Prince Fielder will bat third for the Rangers

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Prince Fielder was introduced as a Texas Ranger today. Aww:

 

Almost like two years ago. They grow up so fast. Prince’s son is much older too:

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In non-looking at Prince Fielder’s kid news, Fielder will number 84 for the Rangers, representing the year he was born. Or the last time the Tigers won the World Series. Whichever you prefer.

Also: Ron Washington said that Fielder will hit third in the Rangers’ lineup, which is a change from the cleanup position he’s occupied for most of his career. Fewer RBI, but a few more at bats you figure.

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.