Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

Aug 2, 2016

Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

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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 ...

Rehabbing Yanagita bashes two mammoth homers

Mar 4, 2016

Rehabbing Yanagita bashes two mammoth homers

Yuki Yanagita, who is recovering from offseason elbow surgery, hit two monster home runs for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Friday’s preseason 3-3 tie against the Hanshin Tigers. “I was able to make some good swings. I guess it was good because I got ...

Japan's home run king Sadaharu Oh gets his own asteroid

Feb 27, 2016

Japan's home run king Sadaharu Oh gets his own asteroid

An asteroid in an orbit between Mars and Jupiter has been named after Sadaharu Oh, the all-time home run king in professional Japanese baseball. The Paris-based International Astronomical Union approved the application Friday for naming the asteroid “Ohsadaharu.” One of those who helped file ...

Jan 15, 2016

Japan honors Hank Aaron with Order of the Rising Sun

Japan has honored former home-run king Hank Aaron with one of its highest awards on Thursday, saying he is a symbol of its close relationship with the United States and their shared love of baseball. The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with ...

Oh's career about more than records

Sep 1, 2015

Oh's career about more than records

With his prolific home run output rewriting the record books, Sadaharu Oh inspired a nation enjoying rapid economic expansion and subsequent stable growth in the 1960s and 1970s. The national commotion in Japan over his home runs peaked on Sept. 3, 1977, when Oh ...

Ichiro breaks Oh's mark in victory

Apr 26, 2015

Ichiro breaks Oh's mark in victory

Ichiro Suzuki broke Japanese career-leader Sadaharu Oh’s all-time runs mark during the Miami Marlins’ 8-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Ichiro singled to right with two outs in the eighth inning off right-hander Rafael Martin and went on to score on Adeiny ...

Longtime pitching star Kudo named new Hawks manager

Nov 1, 2014

Longtime pitching star Kudo named new Hawks manager

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks unveiled new manager Kimiyasu Kudo Saturday after signing the former pitcher to a three-year contract. Kudo, 51, promised to do his utmost to continue leading the team at the same high level after the Pacific League champions won their sixth ...