Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

Dec 25, 2013

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

Major League Baseball fans and executives finally found what they were looking for under the Christmas tree. The news that Masahiro Tanaka is headed west. Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana met with the ace pitcher Wednesday morning and the team agreed to ...

Cromartie hungry to bring baseball back to Montreal

Dec 21, 2013

Cromartie hungry to bring baseball back to Montreal

Warren Cromartie’s energy can be infectious. When the former Montreal Expos and Yomiuri Giants star gets going on a topic, his voice rises, his words drip with conviction and even over the phone, you can imagine him flashing that familiar, toothy, megawatt smile. The ...

Oka looking to rein in knuckleball

Dec 16, 2013

Oka looking to rein in knuckleball

The last few years have seen a small group of pitchers trying to master the knuckleball in an attempt to revive or extend their careers. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey rode the pitch to the NL Cy Young Award while pitching for the ...

New posting system puts Rakuten in unfavorable position

| Dec 14, 2013

New posting system puts Rakuten in unfavorable position

While the relevant parties have given their blessings to a new posting agreement between Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball, there is still no resolution to Masahiro Tanaka’s situation. The Eagles were widely expected to post Tanaka this offseason, but the newly agreed ...

Giants now banking on Kataoka to shore up second base

Dec 2, 2013

Giants now banking on Kataoka to shore up second base

The Yomiuri Giants have, at long last, finally found their second baseman. Again. This time it’s Yasuyuki Kataoka, the former Seibu Lions infielder who on Sunday announced his intention to join the two-time defending Central League champions. Kataoka will become the next in a ...

For once, MVP voters got things right

| Nov 30, 2013

For once, MVP voters got things right

One thing that’s always surprising when NPB voters get both the Pacific and Central League MVP winners right. Most times, it seems like the league MVPs are selected by throwing darts at each pennant-winner’s team photo instead of actually delving into the argument of ...

Tanaka, Balentien earn MVP honors

Nov 26, 2013

Tanaka, Balentien earn MVP honors

Masahiro Tanaka pitched his way into the record books. Wladimir Balentien slugged his way there. The history-making pair crossed paths only once this year — Tanaka got Balentien to fly out in the first inning of Game 1 of the All-Star Series — but ...