Major League Baseball Teams Forge Japanese Alliances

Posted on July 24, 2013 in Strategic Alliances

Being married to a Mets fan(atic), I have had to follow baseball by necessity (believe me, things could be worse!).  Psychotic.  So with this post, I get to “marry” my interest in strategic alliances with the sport!

The Boston Red Sox have officially formed a strategic alliance with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball in the areas of scouting and baseball development in Japan and the Pacific Rim.  And as Yardbarker points out in his post, it’s quite possible that we’ll see more and more of these kinds of alliance being forged as baseball becomes more international.

It seems that the relationship with the Japanese farm teams have served the Red Sox (and others) well, with left-handed pitcher Hidekei Okajima being voted to this year’s American League All-Star Team, along with Seattle Mariner center fielder Ichiro Suzuki and the National League’s Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Takashi Saito.

Overall, there are currently about 3 handfuls of Japanese players on Major League teams.

 

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