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