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.