Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hawaii: Steppingstone to Japan for Big Leagues?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Hawaii: Steppingstone to Japan for Big Leagues?

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The St. Louis Cardinals have gotten off to a very slow start this season and could probably benefit from more home cooking. Instead they'll make the longest regular-season trip (Miami to Honolulu) in history to play something billed as the "Paradise Series" and perhaps enjoy a luau along the way.

That's the fancy name given this rematch between the Cardinals and the San Diego Padres, who met in the first round of last year's National League playoffs. This time the teams have agreed to take Major League Baseball to Hawaii, which sits in baseball limbo between the West Coast and Asia.

Spearheading the effort is Padres president and CEO Larry Lucchino, one of the sport's most aggressive executives when it comes to enlarging baseball's geographic tent and an advocate of a baseball World Cup. Last year the Padres hosted the New York Mets in Monterrey, Mexico, the first time regular-season games were played in Mexico. Lucchino has called Hawaii a possible "way station to Japan. …

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