Feb 4, 2016

Mariners acquire ex-Hawks star Lee

The Seattle Mariners signed former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks first baseman Lee Dae-ho to a one-year minor league deal on Wednesday. The South Korean batted .282 with 31 home runs and 98 RBIs in 141 games for the Hawks last year. He was the MVP ...

Dec 24, 2015

Matsuda returning to Hawks

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks third baseman Nobuhiro Matsuda will return to the Pacific League powerhouse instead of moving to the major leagues as a free agent, he said Thursday. “From my two choices, I chose to stay with the Hawks,” the 32-year-old told a news ...

Defense seen as Matsuda's strong suit in MLB circles

Dec 10, 2015

Defense seen as Matsuda's strong suit in MLB circles


Nobuhiro Matsuda’s pursuit of a big league career could hinge on whether his fielding prowess outweighs his offensive question mark. Matsuda, a four-time Golden Glove winner for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks is hoping to move to the majors this winter as a third baseman, ...

Nov 19, 2015

Hawks manager Kudo receives Shoriki Award

Kimiyasu Kudo, who steered the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks to their second straight Japan Series title in his first year as manager, was named the winner of the Matsutaro Shoriki Award on Thursday. Kudo, 52, won the award by a unanimous vote and becomes only ...

Nov 14, 2015

Hawks give lefty pitcher Wada a three-year contract

Former Chicago Cubs southpaw Tsuyoshi Wada has returned to his professional roots, rejoining the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on a three-year deal estimated at ¥1.2 billion, not including incentives. Wada left the Hawks as a free agent after the 2011 season, when he went 16-5 ...

Nov 14, 2015

Hawks' Yanagita has elbow surgery

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks center fielder Yuki Yanagita will be out for two to three months after right elbow surgery, the Japan Series champions announced Friday. Yanagita had loose material in his right elbow removed but will be ready for the start of the new ...

Softbank's Matsuda aiming for MLB move

Nov 9, 2015

Softbank's Matsuda aiming for MLB move

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks infielder Nobuhiro Matsuda will exercise his right to file for international free agency and admitted on Monday that he wants to try his luck in the major leagues. Matsuda, who is currently on Japan national team duty for the inaugural Premier ...

Nov 6, 2015

Hawks to open season in Sendai

The two-time defending Pacific League and Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will open their 2016 season on the road in Sendai on March 25 against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the league said Friday. The Eagles, who finished last the past two seasons, ...

Nov 3, 2015

Hawks close to acquiring Wada

The Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks are near to signing former ace Tsuyoshi Wada on what appears to be a multiyear deal. “We’re in the final stages and it’s going well,” a team executive said Tuesday. “He can be a role model for ...