| 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 ...

| Mar 25, 2012

Aoki's departure leaves big void for Swallows

One of the big questions to be answered this year in Japanese baseball is, how will the Tokyo Yakult Swallows fare without All-Star center fielder Norichika Aoki, posted for major league service during the offseason and now with the Milwaukee Brewers. Aoki was a ...