Jan 28, 2014

Kubota, a master bat maker, announces retirement

The craftsman whose bats have launched thousands of big league hits for Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui is calling it quits after half a century at his craft. Master bat maker Isokazu Kubota told a news conference on Tuesday that having trained the next ...

Jul 6, 2013

Matsui to throw BP for Yanks' farm team

Former New York Yankee Hideki Matsui, the 2009 World Series MVP, will throw batting practice to the Staten Island Yankees prior to their game against the Hudson Valley Renegades on Saturday. Matsui, 39, is also scheduled to throw batting practice for the Single-A club ...

Legends Matsui, Nagashima feted

May 5, 2013

Legends Matsui, Nagashima feted

by Jason Coskrey

Hideki Matsui was back in Japan for the first time since announcing his retirement in late December and back on the field where he hit home run after home run for the Yomiuri Giants in front of packed houses from 1993-2002. He stood alone ...

High honor for Nagashima, Matsui

Apr 7, 2013

High honor for Nagashima, Matsui

by Robert Whiting

Shigeo Nagashima and Hideki Matsui both had legendary careers with the Yomiuri Giants, the latter also excelling in the major leagues after leaving the Giants. Now their accomplishments are being officially recognized with the People's Honor Award.

Apr 5, 2013

Abe government honors sluggers

The Abe government helps get Japan's pro baseball season started by conferring the People's Honor Award on two Giant sluggers a generation apart.

Tellem's take: Matsui a special person

Jan 23, 2013

Tellem's take: Matsui a special person

by Arn Tellem

Arn Tellem is considered one of the most prominent agents in the sports world. He represented former Yomiuri Giants star Hideki Matsui during his entire 10-year career in the major leagues. Here he shares his thoughts on the Ishikawa native in an exclusive piece ...