| 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 ...

| Mar 18, 2012

Tokyo Dome turns 25

Can you believe this will be the 25th season of play already at the Tokyo Dome? In fact, it opened this week in 1988, with Japanese pro baseball exhibition games as part of a 12-team tournament that gave all the Central and Pacific League ...

| Mar 11, 2012

Disaster had major impact on NPB

Here we are, exactly one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011. Japanese baseball has been greatly affected by the quake, the tsunami triggered by it and the subsequent radiation threats from the crippled Fukushima nuclear ...

| Feb 26, 2012

Many NPB veterans hanging on too long

How does a professional baseball player know when it is time to retire? Pitcher Tim Wakefield, at the age of 45 and with 19 years in the major leagues behind him, announced last week he was leaving the Boston Red Sox and putting away ...