The Padres are going to China first.
New Dodgers manager Joe Torre and Padres Hall of Famer Dave Winfield are scheduled to appear at a reception on Jan. 24 to announce Major League Baseball’s first games in China, exhibitions between Los Angeles and San Diego on March 15-16.
Personally, I think this is a great idea. I think it’s good for MLB to expand its international relations, especially to countries whose language we’ll all be speaking in twenty years. And if the Padres can get in on the ground level, even better. Especially if it helps us land the baseball equivalent of Yao Ming.
There are, however, grumblings that the players aren’t too high on this idea. After the WBC destroyed Peavy’s regular season, there should be some hesitation about disrupting the regular spring training routine. But, at the same time, this is a great opportunity and you can’t blame management for trying to take advantage of it.