10 Ways Starting the Season in Japan Could Help the Seattle Mariners

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10 Ways Starting the Season in Japan Could Help the Seattle Mariners
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Beginning the 2012 MLB season in Japan is a new experience for the Seattle Mariners, but it will likely lead to better things for the team once they return home.

Having already played against the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball, the Mariners are getting ready to start the season with a two-game series against the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The games were scheduled for Japan as a way to advertise the MLB to another audience. Part of MLB's marketing plan to expand is to take games worldwide.

While the travel plans are a bit rough, considering the significant amount of time spent in the air, the opportunity to play in Japan gives both teams a chance to expand their popularity. That's something the Mariners could definitely use in 2012.

Here are 10 ways starting the season in Japan could help the Mariners.

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