O'Malley, Ramirez are worth a look as skippers

| Sep 6, 2014

O'Malley, Ramirez are worth a look as skippers

Now in the final month of the 2014 Japanese baseball regular season, the “A-Class” teams in the Central and Pacific leagues look forward to October’s Climax Series of playoffs, while the three also-rans in both divisions begin thinking about next year. How many clubs ...

Infield replacements making presence felt

| Jul 5, 2014

Infield replacements making presence felt

Friday marked the 75th anniversary of Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest Man” speech delivered at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. Strange that one so sick at the age of 37 is known as a baseball iron man who played while healthy in 2,130 consecutive games, ...

| Jun 14, 2014

Proposed NPB expansion appears unlikely

The office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a suggestion on May 22 that Japanese professional baseball should expand from its current 12 teams to 16. Prospective locations for four new franchises were listed, and the idea would be to help further economic growth ...

| May 17, 2014

Foreign fans revel in ballpark fun

A beat writer for one of the Japanese papers called the other day and said, “I am seeing a lot of foreign fans at Japanese baseball games recently. What’s going on?” What’s going on, first of all, is a general increase in tourism with ...