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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 18 January 2008 11:51

ChinaWith the success that MLB has had in playing games in Japan, over a year ago, word started to get out into the media that Major League Baseball looking to play games, not only in Japan, but in China.

"Our goal is to open the season in China -- with regular-season games -- in the very near future," MLB president Bob DuPuy told Reuters, at the time.

"We think that China provides enormous opportunity to us and that in a very short period of time China can do for Major League Baseball what Japan has done for Major League Baseball."

Since then, representatives from the Yankees and Red Sox have made preliminary trips to China, and Major League Baseball is hosting China's National Baseball Team to allow them to train during Spring Training this year. To add to the training, the Chinese National Team competed in this year’s Arizona Fall League.

Now, it appears MLB’s plans for playing in China will become reality.

According to The AP, new Dodgers manager Joe Torre and Padres Hall of Famer Dave Winfield are scheduled to appear at a reception on Jan. 24 to announce Major League Baseball's first games in China, exhibitions between Los Angeles and San Diego on March 15-16.

As I said in January of last year, MLB’s efforts in China are a solid move.

Maury Brown

Maury Brown is the founder and president of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is also an author for Baseball Prospectus, Basketball Prospectus and is an available writer for other media outlets.

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