Two Cuban baseball players defect in Puerto Rico

Feb 5, 2015

Two Cuban baseball players defect in Puerto Rico

Two Cuban baseball players defected in Puerto Rico, where a squad from their country is playing in the Caribbean Series against four other Latin American teams, Cuban sports officials said on Wednesday. Pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez, 19, rookie of the year in the Cuban league ...

DeNA founder first woman to own a baseball team in Japan

Jan 16, 2015

DeNA founder first woman to own a baseball team in Japan

Tomoko Namba, the founder of mobile gaming company DeNA Co., has taken over as team owner of the Central League’s Yokohama BayStars, the ball club said Friday. Namba, 52, who in 2013 was listed on Forbes as having a net worth of $545 million, ...

Hiroshima Carp girls giving underfunded ball team a lift

Jan 8, 2015

Hiroshima Carp girls giving underfunded ball team a lift

While the Hiroshima Carp are often contenders for Nippon Professional Baseball’s Japan Series, the media have apparently crowned the team’s female fans as champions. In fact, the team is so popular with women that one of the top 10 buzz phrases of 2014 was ...

U.S. internees recall ballgame of freedom

Dec 14, 2014

U.S. internees recall ballgame of freedom

by Koichi Ito

A baseball series played 70 years ago between two U.S. internment camps became a symbol of freedom for a group of Japanese-Americans rounded up during the war. The players, now octogenarians, are among the more than 120,000 Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans who were forced ...

Jun 17, 2014

NPB aims to use Asia Series to showcase baseball to IOC

Nippon Professional Baseball secretary general Atsushi Ihara said Tuesday that this year’s Asia Series is a chance to show off baseball’s potential for the International Olympic Committee. Ihara revealed that the tournament pitting Asia’s national champions, will take place in Taiwan in November, just ...

May 21, 2014

LDP's new plan to beat deflation: more baseball

Can more baseball save Japan — or at least “Abenomics”? A set of recommendations to lift economic growth being studied by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party calls for increasing the number of pro baseball teams to 16 from 12. “Prosperous baseball teams could strengthen ...

Apr 29, 2014

NPB delivers new shipment of baseballs

Nippon Professional Baseball switched to a uniform baseball in line with Japanese pro baseball specifications Tuesday following a controversy over baseballs that had been livelier than the permissible limit. NPB officials were on hand at the six ballparks in the Central and Pacific leagues ...