Fighters head west for spring camp

| Jan 31, 2016

Fighters head west for spring camp

While most Japanese teams headed south to begin “spring” camp and ride out the final few weeks of winter, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters took a distinctly different track and flew west instead. The Fighters touched down in the United States late last week ...

Giants hurler Sugano aims for winning season

Jan 23, 2016

Giants hurler Sugano aims for winning season

Tomoyuki Sugano returned to Japan recently after spending several days training in Hawaii. He told reporters at Narita Airport that his workouts yielded great results and allowed that “my condition is the best it’s been in three years.” The Giants fell short of winning ...

Iwaki FC owners aiming for the stars with new club

Jan 15, 2016

Iwaki FC owners aiming for the stars with new club

Dome Corporation president Shuichi Yasuda has the vision, Satoshi Okura the know-how and former Dutch international and Rangers player Pieter Huistra the experience. The goal now is to combine their respective talents as they embark on the task of building a professional soccer club ...

Fortuitous move to bullpen led Barnette to majors

| Dec 30, 2015

Fortuitous move to bullpen led Barnette to majors

The last game pitcher Tony Barnette ever started for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows came against the Chunichi Dragons on March 8, 2011, during spring training. Barnette had already had one life-altering moment that spring — he’d proposed to now-wife Hillary before leaving Arizona for ...