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Jan 16, 2014

Swallows' Balentien released on bail

Tokyo Yakult Swallows slugger Wladimir Balentien, who last year broke the Japanese home runs record, was released on bail on Wednesday following his arrest on charges of domestic violence. Balentien paid $50,000 bail and must stay away from his wife, Karla. The 29-year-old is ...

Jan 8, 2014

Infielder Nioka ready to hang up spikes: source

Slugging infielder Tomohiro Nioka, the MVP of the 2002 Japan Series for the Yomiuri Giants, is set to retire, a Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters source said Wednesday. Nioka, the Giants’ No. 2 pick in the 1998 draft, was traded to Nippon Ham following the ...

Jan 8, 2014

Jones back with Eagles for 2014

Outfielder Andruw Jones, who helped lead the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to their first Japan Series championship last season, will remain with the Pacific League team, the Eagles announced Wednesday. The 36-year-old Jones, who has 434 major league home runs, batted .243 with 26 ...

Jan 6, 2014

New NPB commissioner Kumazaki takes reins

Nippon Professional Baseball turned a page on Monday, when new commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki had his first official day at the office. Kumazaki spoke about reforming a system that allowed subordinates to make significant changes to NPB’s official ball a year ago and cover it ...

Evergreen Yamamoto aiming to become oldest winning pitcher

Jan 5, 2014

Evergreen Yamamoto aiming to become oldest winning pitcher

Japan’s oldest active player, Chunichi Dragons lefty Masahiro Yamamoto, said Sunday that he expects to improve this year and become the oldest winning pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball history. Speaking at an event in Nagoya, the Chunichi Dragons pitcher, who turned 48 last August, ...

Swallows' Ogawa begins preparations for season

Jan 4, 2014

Swallows' Ogawa begins preparations for season

Tokyo Yakult Swallows hurler Yasuhiro “Ryan” Ogawa, the Central League’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, kick-started training for the upcoming season with some sprints and a game of catch on Saturday. Ogawa, who went 16-4 to lead the CL in wins, paid a visit ...

Dec 30, 2013

MLB warns Eagles over Tanaka fee

Major League Baseball has sent the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and their ace Masahiro Tanaka a warning to strictly observe an agreement prohibiting Japanese clubs from receiving any value other than the fee under the new posting system, informed sources told Kyodo News on ...

Dec 25, 2013

Kumazaki to be NPB commissioner

Katsuhiko Kumazaki, a former Tokyo district prosecutor, is set to be named as the new commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball, Kyodo News learned Tuesday. An extraordinary meeting will be held on Thursday, when the appointment is expected to be approved. The creation of the ...

Dec 25, 2013

Giants star Abe gets lofty raise

Yomiuri Giants captain Shinnosuke Abe celebrated Christmas with a memorable pay raise after becoming the third player in Japanese baseball history to reach the ¥600 million plateau Tuesday. Abe signed a two-year deal with the Central League champions worth ¥600 million annually, up ¥30 ...