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Softbank's Matsuda aiming for MLB move

Nov 9, 2015

Softbank's Matsuda aiming for MLB move

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks infielder Nobuhiro Matsuda will exercise his right to file for international free agency and admitted on Monday that he wants to try his luck in the major leagues. Matsuda, who is currently on Japan national team duty for the inaugural Premier ...

Nov 6, 2015

Hawks to open season in Sendai

The two-time defending Pacific League and Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will open their 2016 season on the road in Sendai on March 25 against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the league said Friday. The Eagles, who finished last the past two seasons, ...

Nov 3, 2015

Hawks close to acquiring Wada

The Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are near to signing former ace Tsuyoshi Wada on what appears to be a multiyear deal. “We’re in the final stages and it’s going well,” a team executive said Tuesday. “He can be a role model for ...

Swallows to post closer Barnette

Nov 2, 2015

Swallows to post closer Barnette

The Central League champion Tokyo Yakult Swallows revealed Monday that they will make closer Tony Barnette available to major league teams through the posting system. The Swallows are seeking a posting fee of $500,000. Any major league team that agrees to pay that fee ...

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. ...