Kokubo introduced as new manager of Samurai Japan

Oct 9, 2013

Kokubo introduced as new manager of Samurai Japan

The Japanese baseball national team has a new outlook and a new man in charge. Former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks star Hiroki Kokubo was introduced as the next manager of Samurai Japan during a ceremony at Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Wednesday. ...

Time ripe for NPB to alter makeup game format

| Oct 7, 2013

Time ripe for NPB to alter makeup game format

The Orix Buffaloes will be on the field when the Pacific League Climax Series begins on Oct. 12. Orix won’t be anywhere near the postseason action, mind you. The 64-71-5 (through Sunday) Buffaloes are in fifth place, six games adrift of the fourth-place Fukuoka ...

Another challenge awaits Rakuten

| Sep 30, 2013

Another challenge awaits Rakuten

Clinching the Pacific League pennant a little early gave the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles a chance to really enjoy the moment. Ace Masahiro Tanaka, 22-0 this season, was on the mound for the last inning of the PL pennant race on Sept. 26 at ...

Giants win pennant before beating Carp

Sep 23, 2013

Giants win pennant before beating Carp

The Yomiuri Giants raced out of the dugout after the final out, as streamers and confetti rained down from the stands, and tossed their manager into the air eight times. So what if the title had been secured a little more than three hours ...