Marlins Mattingly to Manage MLB Players in Tour of Japan

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins returns to the dugout after making a visit to the mound in the sixth inning during Opening Day against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on March 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MARCH 29: Don Mattingly #8 of the Miami Marlins returns to the dugout after making a visit to the mound in the sixth inning during Opening Day against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park on March 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly will be the skipper of an MLB All-Star that plays games on a tour of Japan in November.

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly and his team may stop playing at the end of this month, but that does not mean he will hang up his jersey any time soon. MLB.com is reporting Mattingly will manage a team of All-Stars on a tour of Japan in November.

The story also released the names of some of the players who are coming with the 57-year-old while they tour the Orient.

As Chad Thornburg of MLB.com writes…

"“The MLB team, led by Marlins manager Don Mattingly, will feature three 2018 All-Stars — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez and Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (who played for Mattingly in Miami) — as well as Braves National League Rookie of the Year Award candidate Ronald Acuna Jr., Phillies teammates Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana, Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield and Dodgers infielder/outfielder Chris Taylor. The rest of the roster will be announced in the coming weeks.”"

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There will be others added to this star-studded roster. Could it be possible someone like catcher J.T. Realmuto find his way overseas? I’m just adding my two cents worth on this one. It would be a solid move to reunite manager and catcher after a long, difficult season in south Florida.

Players from different teams were part of the tour in 2014. In addition to the announcement of the partial roster, MLB also announced that regular season baseball will return to Japan when the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners play a two-game series in the Tokyo Dome. It marks the first time since 2012 Opening Day began in the Far East.

"According to Thornburg, “This year’s All-Star Tour will mark the 37th time Major Leaguers have toured Japan for exhibition games, a tradition that dates back to 1908. The seven-game tour opens Nov. 8 with an exhibition against the Yomiuri Giants at the Toyko Dome, followed by three more games in Tokyo from Nov. 9-11, one game at the Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium in Hiroshima on Nov. 13 and two games at the Nagoya Dome in Nagoyoa on Nov. 14-15. Beginning on Nov. 9, the games will be broadcast live on MLB Network.”"

First things first, Mattingly must get through this regular season before he concentrates on games in November. The Marlins have been rained out their last two games – one in Pittsburgh and one in New York. Miami and the Mets are set to begin a four-game series tonight with the two teams playing a doubleheader on Wednesday.

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