Posted on: October 29, 2018 Posted by: Mike Sullivan Comments: 0
September 27, 2018 -Vice President of MLB Asia/Pacific Jim Small provides information on the MLB All-Stars coming to Honolulu in November – Michael Sullivan/GPM

On November 3rd and 4th some of the best players in Major League Baseball will be coming to Honolulu’s Les Murakami stadium to hold workouts. The stopover was planned as a way for the players to gel a bit before getting to Japan for the bi-annual All-Star series exhibition games.

The team is to me lead by Marlins manager, and New York Yankees legend, Don Mattingly. Only 8 players have been named so far, and they are great ones, perhaps a league MVP, Christian Yelich (Milwaukee Brewers) and/or a Rookie of the Year, Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves). Other announced players are Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals), Eugenio Suárez (Cincinnati Reds), Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia Phillies), Carlos Santana (Philadelphia Phillies), Whit Merrifield (Kansas City Royals) and fresh off the World Series, Chris Taylor (Los Angeles Dodgers).

Duane Kurisu, Part owner of the San Francisco Giants and founder and chairman of aio, said, “As a bridge between the East and West, we are grateful to partner with MLB and hope to host other professional sports organizations in the future.”

This will be the 37th time that Major Leaguers have toured Japan in partnership with Nippon Professional Baseball.

This is the first significant baseball event to come to the islands since the Hawaii Winter Baseball League ceased operations in 2008. No we didn’t for get about the low minor independant team Na Koa Ikaika Maui that operated in various leagues over a four year span from 2010-2013.

When Jim Small was asked about these events in the future and perhaps some games here he said, “with a lack of a venue he doesn’t see anything coming anytime soon.” Small said that the world has gotten smaller and travel for a minor league team is something that could be sustained here again, like the decades long Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League, as long as the were a facility to play in. Guava Press suggested to Small, if there were a Minor League Stadium of 15,000 give or take in let’s say the Kakaako area, would it give Honolulu a chance at getting a team again in the future? Small said it would be great to see, and if someone were to get the ball rolling, maybe. He added that the history of Major Leaguers coming through Hawaii is great and he’d like to see it continue.

September 27, 2018 -felt to right, Duane Kurisu, Jim Small, Keith Amemiya – Michael Sullivan/GPM

 

Tickets for the Hawaii event links:

Saturday November 3rd tickets: https://hnltix.com/events/mlb-all-star-saturday-workout-session

Sunday November 4th tickets: https://hnltix.com/events/mlb-all-star-workout-session-sunday

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Pitchers:

  • Matt Andriese, D-backs
  • Scott Barlow, Royals
  • John Brebbia, Cardinals
  • Junior Guerra, Brewers
  • Brian Johnson, Red Sox
  • Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
  • Chris Martin, Rangers
  • Collin McHugh, Astros
  • Daniel Norris, Tigers
  • Vidal Nuno, Rays
  • Dan Otero, Indians
  • Yusmeiro Petit, A’s
  • Erasmo Ramirez, Mariners
  • Hector Velazquez, Red Sox
  • Kirby Yates, Padres

Catchers:

  • Robinson Chirinos, Rangers
  • Yadier Molina, Cardinals
  • J.T. Realmuto, Marlins

Infielders

  • Whit Merrifield, Royals
  • Amed Rosario, Mets
  • Carlos Santana, Phillies
  • Eugenio Suarez, Reds
  • Chris Taylor, Dodgers

Outfielders

  • Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves
  • Mitch Haniger, Mariners
  • Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers
  • Rhys Hoskins, Phillies
  • Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays
  • Juan Soto, Nationals

Manager, Don Mattingly (MIA); Coaches: Henry Blanco (WSH, Bullpen); Fredi González (MIA, Base); Edgar Martinez (SEA, Hitting); Hideki Matsui (Base); Hensley Meulens (SF, Bench); Brent Strom (HOU, Pitching)

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