| Feb 19, 2012

Retooling Hawks need newcomers to contribute

You might think Fukuoka Softbank Hawks manager Koji Akiyama is worried about the coming season and successfully defending his 2011 Japan Series championship. After all, he’s lost three of his best pitchers and his All-Star shortstop from 2011. However, Akiyama appears relaxed and confident ...

| Dec 18, 2011

Future could be brighter for NPB hitters in 2012

The 2011 Japanese pro baseball season will be forever remembered as the year of the pitcher. This is due to the new NPB baseball and the slightly darker stadiums because of energy-saving measures implemented following the triple disasters of March 11; earthquake, tsunami and ...