Starting May 25, the Japan Samurai Bears will become the first ever Japanese sports team to play all of its games in America.
The Samurai Bears will play 90 games as part of the inaugural season of the Golden Baseball League, a minor league featuring eight teams based in California and Arizona.
Former Japanese league superstar Warren Cromartie is coaching the team and he figures his players will give American teams lots of competition because theyre aggressive, good with fundamentals and take the game seriously.
As far as culture shock, Cromartie says hes the one most at risk. As he puts it, Most of these guys have been to America, but Ive never been to Arizona.
There is a difference between Japanese and American baseball but Cromartie insists, Were just like the Bad News Bears except we eat sushi!
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