Tanaka's exit puts focus on Maeda

| Jan 25, 2014

Tanaka's exit puts focus on Maeda

Outside of New York Yankees fans, the conclusion of Masahiro Tanaka’s move to the majors probably had the biggest effect on Kenta Maeda and the Hiroshima Carp. Because as Tanaka heads off to the Bronx, and with the next batch of potential uber-talents — ...

Splitter expected to be 'money pitch' for Tanaka in the majors

Jan 24, 2014

Splitter expected to be 'money pitch' for Tanaka in the majors

Now that the New York Yankees have agreed to part with a whopping $175 million in order to fit Masahiro Tanaka for pinstripes, baseball fans and observers will spend the next several years trying to figure out if “Ma-kun” was worth the hefty price ...

The Batting Stance Guy waxes poetic on Youkilis, NPB

Dec 28, 2013

The Batting Stance Guy waxes poetic on Youkilis, NPB

Kevin Youkilis’ batting stance is, shall we say, a little different than most. He keeps his hands far higher than most MLB hitters and almost points the bat at the mound at one point. One could call it unorthodox, cool, equal parts (seemingly) impractical ...

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

Dec 25, 2013

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

Major League Baseball fans and executives finally found what they were looking for under the Christmas tree. The news that Masahiro Tanaka is headed west. Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana met with the ace pitcher Wednesday morning and the team agreed to ...

Cromartie hungry to bring baseball back to Montreal

Dec 21, 2013

Cromartie hungry to bring baseball back to Montreal

Warren Cromartie’s energy can be infectious. When the former Montreal Expos and Yomiuri Giants star gets going on a topic, his voice rises, his words drip with conviction and even over the phone, you can imagine him flashing that familiar, toothy, megawatt smile. The ...

Oka looking to rein in knuckleball

Dec 16, 2013

Oka looking to rein in knuckleball

The last few years have seen a small group of pitchers trying to master the knuckleball in an attempt to revive or extend their careers. Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey rode the pitch to the NL Cy Young Award while pitching for the ...

New posting system puts Rakuten in unfavorable position

| Dec 14, 2013

New posting system puts Rakuten in unfavorable position

While the relevant parties have given their blessings to a new posting agreement between Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball, there is still no resolution to Masahiro Tanaka’s situation. The Eagles were widely expected to post Tanaka this offseason, but the newly agreed ...