets on a team like this.
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Catch Amed Rosario and other MLB players take on the Japan national team next weekend on MLB Network.