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Dave Wiggins

Former longtime Japan resident Dave Wiggins, who was a sports columnist and television analyst in Tokyo, is now a sports writer based in Vero Beach, Florida. He contributes a bi-monthly column on the North American sports scene to The Japan Times. Wiggins, who was a TV sportscaster in Hawaii for several years prior to his time in Japan, is known for his keen observations and acerbic wit. In 2006 he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan.

For Dave Wiggins's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Emulating 'Evil Empire' lands Red Sox in last place

| Jun 30, 2015

Emulating 'Evil Empire' lands Red Sox in last place

Awhile back, Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino famously referred to the arch rival New York Yankees as “The Evil Empire.” The imagery was clear. The comment referenced the filthy-rich Bronx Bombers’ then-penchant for buying up the best baseball talent available in order to ...

| Jun 2, 2015

Revived Mets ignite renewed attention in ballclub

Sitting in the dugout of a New York Mets foe before a recent contest, MAS overheard an intriguing comment. It was one usually uttered about Notre Dame football. One opposition player said to another, “I think it’s good for baseball when the Mets are ...

NBA playoffs offer everything from sublime to ridiculous

| May 19, 2015

NBA playoffs offer everything from sublime to ridiculous

Some MAS musings on the disappointing-turned-exhilarating first two rounds of the NBA playoffs. (This, from a guy whose hoops career peaked when he was a starting guard on his junior high team and then went precipitously downhill thereafter.) ■ Gregg Popovich’s double-edged sword — ...

Ichiro stays ready as he learns National League game

| May 5, 2015

Ichiro stays ready as he learns National League game

It is pregame batting practice and new Miami Marlin Ichiro Suzuki is frolicking about the outfield pasture like a frisky colt. He’s bouncing about, playfully shagging fly balls, some of them BEHIND his back in his own inimitable fun-fielding way. And Ichiro’s cavorting doesn’t ...