April 11, 2016 at 4:29 am #846
Hey Gen, there is this pretty neat article I came across with regarding about MLB expansion in Japan, any thoughts about it? Link source: http://camdendepot.blogspot.com/2016/04/expansion-to-japan-how-schedule-would.htmlApril 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm #863
This is actually a topic that gets thrown about quite often. I’m not sure if the NPB would go for it, since they would basically have to concede to the MLB. I’m also not quite sure how the fans would react. Being an island country, I’m not sure if they would welcome the MLB, or ultimately push it away. Sure, there are plenty of MLB fans in Japan, but if it actually meant ripping apart the NPB and only have teams in four key locations…
But if we’re going to talk hypotheticals, I think it would be far more interesting if there was an MLB Asia that consisted of teams from the NPB, KBO, and CPBL.
April 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm #873
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Hmmmm… I see, not to mention, if applied… fan attendance and the exposure they’ll get would be pretty low too. If MLB were to expand in Japan consisting mostly of US born players, not many people there would watch them play, and that would be bad for their business… Thank you for giving your thoughts, Gen.April 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm #875
I’m sure people will watch the games, I’m just not sure how popular it would be to the average yakyu fan living in Japan. They might enjoy watching MLB games, but I’m not sure how they would react if the NPB became the MLB and NPB games were a thing of the past.
There’s also an issue about the rosters. How would you fill them? If the teams are predominantly NPB players, wouldn’t the teams in the United States have an unfair advantage? But if you throw in too many non-Japanese players, then where do the Japanese players go? Some of them can be sent to the United States, but how many will want to go? For that matter, how many non-Japanese players will want to come to Japan? And of that group, how many might want to leave because they don’t want to be here?
Then there is the issue of cost. It is expensive going to games in Japan, but I don’t think it’s as expensive as the United States. What about stadiums? Not every team owns their stadium and not every stadium owner will want to sell. There’s not a whole lot of land in the major cities, so it won’t be easy building a new stadium. And I’m not entirely convinced Japanese people will want to fund stadiums for teams like people in the United States do.
There are a lot of issues that need to be ironed out before anything like this could actually happen.