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MLB, MLBPA announce Japan All-Star Series participants

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For over 100 years, off and on — more off than on, actually — major leaguers have traveled to Japan for all-star barnstorming series of one form or another. The tradition will continue this November and this morning MLB and the MLBPA announced many of the participants in the series, which is being called the Japan All-Star Series.

On the squad are Yadier Molina of the Cardinals, Eugenio Suárez of the Reds, Christian Yelich of the Brewers, Ronald Acuña of the Braves, Rhys Hoskins and Carlos Santana of the Phillies, Whit Merrifield of the Royals and Chris Taylor of the Dodgers. Other members of roster will be announced in the coming weeks. Don Mattingly will be the team’s manager.

The All-Star Series will be played in Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagoya, with an exhibition game played against the Yomiuri Giants on November 8th, followed by three games against a Japanese All-Star game in Tokyo from November 9-11, one game in Hiroshima on November 13 and two games in Nagoya on November 14-15. MLB Network will provide live telecasts of the games from November 9-15.

Indians unveil red alternate jersey, Wahoo-free caps

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The Cleveland Indians unveiled a new alternate home jersey today. It’s a red top with a script “Indians” on the front. It’ll be worn for occasional home games next year. It’ll be the first time the Indians have worn red jerseys since the 1970s, though these are not throwbacks to those Buddy Bell/Boog Powell-era kits they once wore, as you can see below. 

The Indians also unveiled their other uniforms. They’re basically identical to what they’ve worn in the past, except no Chief Wahoo, who has been phased out of the team’s livery. A block C has replaced Wahoo on the cap, with both the red-bill and the solid blue block C continuing. Jersey patches of Wahoo are gone too, replaced for this year by the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. No word on what they’ll do for a patch beyond that. 

Overall it’s a modest upgrade rather than than the total redesign that they might’ve done given that they had to change caps and stuff anyway, but anything without Wahoo his welcome.

 

Cleveland’s caps as well as its home and road jerseys will feature the guitar-shaped 2019 All-Star Game logo. Cleveland is hosting the 75th event in July.

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