| Oct 21, 2012

NPB playoff format less than ideal

There’s nothing like October baseball. On a given day in Japan, fans with cable or satellite TV systems can watch games — sometimes non-stop — from the wee hours of the morning until late at night. American and National League Division Series and Championship ...

| Oct 14, 2012

Kakunaka's fortunes change in a hurry

We are establishing a new “prize” here. It is the Baseball Bullet-In “Out of the Blue Award” with recognition given to the player in Japanese pro baseball who has the best season among those virtually unheard of and who came from seemingly nowhere to ...

BayStars need major upgrades to roster

| Sep 16, 2012

BayStars need major upgrades to roster

The Yokohama BayStars lost their 69th game of the 2012 season on Sept. 5, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. The BayStars thus sealed their 11th consecutive losing season, and it is safe to say the team’s performance this year has ...

| Sep 9, 2012

Final countdown under way for Ishii, Kokubo

Infielder Takuro Ishii of the Hiroshima Carp has announced his retirement as an active player effective at the end of the 2012 season. Ishii joins infielder Hiroki Kokubo of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks who will also hang up his spikes when his club concludes ...