Curtis Granderson has served as an MLB International Ambassador in England, the Netherlands and Italy. He's made trips to South Africa and New Zealand, and in 2008 became the first Major League player to tour China.
This offseason, Granderson will add South Korea and Japan to the list.
The Yankees center fielder will help grow the game as part of the MLB International Ambassador program by spending three days in South Korea and eight more in Japan, making appearances throughout both countries and participating in grassroots initiatives. His work will include the re-opening of the Ishinomaki Municipal Baseball Stadium, which was damaged in the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.
"After playing in Taiwan last offseason and touring China as a part of the MLB Ambassador program a few years ago, I'm excited to have the opportunity to help grow and promote the game in Korea and Japan," Granderson said in a statement. "I've seen firsthand that baseball is a global sport, and it is gratifying to take part in its development in younger generations all over the world."
Granderson's first stop will be in Seoul, South Korea, where he will take part in a baseball clinic and donate equipment to the SOS Children's Village orphanage. He will also participate in a clinic with the Seoul National School for the Deaf and meet with the New York Yankees Fan Club of Korea.
From there, Granderson will journey to Tokyo, Kyoto, Ishinomaki and Okinawa in Japan. He is scheduled to speak at the Ishinomaki Municipal Baseball Stadium field commemoration and take part in a clinic for young baseball players with a local semi-pro team. He will lead another clinic for the Girls Professional Baseball League in Kyoto and visit young baseball players at Konan High School and Okinawa Shogakuin High School.
In Tokyo, Granderson will be a part of a panel discussion at Waseda University on "CSR within Professional Sports," talk to students at The American School in Japan and attend an event at the MLB Cafe, the first Major League Baseball-themed restaurant.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.