Otani, Arai win MVP awards

Nov 29, 2016

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

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Shohei Otani’s historic season of rewriting the record books and challenging conventional baseball wisdom reached its logical conclusion on Monday night. In a result that came as a surprise to no one, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ two-way star was crowned Pacific League MVP, ...

Nov 26, 2016

Otani aims to be world's fastest pitcher

A day after being named both the best pitcher and the best designated hitter in the Pacific League, Shohei Otani said Saturday he’d also like to throw the world’s fastest pitch. In an event inHokkaido, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters star said throwing 169 ...

Nov 25, 2016

Fighters retain pitchers Mendoza, Martin

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have re-signed right-handers Luis Mendoza and Chris Martin for next season, the Pacific League club announced Friday. Mendoza, who went 7-8 with a 3.88 ERA chiefly as a starter in his third season with the Fighters, agreed to a ...

Otani wants to play in majors 'someday'

Nov 22, 2016

Otani wants to play in majors 'someday'

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ slugging ace pitcher Shohei Otani said Monday he wants to play in the major leagues “someday” but not in the immediate future. “There’s no change in my longtime desire to go there,” the 22-year-old right-hander said in the town ...

Sapporo lauds Fighters with victory parade

Nov 20, 2016

Sapporo lauds Fighters with victory parade

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters held their first victory parade in four years on Sunday, celebrating their Japan Series and Pacific League championships in the streets of Sapporo. A crowd estimated at around 138,000 cheered on the Fighters, who captured their first pennant since ...

Nov 18, 2016

Fighters sign veteran pitcher Murata

Former Yomiuri Giants and Cleveland Indians minor leaguer Toru Murata has signed with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the team announced Friday. Murata is currently playing winter ball in Venezuela, where local media reported Sunday that the 31-year-old pitcher will attempt a comeback in ...

Fighters manager Kuriyama receives Shoriki Award

Nov 17, 2016

Fighters manager Kuriyama receives Shoriki Award

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters skipper Hideki Kuriyama, who led the Pacific League team to its first Japan Series title in 10 years this past season, won the Matsutaro Shoriki Award on Thursday. Kuriyama, 55, took the prize in a unanimous vote by a five-member ...

Nov 15, 2016

Right-hander Bass not returning to Fighters

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Anthony Bass is leaving the Japan Series champion after one season, the Pacific League club announced Tuesday. The 29-year-old pitched both as a starter and in relief in 37 regular-season games as he went 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA. ...