Orbit selected to join MLB All-Stars Japan tour

HOUSTON, TX - Popular Astros mascot Orbit has been selected by Major League Baseball to join the All-Star team taking part in the 2014 Japan All-Star Series in November. He was the only mascot selected for the trip.

Orbit will join Astros second baseman and AL batting champion Jose Altuve, who is among the MLB All-Stars participating in the series. The MLB All-Stars will play a five-game series against "Samurai Japan", which is Japan's National Team (schedule is below).

Orbit, who was also a part of the 2014 All-Star Game festivities in Minnesota, has become one of MLB's most popular and visible mascots since making his triumphant return to Houston prior to the 2013 season.

This season, many of Orbit's humorous antics have earned him numerous appearances and mentions on several national media outlets, including ESPN, Fox Sports and MTV. Some of Orbit's most memorable routines this season involved interaction with opposing players, who willingly played along with his creative bits on the field prior to games.

This season, Michael Clair of MLB.com's Cut 4 included Orbit's antics as the No. 3 highlight in the Top 10 MLB Moments of August and wrote: "Though Baseball-Reference doesn't yet award Mascot WAR, we can only assume that this is the greatest single-month performance for a mascot of all time."

Thus far, seven MLB players have been confirmed for the Japan Series. In addition to Altuve, they are: Bryce Harper, Justin Morneau, Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Yasiel Puig and Albert Pujols.

The Japan All-Star Series games will be hosted in Osaka (Kyocera Dome), Tokyo (Tokyo Dome) and Sapporo (Sapporo Dome). Two exhibition games will complement the five-game series, with one game in Osaka (Koshien Stadium) and the other in Okinawa (Okinawa Cellular Stadium). Tickets for the Japan All-Star Series 2014 are currently available at http://l-tike.com/mlbjp/.



Tuesday, Nov. 11th: Exhibition Game vs. Hanshin Tigers/Yomiuri Giants at Koshien
Wednesday, Nov. 12th: Game #1 at Kyocera Dome, Osaka
Thursday, Nov. 13th: Travel Day
Friday, Nov. 14th: Game #2 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Saturday, Nov. 15th: Game #3 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Sunday, Nov. 16th: Game #4 at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Monday, Nov. 17th: Travel Day
Tuesday, Nov. 18th: Game #5 at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo
Wednesday, Nov. 19th: Travel Day
Thursday, Nov. 20th: Exhibition Game vs Team Japan, Okinawa