It just got a little tougher for A’s fans to attend the team’s home opener next season. The A’s, along with Major League Baseball, officially announced Oakland will begin the 2019 season more than 5,000 miles away from the Oakland Coliseum, with a pair of games in Tokyo against the Mariners.
The A’s will be the home team for the two-game series that will mark the beginning of next year’s MLB season. The teams will meet on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 at the Tokyo Dome.
This will be the third time the A’s have been in the Japan Opening Series since 2008, when the A’s and Red Sox met. The A’s and Mariners also squared off in Tokyo in 2012. In fact, the last time the A’s played a game in Japan, Bartolo Colon was the winning pitcher and then-rookie Yoenis Cespedes hit his first MLB home run.
Oakland also was set for a series in Japan against Seattle in 2003 that was abruptly cancelled as the Iraq War began.
“The Oakland Athletics are proud to once again take part in the Japan Opening Series,” A’s president Dave Kaval said. “We are honored to represent Major League Baseball during this special event. Japan has incredible baseball fans and we look forward to returning to Tokyo to help promote our sport.”