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Wayne Graczyk

Wayne Graczyk has written the “Baseball Bullet-In” column in The Japan Times since 1976. A native of New Jersey, he came to Japan in 1969 with the U.S. Air Force and is a 1977 graduate of Tokyo’s Sophia University. Wayne was the long-time (1977-2004) sports editor of the Tokyo Weekender newspaper, he covers Yomiuri Giants baseball games for Nippon TV and, since 1976, he has compiled the Japan Pro Baseball Fan Handbook & Media Guide. He is a member of the Tokyo Sportswriters Club and the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan.

For Wayne Graczyk's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Aug 8, 2015

Suggested upgrades for NPB stadiums

Japanese baseball considers itself to be a major league, and the quality and level of play is quite high. However, the ballpark facilities and availability of certain items could be improved to make fans feel more like they are at a big league game. ...

Fond memories of 'Mr. Minor League'

| Jul 4, 2015

Fond memories of 'Mr. Minor League'

Sadly, the Baseball Bullet-in says goodbye to a good friend and great fan of the game, Takashi “Bert” Shimada, aka “Mr. Minor League,” who died in Tokyo on June 19 at the age of 87. Though he followed baseball at all levels in his ...

| Jun 6, 2015

New interleague format divides opinion

We’re already more than halfway through Japan’s interleague season, and I overheard a member of the Japanese media say last week, “The interleague games are not interesting.” Say what? Many of the games have been close and just as exciting as non-interleague contests throughout ...

| May 16, 2015

Sliding into first base not worth the risk

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters outfielder Daikon Yoh is out of action for probably six weeks after breaking his left thumb in a game against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on May 4 in Sapporo. He sustained the injury while attempting to perform one of ...

| Apr 4, 2015

Trio of homers lauched Hanshin to title

As part of the celebration commemorating the 80 years of the Hanshin Tigers franchise, the ballclub will later this month remember the 30th anniversary of one of the most exciting moments in Japanese baseball home run history. On April 17, the Tigers will host ...