Giants, Hawks look like class of NPB as season begins

Mar 27, 2014

Giants, Hawks look like class of NPB as season begins

2014 NPB Preview In order of predicted finish: PACIFIC LEAGUE Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks Manager: Koji Akiyama Last season: 73-69-2, fourth It’s still somewhat amazing to consider that the Hawks didn’t win the pennant, or even make the playoffs, last season. As a team they ...

Yoh happy to carry on tradition as Fighters' showman

Mar 26, 2014

Yoh happy to carry on tradition as Fighters' showman

There has been a certain amount of pizazz associated with Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters center fielders the last several seasons. First there was Tsuyoshi Shinjo, who was all perfect white teeth and style. Shinjo was over the top in just about everything he did; ...

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

Mar 13, 2014

BitSummit reveals tantalizing homemade worlds of play

After a successful debut last year, former Q-Games producer James Mielke once again shone a light on Japan’s independent gaming scene with the second edition of BitSummit, a gathering of independent developers. This year’s event, held March 7-9 in a large exhibition hall at ...

Hawks need more quality in starting rotation

Feb 1, 2014

Hawks need more quality in starting rotation

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks fielded a pitching juggernaut in 2011, the likes of which will be hard to replicate without the help of outside forces. That team, in fact, was aided by outside forces. That was the year NPB introduced its first standardized ball ...