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Japan baseball fans to vote for major league all-stars+.

NEW YORK, April 25 Kyodo

Major League Baseball International (MLBI) said Wednesday it will distribute ballots in Japan and in four Latin American countries to allow fans to vote for all-star players in the July 10 all-star game in Seattle.

This marks the first time that baseball fans in Japan would be able to vote for the major league all-star players.

In addition to Japan, fan balloting outside North America will also take place in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

MLBI said five million ballots -- printed in Japanese -- will be distributed by the am/pm convenience store chain, a sponsor of the all-star game, through its 1,300 stores across Japan from May 8.

Two Japanese outfielders who joined the major leagues this season -- Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners and Tsuyoshi Shinjo of the New York Mets -- will be eligible for selection by baseball fans in the all-star game. Fans are not allowed to choose pitchers.
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Publication:Japan Weekly Monitor
Date:Apr 30, 2001
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