Jun 23, 2015

Kokubo eyeing Kuroda for Premier 12

Japan skipper Hiroki Kokubo said Monday he is flirting with the idea of calling up the Hiroshima Carp’s veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda for the inaugural Premier 12 this fall. “Fatigue is something we’ll have to consider but yes, there is the possibility,” Kokubo said ...

Kokubo urges Samurai Japan to pay fitting tribute

Mar 9, 2015

Kokubo urges Samurai Japan to pay fitting tribute

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said Monday that this week’s games against Europe are important for both his players and as a reminder of the disaster that struck the Tohoku region four years ago. “It’s only March, but this autumn we’re going to have ...

Kokubo names Samurai Japan squad for March games

Feb 16, 2015

Kokubo names Samurai Japan squad for March games

Manager Hiroki Kokubo announced a familiar-looking squad on Monday for Samurai Japan’s March games against a team of players from Europe. The noticeable changes from Kokubo’s team that faced touring major leaguers in November are with the pitching staff, where none of the aces ...