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Oct 31, 2015

Eagles part ways with Pena, four foreign teammates

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who finished last in the Pacific League for the last two seasons, said Saturday that five foreign players, including former Best Nine Award-winning slugger Wily Mo Pena, will not be back for 2016. Pena was honored as the Pacific ...

Oct 30, 2015

NPB mulls expanded replay, ball-tracking technology

Nippon Professional Baseball decided on Friday to consider introducing more technology into its game. The Game Operations Committee will look into expanding video replay to include close plays. Replay is currently only used to check home-run balls and catches made off the outfield wall. ...

Yamada stakes claim as top player

Oct 28, 2015

Yamada stakes claim as top player


There are many who already think the Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ Tetsuto Yamada is the best all-around player in Japan. His historic three-home run (in three straight at-bats) night in Game 3 of the Japan Series on Tuesday probably turned a few more people into ...

Oct 27, 2015

Giants give Mikolas two-year deal

Yomiuri Giants right-hander Miles Mikolas, who set a Central League-high .813 winning percentage this season, re-signed with the club for two years on Tuesday on an annual salary of ¥240 million ($1.98 million). The 27-year-old American who joined the Giants in 2015 after a ...

New Giants skipper Takahashi aiming to make mark

Oct 26, 2015

New Giants skipper Takahashi aiming to make mark

New Yomiuri Giants manager Yoshinobu Takahashi appreciated the responsibility and the tasks that lie ahead as he was unveiled by the Central League club on Monday. “It’s a role with heavy responsibilities. While retaining the tradition that my predecessors have built, I’d like to ...