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Burmese Pitcher to Play for Japanese Baseball Team

24 June 2013

A pitcher from Burma has been signed by a baseball team in Japan, The Japan Times reports. Zaw Zaw Oo, 23, who has joined the Kagawa Olive Guyners team, is believed to be the first Burmese player to join a foreign league. “I want to throw a pitch in front of all of you as soon as possible. “I want to make baseball a major sport in Myanmar,” he said at a news conference, wearing a formal Burmese “taikpon” jacket. Burma has only about 50 baseball players, said Toru Iwasaki, 57, a former United Nations employee promoting baseball in Burma who also attended the news conference.