| 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 ...

| 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 ...