A few members of the 2018 Seattle Mariners will be part of the team MLB will send to Japan for their annual tour.
The rosters for the All-Star Tour in Japan have been finalized. Two current members of the Seattle Mariners and one 2018 member are on the MLB squad. Mitch Haniger, Edgar Martinez, and Erasmo Ramirez will be a part of the festivities.
For Mariners fans, it has obviously been a tough go for a long time now so any type of good exposure is a huge deal. It’ll be tons of fun to sit back and watch great baseball hoping for a solid outing from Haniger. Martinez will join Don Mattingly on the bench along with Yomiuri Giants and New York Yankees hero Hideki Matsui.
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Haniger in 2018 was nothing short of spectacular. He had a career coming out party for pretty most of the season and it was fun to witness. He had 170 hits to go along with 26 home runs, 93 runs batted in (RBI) and his first all-star appearance
The outfielder finished this season with a .285 batting average which might be not amazing but it just goes to show that he did all the little things correctly. He took advantage of the big moments and chances that he received throughout the season.
Ramirez, who opted to leave the team for free agency on Friday, was hurt for most of 2018. When he returned, he wasn’t great. He had a couple good starts but really couldn’t stay away from the home run ball.
The Nicaraguan import started ten games giving up 14 dingers, 52 hits, and 33 earned runs. His decent stat, however, was his strikeouts. He had 33 strikeouts in 45.2 innings pitched. His 2018 ended with a 6.50 earned run average (ERA).
The All-Star Series goes all the way back to 1908 but this is only the 37th time that MLB has gone over there. The event will take place in three venues which include Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Hiroshima (Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium) and Nagoya (Nagoya Dome). The event will contain seven games of great baseball played from November 8th-15th. Watch these games on MLB Network. Let us sit back and celebrate the great game of baseball in a setting that will be nothing but quiet.