Major League Baseball to Open in Japan in 2016

While the major leaguers were playing the NPB All Stars Rob Manfred answered a number of questions in interviews while in Japan. Below are some of his thoughts:

1) Major League baseball hopes to open in Japan again in 2016. Two teams have yet to be determined and details have not been finalized.

2) The WBC tournament may expand the number of teams to participate in the qualifying rounds. The main event will continue to be the 16 team format, which is scheduled for 2017.

3) MLB supports baseball returning to the Olympics. The concern is the level of commitment. Because the games are played in the summer, during the middle of the major league season it makes it difficult for major leaguers to participate.

The interview questions can be found here:

Interview

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