In an effort to expand the game of baseball on the international scale, MLB has announced that the Diamondbacks and Dodgers will open the 2014 MLB Season in Australia.
The timing is very interesting in that there were two bench clearings the night before, one of which turned into a brawl (See video here).
I understand the thought process in that it makes business sense, but it does not make baseball sense. To have teams travel that distance especially considering the jet lag, it will effect those teams. Having to play 162 games in a season mean that there are very few extended breaks, maybe 2 games in a row if you are very lucky.
Thus, there is very little time to recover from such an event, and this can really cause a negative impact on a team.
Either way, MLB and other sports are moving towards globalization to earn all the money they can.