Officials with Major League Baseball hope to make a decision by mid-July on whether to play games in Beijing and Tokyo early next year.
MLB president and COO Bob DuPuy, who led a delegation to China last week, said that both an exibition game in China and regular season game in Japan were not out of the question. As reported by the AP:
"I think getting an overall logistical plan, talking to the players' association, determining sponsorship and broadcast possibilities and then reviewing what teams might be interested would be the next four steps," DuPuy said.
Gene Orza, the union's chief operating officer, said talks with management were likely to take place soon.
"There are logistical difficulties with doing both China and Japan, but we're interested in a Japan opener and we're interested in playing in Beijing," he said. "A lot has to be worked out."
DuPuy, along with executive vice presidents Tim Brosnan, Jimmie Lee Solomon, and senior vice president Paul Archey, along with Padres CEO Sandy Alderson, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino and Pirates CEO Kevin McClatchy made the trip to China to inspect stadiums.
DuPuy reported that the Olympic stadium for baseball has not yet been fully completed.
"The sod has been put in. Most of the light fixtures are up. Most of the facility is built," he said. "They still have to build a mound. They still have to finish the basepaths. They still have to do some work with the outfield."