Jan 9, 2014

Tanaka heads to U.S. to meet with MLB clubs

Japanese ace right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who will aim to move to the major leagues through the new posting system, has already left for the United States to hold talks with big league clubs, informed sources told Kyodo News on Thursday. Tanaka, 25, is scheduled ...

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 ...

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

Dec 25, 2013

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

by Jason Coskrey

Major League Baseball fans and executives finally found what they were looking for under the Christmas tree. The news that Masahiro Tanaka is headed west. Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana met with the ace pitcher Wednesday morning and the team agreed to ...

MLB, NPB reach basic agreement on posting system

Dec 5, 2013

MLB, NPB reach basic agreement on posting system

Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball have reached a basic agreement on a new posting system, sources said Thursday. It is thought that an agreement has been reached after MLB requested a posting fee cap of $20 million. The move will be formalized ...

Tanaka, Balentien earn MVP honors

Nov 26, 2013

Tanaka, Balentien earn MVP honors

by Jason Coskrey

Masahiro Tanaka pitched his way into the record books. Wladimir Balentien slugged his way there. The history-making pair crossed paths only once this year — Tanaka got Balentien to fly out in the first inning of Game 1 of the All-Star Series — but ...

Eagles ace Tanaka recognized by Guinness World Records

Nov 23, 2013

Eagles ace Tanaka recognized by Guinness World Records

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Masahiro Tanaka received a certificate of recognition Saturday by Guinness World Records for his record-breaking season. The 25-year-old Tanaka went 24-0 this season and, coupled with his 28-game winning streak that began on Aug. 26, 2012, plus two wins ...