Jan 11, 2017

Fighters acquire lefty Escobar

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have acquired lefty Edwin Escobar on a one-year deal, the Pacific League ballclub said Wednesday. The 24-year-old Venezuelan, who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, pitching in 25 games including two starts, has signed for an estimated ¥90 ...

Dec 14, 2016

Free agent Yoh to join Yomiuri

Free agent outfielder Daikan Yoh will join the Yomiuri Giants, the Central League ballclub’s general manager Tatsuyoshi Tsutsumi said Wednesday. Yoh is the third free agent to sign with the Giants this winter — the first time at least three players joined a single ...

Fighters' Laird in line to play for Mexico during WBC

Dec 7, 2016

Fighters' Laird in line to play for Mexico during WBC

Pacific League home run king Brandon Laird has agreed to play in the upcoming World Baseball Classic for Mexico, where the American infielder has an ancestral link, the Mexican team’s skipper confirmed Tuesday. Laird, this year’s Japan Series MVP for the PL champion Hokkaido ...

MLB's rule change would affect Otani

Dec 7, 2016

MLB's rule change would affect Otani

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Major League Baseball prohibited its teams from paying market value for Japanese superstar Shohei Otani on Tuesday, according to a report in the U.S. media. If the report is true, MLB’s decision could encourage young Japanese stars to sign with big league clubs straight ...

Tanaka advises Otani to make fast move to majors

Dec 6, 2016

Tanaka advises Otani to make fast move to majors

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka urged Japanese baseball’s two-way phenom Shohei Otani to head to the majors as soon as possible if he wants to land the best deal he can. “If you have what it takes, I think the younger you are ...

Otani eyes MLB move after next season

Dec 5, 2016

Otani eyes MLB move after next season

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani said Monday he has told club officials of his desire to try his luck in the major leagues from 2018. The 22-year-old, who re-signed with the Fighters in a deal worth ¥270 million ($2.37 million) for the ...

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

Nov 29, 2016

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

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Shohei Otani’s historic season of rewriting the record books and challenging conventional baseball wisdom reached its logical conclusion on Monday night. In a result that came as a surprise to no one, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ two-way star was crowned Pacific League MVP, ...

Nov 26, 2016

Otani aims to be world's fastest pitcher

A day after being named both the best pitcher and the best designated hitter in the Pacific League, Shohei Otani said Saturday he’d also like to throw the world’s fastest pitch. In an event inHokkaido, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters star said throwing 169 ...