| Jan 13, 2013

Anniversaries abound around NPB

The year 2013 will mark a season of notable anniversaries for Japanese baseball franchises and ballparks. It is Japanese year Heisei 25, the 25th anniversary for Tokyo Dome, Japan’s first indoor stadium, and the 20th for Fukuoka Yahoo Japan Dome, the country’s first-and still ...

Nov 25, 2012

Samurai Japan fans will miss nation's MLB players in upcoming WBC

They are dropping like flies. Talking here about Japanese players in the major leagues who have decided they will not play in the World Baseball Classic in March. Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma, Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda, members of their country’s championship ...

| 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 ...