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 ...

At a loss for words to explain Tanaka's loss

| Nov 2, 2013

At a loss for words to explain Tanaka's loss

For awhile it was a joke even to ask the question. Did Ma-kun win? Usually, he did. But not this time. For the first time in a while, Masahiro Tanaka lost. That’s a phrase that hadn’t been written this year. Not during the “baseball” ...