Opening series in Japan announced

The A’s will be making a return trip to Japan in March 2012, scheduling two “home” dates against the Mariners as part of a nine-day sojourn to the land of the rising sun.

The games will be played at the Tokyo Dome on March 28 and 29 (Wednesday-Thursday). To make up for the two Japan games, two home games against the M’s will now be off days: April 8 (Easter Sunday) and July 5 (a Thursday first game of a four-game set).

Will this mean the A’s are more aggressive in trying to re-sign Hideki Matsui? Maybe Godzilla, a notoriously late starter, will respond better by starting off the season a week early.

Note: The Tokyo Dome sold out both games of the A’s-Red Sox series in 2008 (44,628 and 44,735 respectively).

11 thoughts on “Opening series in Japan announced

  1. So that tacks an extra 1200 bucks on to the ticket price of anyone who wants to go to our home opener this year huh?

  2. how much money do the a’s get from this trip? do they get a piece of the ticket sales? wonder also if this potentially means not only if the a’s sign matsui but also land a japanese player this offseason also.

    obviously for the players the trip will be hard including leaving early from spring training but i guess you’d rather play in front of 40k for those two games rather than the 15-20 thousand sunday game and especially the 5-10 thousand that would’ve showed up on that fri night in early July.

  3. how much money do the a’s get from this trip? do they get a piece of the ticket sales? wonder also if this potentially means not only if the a’s sign matsui but also land a japanese player this offseason also.

    obviously for the players the trip will be hard including leaving early from spring training but i guess you’d rather play in front of 40k for those two games rather than the 15-20 thousand sunday game and especially the 5-10 thousand that would’ve showed up on that fri night in early July.

  4. Any idea how A’s fans can get tickets to the games in Japan? Does anyone remember how it worked back in 2008?

  5. So guess since A’s want San Jose, MLB can make the A’s roster…

    Team president Mike Crowley told Slusser that MLB would be “very happy” if the A’s had Matsui on their roster to open the season against Ichiro Suzuki’s Mariners

    Not like the NFL doesn’t do it as seen with Vick to the Eagles.

  6. @letgoas A’s get compensated for what they would have taken in for a home game. Guessing there given saleout numbers. Players also get a bonus for going.

  7. @Mike. The best example of this is the AFL owners pooling their money to buy Joe Namath and putting him in New York.

  8. @theyneedacrane + a little ranting towards the MLB $ machine.

    In 2008, season ticket holders were able to get tickets through the ticket services dept, which I did, and had a great time wearing green and gold out there in Tokyo. I called today, and they said the A’s will have no access to tickets for these games. MLB is handling all ticketing, period.

    Not only is MLB parading these two teams to Japan for two regular season games, but they are doing these under the guise of two A’s home games.

    I fully understand the reasoning (Two super low drawing teams in the US, vs, Ichiro/Matsui in Japan) but if these are to count as home games, we season ticket holders should at the least have the chance to buy tickets. With 10K +/- season ticketholders, how many seats would this really force for MLB to set aside? Let’s assume 5% of us will make the trip (And that is a very aggressive assumption as almost no one went out in 2008) MLB would have to save 500 seats out of a 43K stadium for the real home team. Guess saving 1% of the seats is really asking a lot.

    My family and I have 14 full season tickets to the A’s, and have for many years. yet we are unable to purchase tickets to these ‘home’ games. Hmmmm, guess MLB doesn’t want our dollars when they can get more yen.

  9. I think the chances are very good that the A’s will try to re-sign Matsui, and won’t have to break the bank to do so. For one, they’ll want him for the Japan game (as will MLB). Two, Melvin really likes Matsui – thinks he’s a great influence on the rest of the team and true professional. And Matsui improved by leaps and bounds when Melvin came on, and made Matsui an everyday DH, and kept him at the number 3 spot (pretty much).

    I, for one, would like to have Matsui another year. With Melvin around, Matsui won’t start off so slow, and he’s bound to have a better all around year than 2011.

  10. Did my message from yesterday not go through, or was it just censored?

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