Here's An Idea: Play the MLB All-Star Game in Japan

michael hellerCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2008

A big issue in baseball lately has been an international one:

Should the season opener have been in Japan?

While the MLB should try to expand overseas, this has raised some issues.

The main one is that the game airs in the middle of the night for U.S. viewers. This is frustrating for many baseball fans, like myself, who want to watch the season opener.

Now, one way to fix this would be to change the time of the game to one that would be more convenient for everyone involved.

However, that would not solve everything.

Some players don’t like to travel a huge distance like that, especially for the first game of the season.

Also, fans want to be able to see their team’s games. It makes it hard to do that when your team is on the other side of the world.

So this leaves the commissioner, and all the other baseball executives involved, to create a solution that would be best for baseball.

Allow me to come up with an idea that may shock some people:

How about play the All-Star game in Japan instead?

I know most of you are thinking that this is crazy and has no chance of working, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.

Let me show you what would have to be done:

 1. Extend the All-Star break into a weeklong event. That way, players would have a chance to adjust to the time zone changes.

2. Fill up the new international All-Star week with new events. On top of the traditional All-Star game, have both teams scrimmage the Japanese All-Star team, too. This would bring us closer to a “real" World Series that Bobby Valentine has been talking about. You can also add some other things to introduce Americans a little more too Japanese culture.

3. Air these games at times that would be reasonable for both U.S. and Japanese citizens to watch without much complaint.

This solution would be better for several reasons. It would introduce Japan to ALL of the game's stars instead of just those of two teams. Players wouldn’t be as stressed about preparing because it wouldn’t count in the standings.

Because of the extra days, they would have a little vacation and a chance to rest midseason for the stretch run. It would also end teams sucking up to the league office to have the All-Star game at their stadium. Its major impact though, would be to add more diversity to more of the baseball community.

So, Bud Selig, please listen to me and make these necessary charges to help further enrich the great sport of baseball.

One last thought:

I would like to see a Japanese team come to the U.S. sometime. It would be interesting to see the Japanese style of baseball.