D-backs' brass ready for trip to Japan

D-backs' brass ready for trip to Japan

PHOENIX -- Just after the Trade Deadline passes on Tuesday, a contingent of D-backs front office executives will spend a week in Japan promoting the Arizona franchise and visiting several baseball landmarks across the country.

Club president and CEO Derrick Hall, general manager Kevin Towers and special assistant to the president/CEO Luis Gonzalez will headline the group of representatives making the tour that will last until Aug. 7.

The trip will include meetings with the Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner's Office, MLB Japan and public appearances at the Major League Baseball Road Show in the tsunami-affected town of Ishinomaki.

"The D-backs have always had a presence in Japan, and we consider our franchise to be a truly global brand," Hall said. "This is a tremendous opportunity to expand the club's reach, renew our friendships and have a lasting impact in the community abroad."

The group will also feature meetings with front-office executives from the Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Yokohama Bay Stars and Chiba Lotte Marines.

Prior to the Major League Baseball Road Show, the D-backs will tour Sendai, the hometown of current D-backs pitcher Takashi Saito, which was greatly damaged by a tsunami and earthquake in 2011.