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Thursday, March 1

Caple: Where's Yao?
Major League Baseball faces a tough assignment trying to spread the words "play ball" in China -- but the payoff could be huge.

Allen: High tide
While Korea's national team has made huge strides, its domestic game is suffering. And it probably will get worse.

Law: Road less traveled Insider
Taiwan has plenty to offer a team willing to make the outlay required to scout and sign players from the island nation.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Neel: Essence of wa
There are signs of a new baseball world in Japan that might forever expand the possibilities for ballplayers everywhere.

Neyer: Pure boro! Insider
It's unlikely the Japanese leagues will crumble the way the Negro leagues did after Jackie Robinson left for the majors.

Hillman: The real deal
The Japanese game might have been inferior to baseball in the West before, but that's not the case anymore.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Thompson: Welcome to America
The Red Sox are doing everything possible to make Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima feel comfortable.

Crasnick: Hit or miss
Predicting whether a player from Japan, Korea or Taiwan can cut it in the big leagues is a complex proposition.

Monday, Feb. 26

Allen: Strong foundation
The Far East's greatest contribution to baseball may be its role as the catalyst that sparked MLB's new global outlook.

Stark: Q&A with Bud Selig
Commissioner Bud Selig shares his vision for the increasingly powerful connection between Major League Baseball and Asia.




 
Friday, March 2: Going Global
Ichiro Suzuki
Kurkjian: Found horizon
The wave of Asian players is upon us, and that wave is going to get bigger. Story
Kazumi Saito
Neel: Star search
It's time to start keeping a closer eye on the players and teams in Japan. Story


Photo Galleries
Masanori Murakami
Asian legends
The talent gap between the Far East and the West is shrinking. These players have helped narrow the divide. View

Yu Darvish
Coming soon ...
Which Asian players could make it to The Show down the road? Here are the top prospects. View


ESPN Video
Asian power
Diamond power
Baseball in Asia has come a long way, and MLB is taking notice. ESPN Video

China hitting
Hit 'em up
China's baseball boom is coming, but no one is sure when it will finally arrive. ESPN Video

China fielding
A glove story
The Chinese are still learning the finer intricacies of the game. ESPN Video

China pitching
Arms race
Big Unit? Rocket? China would settle for a staff of Jamie Moyers. ESPN Video

Japan foreigners
Now and yen
Foreign players (gaijin) must produce in Japan -- or they don't last long. ESPN Video

Japanese fans
For love of the game
Baseball is more than a pastime in Japan. It's a national obsession. ESPN Video

Hideo Nomo
Greener days
Don't be surprised to see many more major postings in the future. ESPN Video

Daisuke Matsuzaka
All business
The game-day experience in Japan is not quite the same as it is in the U.S. ESPN Video


Audio
Hideki Matsui
Chatter up
Here are some calls in Japanese that capture the passion, emotion and excitement of the game. Listen


Trivial Pursuit
Sadaharu Oh
Knowledge is power
It's time to find out how much you know about Asian baseball. Quiz


Insider Perspective
Kenji Johjima
Catching on
Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima details life in the big leagues. Chat wrap Insider


What's Your Take?
Akinori Iwamura
Future impact
Several Asian players will make their major league debuts this season. Will there be more? Vote

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