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Jason Coskrey

Jason Coskrey is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His primary focus is Japanese baseball, but he has also covered soccer, American football, boxing and basketball. He previously worked for the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Ga. A native of Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

For Jason Coskrey's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Players encouraged by growing interest in WBC

Mar 21, 2017

Players encouraged by growing interest in WBC

Adam Jones on Saturday night in San Diego made the catch heard ’round the World Baseball Classic when he leapt against the wall to rob Manny Machado of a home run. It also was heard around America, where, gradually, the Classic is gaining steam ...

Puerto Rico, Netherlands ready for WBC semifinal

Mar 20, 2017

Puerto Rico, Netherlands ready for WBC semifinal

Jonathan Schoop let the ball bounce off his glove on purpose before catching it. Later, he kicked it to Andrelton Simmons, who tried, unsuccessfully, to dribble it like a soccer ball. When Simmons lost it, another player kicked it back to him. Safe to ...

Sir Didi keeps Netherlands smiling at World Baseball Classic

Mar 20, 2017

Sir Didi keeps Netherlands smiling at World Baseball Classic

Mariekson Julius Gregorius is a knight. For real. After helping the Netherlands win the 2011 Baseball World Cup, Gregorius and his teammates were inducted into the Netherlands’ Order of Orange-Nassau. So he’s a knight — Sir Mariekson Julius Gregorius. But you can just call ...

Jansen excited to join Dutch team at WBC

Mar 20, 2017

Jansen excited to join Dutch team at WBC

Kenley Jansen was back in the stadium he’s called home for his entire MLB career and preparing to go practice with players he’s known for most of his life. The locker room took some getting used to though. Jansen has spent seven seasons pitching ...

Dutch move closer to WBC semifinals with win over Cuba

Mar 15, 2017

Dutch move closer to WBC semifinals with win over Cuba

Netherlands manager Hensley “Bam-Bam” Meulens and Andruw Jones, who is serving as one of the team’s coaches, staged an impromptu home run derby during practice on Tuesday, prompting one of the team’s staffers to remark that the Dutch had the best-hitting coaching staff in ...

Eighth-inning heroics carry unbeaten Japan past Cuba

Mar 15, 2017

Eighth-inning heroics carry unbeaten Japan past Cuba

Another night, another thrilling win for Samurai Japan at the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Pinch hitter Seiichi Uchikawa brought in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, Tetsuto Yamada provided more breathing room with a two-run home run ...

Kikuchi's dazzling defense turning heads during WBC

Mar 14, 2017

Kikuchi's dazzling defense turning heads during WBC

There is a chance that at least once a game, Ryosuke Kikuchi will make you stand up and go, “whoa.” “Man, he’s a fun player to watch,” said one MLB scout. Kikuchi made one of his patented highlight-worthy plays late in Samurai Japan’s win ...

Dutch pound Israel to keep WBC semifinal hopes alive

Mar 13, 2017

Dutch pound Israel to keep WBC semifinal hopes alive

The Dutch have had a habit of coming out of the dugout to greet players who score runs during the World Baseball Classic. With the way they were swinging their bats against Israel, it was hard for anyone to get too comfortable on the ...