Jan 24, 2017

Slugger Lee returns to Lotte Giants

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and Seattle Mariners slugger Lee Dae-ho has rejoined his former South Korean club the Lotte Giants after one season in the major leagues, the Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday. Lee, the 2015 Japan Series MVP with the Hawks before moving ...

Jan 20, 2017

Hawks extend manager Kudo's contract through 2019

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have handed manager Kimiyasu Kudo a renewed contract through 2019, the Pacific League club announced on Friday. Kudo, who is in the final year of his three-year deal this season, steered SoftBank to the 2015 Japan Series title in his ...

Dec 2, 2016

Matsuzaka to pitch for Puerto Rico winter ball team

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka joined the Gigantes de Carolina this week to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, is scheduled to play in the winter league ...

Nov 29, 2016

Longtime hurler Arakaki retires

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks right-hander Nagisa Arakaki revealed his decision to retire Tuesday after 14 years in Nippon Professional Baseball. “I thought it was about time to decide after speaking to my family,” said Arakaki, who was released by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows last ...

Nov 20, 2016

Matsuzaka poised for winter ball in Puerto Rico

Fukuoka SoftBank pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has come to terms on a deal that will allow him to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league, a Hawks source said Sunday. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, ...

Oct 28, 2016

Hawks' Imamiya recovering from elbow surgery

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks infielder Kenta Imamiya will be sidelined for three months after undergoing right-elbow surgery, the Pacific League club announced Friday. The 25-year-old, who batted .245 with 10 home runs and 56 RBIs during the regular season, had loose fragments removed from the ...

Oct 24, 2016

Matsuzaka to play winter ball in Puerto Rico

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to play in the winter leagues in Puerto Rico, manager Kimiyasu Kudo said Monday. “I’ve been told it’s Puerto Rico,” Kudo said at Yafuoku Dome, where Matsuzaka and the Hawks began fall training. “He may be ...