Baseball Seasons to Open Across the World this Week
- Updated: April 3, 2009
Major League Baseball is not the only league in the World to have their season kick off next week when the Atlanta Braves visit the World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies. Most baseball fans in North America will be tuned in to see the Phillies receive their rings in a nationally televised event, but that is not the only major event happening in the sport of baseball over the next few weeks.
According to the President of the International Baseball Federation, Dr. Harvey Schiller, “Last week we were at the Sport Accord meetings in Denver and Ted Turner told the crowd, ‘The Olympics without baseball is like summer without spring,’ so it is great to see spring and baseball starting together in many parts of the world this week.”
Schiller further stated, “The various opening days around the world in the next few weeks will once again show the world that baseball is a global game, and we are very excited about where the game is going, from the grassroots to the professional leagues, as we head into another exciting seven months of the great game.”
Featured below are a list of the opening days for all of the leagues across the world along with the league’s websites in order for fans to be able to get more information.
3 April, Japanese Central League, Pacific League Opening Day
Locations: six home sites, Japan
Sponsor/Organization: Japanese Central League, Japanese Pacific League
5 April, Championnat de France N1 Opening Day
Sponsor/Organizer: Fédération Française de Baseball et de Softball
5 April, Swedish Baseball Nationalliga Opening Day
Sponsor/Organizer: Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation
11 April, Netherlands Honkbal Opening Day
Sponsor/Organizer: Koninklijke Nederlandse Baseball en Softball Bond
12 April, Moldova National Baseball Opening Day
Location: Cojusna, Moldova
Sponsor/Organizer: Baseball Moldova
While it is true that none of these will probably receive as much hype as the opening day in America, it does show the wide range of places that baseball is taking place in the world today.
Bill Jordan is a contributor to BaseballReflections.com. He can be reached by e-mail at BillJordaniv@yahoo.com.