Astros fans know Jose Altuve is exceptional. Now the world will get to see him first hand. Major League Baseball has announced a cast of All-stars that will travel to Japan for the "Japan All-Star Series 2014." Joining Altuve is Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, and Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. From the MLB's press release about the event:
The 2014 renewal of the event will mark the 11th All-Star Series and the 36th time overall that a team of Major Leaguers has toured Japan for exhibition games, dating back to 1908. The current five-game format was first played in 2006, which was the last time the MLB All-Stars faced off against the Japan All-Stars. MLB's 2006 roster - which included All-Stars such as Bronson Arroyo, Ryan Howard, John Lackey, Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan, Jose Reyes, David Wright and Chase Utley - went 5-0 in the All-Star Series.
The MLB All-Star team will play in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome), Sapporo (Sapporo Dome) and Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium). The games will be played between November 11 and November 20.
Astros fans have winter ball and now this All-Star tour to look forward to during this long winter.