| 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 ...

| Jul 29, 2012

No need for NPB to push back start times

As mentioned in this column last week, the July 25 Central League game between the Yomiuri Giants and Yokohama DeNA Baystars at Tokyo Dome had a starting time of 7 p.m., an hour later than usual for weekday night games in Japanese baseball. It ...

| Jul 22, 2012

Nomura has Carp in playoff picture

How does this grab you? A 2012 Japan Series between the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Hey, it could happen. Check the Pacific and Central League standings at the All-Star break and, while it may not be probable, there is ...

| Jul 8, 2012

Give Kato four more years at NPB helm

A Kyodo News item came out of the blue on July 3, indicating Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato’s term was to have expired June 30, and he is now in limbo, awaiting word about whether he will be extended. Owners of the 12 ...