The overseas trip – which includes stops in Japan and Hong Kong — is part of MLB’s continuing effort to globalize the game .
"I was impressed by how much the native Chinese people knew about the Yankees and baseball," team president Randy Levine told the Times. "It was really great and impressive. It was all the same questions that we get in New York."
Managing director of MLB China Leon Xie believes baseball’s version of Yao is in China.
“Baseball’s Yao Ming is 11, 12 years old,” Xie told the Times. “He exists somewhere in this country. Our mission is to spend the next 10, 15 years finding that kid.”