Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

Aug 2, 2016

Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC


Samurai Japan’s quest to reclaim the World Baseball Classic title will begin in the nation’s capital. Tokyo was announced as a host for both rounds of the Asian region of the 2017 World Baseball Classic during a news conference at the NPB Commissioner’s office ...

NPB bans pitcher Takagi one year for gambling

Mar 22, 2016

NPB bans pitcher Takagi one year for gambling

Yomiuri Giants pitcher Kyosuke Takagi has been banned for one year for his involvement in gambling on baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Tuesday. NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki handed down the decision to the 26-year-old reliever following a meeting of the investigation panel. The Giants, ...

Apr 3, 2015

Kumazaki calls Gourriel row an 'individual contract problem'

Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki suggested on Friday that the nullification of infielder Yulieski Gourriel’s contract with the Yokohama BayStars is not likely to influence the future signings of Cuban baseball players in Japan. “I think of this as an individual contract problem,” ...

Jan 6, 2014

New NPB commissioner Kumazaki takes reins

Nippon Professional Baseball turned a page on Monday, when new commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki had his first official day at the office. Kumazaki spoke about reforming a system that allowed subordinates to make significant changes to NPB’s official ball a year ago and cover it ...

Posting period for Tanaka starts

Dec 27, 2013

Posting period for Tanaka starts

The bidding for star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has begun. All 30 major league teams have been notified that the 30-day period to sign the 25-year-old right-hander began on Thursday, according to Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan. Clubs have until Jan. 24 to attempt ...

Dec 26, 2013

Kumazaki named NPB commissioner

Former prosecutor Katsuhiko Kumazaki was confirmed as Nippon Professional Baseball’s next commissioner on Thursday at an extraordinary owners meeting. “I get the feeling this is going to be a sobering experience, what with all the heaps of issues we have at the moment,” the ...