Sep 18, 2014

Narahara, Inaba join Kokubo's Samurai Japan staff

Japan national team manager Hiroki Kokubo had hoped to get active coaches to help him select national team players and got his wish on Thursday, when a pair of active first-team coaches were named to the Samurai Japan staff. Hiroshi Narahara, currently the Seibu ...

Oh feels competition against MLB 'vital' for Japan

Aug 24, 2014

Oh feels competition against MLB 'vital' for Japan

For home run-hitting legend Sadaharu Oh, this November’s competition between Japan’s best players and major league all-stars is vital if Japanese baseball really aspires to become the best in the world. In an exclusive interview with Kyodo News last week, Oh, who managed Japan ...

Ito lifts Tigers past Japan

| Feb 27, 2013

Ito lifts Tigers past Japan

Following its only big-scoring game so far, manager Koji Yamamoto’s Japan lineup will face more scrutiny after being stymied by the Hanshin Tigers 1-0 in a World Baseball Classic tuneup game on Tuesday at Kyocera Dome. Hanshin drew first blood in the bottom of ...