HOUSTON -- 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 American League 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.
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 return to Houston prior to the 2013 season. Many of Orbit's antics have earned him numerous appearances and mentions on several national media outlets.
Seven players have been confirmed for the Japan Series, with Bryce Harper, Justin Morneau, Robinson Cano, Adam Jones, Yasiel Puig and Albert Pujols joining Altuve.
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).
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.