/ Jan 19, 2017

Kawasaki vows to play for Cubs this season

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki posted on his official blog Thursday that he will play with the Chicago Cubs again this season. “I will play with all my heart and really want to enjoy baseball again,” said Kawasaki, who is expected to be on a minor ...

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

/ Dec 31, 2016

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs


Getting a job in American pro baseball is an uphill battle, even more so for foreigners. But Naoto Masamoto is proof that the American dream is not an impossible one. Masamoto, the video coordinator for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, spoke little English ...

The top sports stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top sports stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these sports stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Going for gold: Japanese athletes brought home 12 gold medals, and 41 overall, from the Rio Olympics. The victories included a historic triumph by wrestler Kaori Icho, who became ...

/ Dec 9, 2016

Cubs hammer out deal with free-agent pitcher Uehara: reports

Boston Red Sox free agent Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Chicago Cubs, according to U.S. media reports on Thursday. According to reports by media including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, CBS Sports and Boston Herald, Uehara and the National League ...

/ Nov 23, 2016

BayStars acquire pitcher Patton from Cubs

Right-hander Spencer Patton has signed with the Yokohama BayStars, the Central League club announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old Patton has pitched in 52 big league games over the past three seasons, including 16 this year for the Chicago Cubs. The reliever has a 3-2 record ...

Ireland ends 111-year drought against New Zealand

/ Nov 6, 2016

Ireland ends 111-year drought against New Zealand

Ireland stunned New Zealand 40-29 on Saturday to claim a historic first-ever win over the All Blacks and end the world champions’ record 18-match winning streak. In a breathtaking upset, Ireland outscored New Zealand five tries to four to seal its first win over ...