Dec 18, 2014

NPB teams keep eye on shift in U.S.-Cuba relations

For one year, at least, Nippon Professional Baseball has been the prime destination for Cuban ballplayers wishing to play overseas legally, but those days may be numbered. Following Thursday’s sudden policy shift by the United States toward normalizing relations with Cuba, the possibility looms ...

MLB, Under Armour announce tie-up

Nov 15, 2014

MLB, Under Armour announce tie-up

by Jason Coskrey

It remains to be seen if MLB leaves Japan with a victory on the field, but the league feels like it’s hit a home run on the business side of things. MLB and Under Armour announced a new partnership between the two sports entities ...

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Jul 16, 2014

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Eight years after turning their backs on visiting major league all-star tours, Japan’s players are welcoming the big leaguers back with open arms for games in November. For the first time since 2006, a team of major league all stars will visit Japan in ...

Jun 22, 2014

Royals' Aoki placed on DL

Kansas City Royals leadoff man Norichika Aoki has been placed on the 15-day disabled List, the team announced Saturday. Aoki hurt his left leg on Tuesday in a game against the Detroit Tigers and has appeared in just two games since. He is batting ...

Jun 11, 2014

MLB All-Star squad to face Samurai Japan in November

Major League Baseball will organize an All-Star team and visit Japan this fall to play Samurai Japan, Nippon Professional Baseball announced on Tuesday. According to a press release, the MLB All-Stars are scheduled to play six games — five contests and an exhibition game ...

May 15, 2014

MLB changes ruling in Darvish's no-hit bid

Major League Baseball has altered a ruling and given another hit to Yu Darvish’s opponents in last week’s game between the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox that saw him flirt with a no-hitter. David Ortiz’s popup that dropped in right field in the ...

MLB hopes to spur interest in Australia during series

Mar 14, 2014

MLB hopes to spur interest in Australia during series

Former Boston Red Sox coach Jon Deeble, who’s been around Australian baseball for more than 30 years, figures next weekend’s season-opening, two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney will have a “massive impact” on the sport Down Under. Certainly ...