Kirk Gibson’s memorabilia auction is going pretty well

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Craig ran a story in October explaining why current Diamondbacks manager and former Dodgers legend Kirk Gibson is selling several pieces of his personal memorabilia.

Gibson basically said that the memories of his playing career are locked in his head and that he doesn’t need bats and batting gloves on display at his home to prove his accomplishments in the game of baseball.   He’s giving some of the proceeds to charity, too, which makes it an even more reasonable move.

The way things are going, it looks like he might have a lot of money to go around.

According to the Associated Press, the bat that Gibson used to launch his famous home run “on two bad knees” in the 1988 World Series is already up to $90,570.  In a world where baseball memorabilia no longer regularly goes for millions, Gibson’s stuff is doing quite well.

He is also auctioning off his home and road jerseys from that 1988 Fall Classic and his batting helmet.

Athletics and Mariners to begin the 2019 regular season in Tokyo

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners will begin the 2019 regular season in Japan, in the Tokyo Dome.

The series will mark the third time that the A’s will begin their season in Japan, first doing it in 2008 against the Red Sox and then again in 2012 against the Mariners.

This is just the latest of Major League Baseball’s moves to expand the the game internationally. In addition to those previous series in Japan, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened their season in Australia in 2014 and the Dodgers and Padres will play a series in Mexico City this May. There has likewise been talk of the Mets playing a series in London, though those details have not yet been worked out. Obviously the World Baseball Classic represents the league’s effort to broaden the global scope of the once national pastime.

Get ready for early morning baseball, folks.