Dec 18, 2014

NPB teams keep eye on shift in U.S.-Cuba relations

For one year, at least, Nippon Professional Baseball has been the prime destination for Cuban ballplayers wishing to play overseas legally, but those days may be numbered. Following Thursday’s sudden policy shift by the United States toward normalizing relations with Cuba, the possibility looms ...

Nov 7, 2014

Pacific League releases 2015 schedule

The Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will open their 2015 season at home on March 27, according to the Pacific League, which announced the dates and venues for next season on Friday. With both leagues opening on the same day, the Hawks will ...

Nov 6, 2014

Central League releases 2015 schedule

The Central League announced the dates and venues for its 2015 season on Thursday as teams in both leagues shift from a 144-game season to 143. In opening matchups determined by the order of finish from the 2013 season, the three-time defending champion Yomiuri ...

Jun 17, 2014

NPB aims to use Asia Series to showcase baseball to IOC

Nippon Professional Baseball secretary general Atsushi Ihara said Tuesday that this year’s Asia Series is a chance to show off baseball’s potential for the International Olympic Committee. Ihara revealed that the tournament pitting Asia’s national champions, will take place in Taiwan in November, just ...

Jun 11, 2014

MLB All-Star squad to face Samurai Japan in November

Major League Baseball will organize an All-Star team and visit Japan this fall to play Samurai Japan, Nippon Professional Baseball announced on Tuesday. According to a press release, the MLB All-Stars are scheduled to play six games — five contests and an exhibition game ...

Apr 29, 2014

NPB delivers new shipment of baseballs

Nippon Professional Baseball switched to a uniform baseball in line with Japanese pro baseball specifications Tuesday following a controversy over baseballs that had been livelier than the permissible limit. NPB officials were on hand at the six ballparks in the Central and Pacific leagues ...

Apr 15, 2014

Mizuno issues apology over NPB ball fiasco

Mizuno Corp. President Akito Mizuno apologized on Tuesday following revelations that baseballs his company had supplied to Nippon Professional Baseball this season were livelier than the permissible limit. “Due to our own clumsiness, we have caused a lot of trouble for everyone. I want ...