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The 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series was the eleventh edition of the MLB Japan All-Star Series, a best-of-five series between the All-Star team from Major League Baseball (MLB) and, for the first time in series history, the national team Samurai Japan.[1][2] The then-new Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) saw in this championship a big opportunity for their Japanese team to gain hugely useful experience for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series
2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series at Tokyo Dome.jpg
November 14, 2014 at the Tokyo Dome
FormatBest-of-5 series
plus 3 exhibition games
DatesNovember 10–20
Locations Japan (Nishinomiya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sapporo, Okinawa)
TeamsUnited StatesCanada MLB All-Stars
Japan Samurai Japan
For exhibition purposes
Japan NPB HawksFighters Union
Japan NPB TigersGiants Union
ResultJapan Samurai Japan wins 3–2–0

The series also celebrated the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Japan's professional baseball by holding an exhibition game of a joint team of Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants against the MLB All-Stars at the Koshien Stadium on November 11, 2014.

Samurai Japan won the series by 3–2–0 and Yuki Yanagita was named MVP.[3]

Contents

ResultsEdit

Exhibition (1)

Game Date / Time (JST) Home Team Score Away Team Duration Location Ref
1 November 10 / 6pm Samurai Japan   0–1   NPB HawksFighters Union 2:43 Fukuoka Dome [4]
2 November 11 / 6pm NPB TigersGiants Union   7–8    MLB All-Stars 3:36 Koshien Stadium [5]

Championship

Game Date / Time (JST) Home Team Score Away Team Duration Location Ref
1 November 12 / 6pm Samurai Japan   2–0    MLB All-Stars 2:42 Osaka Dome [6]
2 November 14 / 6pm MLB All-Stars    4–8   Samurai Japan 3:02 Tokyo Dome [7]
3 November 15 / 6pm Samurai Japan   4–0    MLB All-Stars 2:35 Tokyo Dome [8]
4 November 16 / 6pm MLB All-Stars    6–1   Samurai Japan 3:01 Tokyo Dome [9]
5 November 18 / 7pm Samurai Japan   1–3    MLB All-Stars 2:58 Sapporo Dome [10]

Exhibition (2)

Game Date / Time (JST) Home Team Score Away Team Duration Location Ref
3 November 20 / 6pm MLB All-Stars    4–6   Samurai Japan 3:27 Okinawa Cellular Stadium [11]

RostersEdit

MLB All-Stars roster
Active roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

 

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

 

Manager

Coaches

Samurai Japan roster
Active roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

 

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

 

Manager

Coaches

Live broadcastingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Paul Casella (August 21, 2014). "MLB stars commit to 'All-Star Series' in Japan". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "Japan Series". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Ben Cosman (November 18, 2014). "Japan Series MVP Yuki Yanagita swings so hard his batting helmet pops off". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Samurai Japan loses warm-up game". The Japan Times. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "MLB takes nail-biter in Japan showcase". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Kenta Maeda blanks MLB All-Stars to help Japan win 2-0". ESPN. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "Japan knocks around MLB countrymen". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "Perfect Norimoto leads combined no-no vs. MLB". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Adam Berry (November 16, 2014). "Morneau helps MLB get back on track in Tokyo". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Joey Nowak (November 18, 2014). "MLB follows Shoemaker to victory over Japan". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  11. ^ Adam Berry (November 20, 2014). "Longoria's third homer isn't enough in Japan finale". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2014.

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