May 19, 2017

MLB wants to change posting system

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday he would like revisions made to the posting system agreement for Japanese players that the league has with Nippon Professional Baseball by this offseason. Under the current posting system which has been in place since 2013, ...

/ Apr 10, 2017

Deactivated Otani catches flu

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters star Shohei Otani, who is currently on the disabled list, has been diagnosed with type B influenza, the Pacific League club announced Monday. The 22-year-old PL MVP had been playing with a right ankle injury he suffered during the Japan ...

Otani out four weeks with hamstring strain

/ Apr 8, 2017

Otani out four weeks with hamstring strain

Shohei Otani, the 2016 Pacific League MVP, will be sidelined for about four weeks after suffering a muscle strain in his left thigh on Saturday. The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters designated hitter and ace pitcher was trying to beat out an infield single in ...

/ Apr 8, 2017

Otani interview to air on '60 Minutes'

A feature on Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters pitcher Shohei Otani will be aired in the United States on Sunday evening, CBS News said Friday on its website. Otani, whose abilities to pitch and hit prompted reporters group that votes on postseason awards in Japan ...

Senga impresses in WBC debut

Mar 9, 2017

Senga impresses in WBC debut

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Just when Australia thought it was safe to get back in the batter’s box, with Japan ace Tomoyuki Sugano on the bench and out of pitches, it ran into the buzz saw that is Kodai Senga. It didn’t take long for Senga to display ...

Versatile Meng does it all for China

Mar 7, 2017

Versatile Meng does it all for China

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Meng Weiqiang may patrol left field at some point for China during the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He’s also going to pitch and might even strap on a catcher’s mask. There’s a chance he’ll do at least two of those things, maybe even all ...