Jan 8, 2014

Infielder Nioka ready to hang up spikes: source

Slugging infielder Tomohiro Nioka, the MVP of the 2002 Japan Series for the Yomiuri Giants, is set to retire, a Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters source said Wednesday. Nioka, the Giants’ No. 2 pick in the 1998 draft, was traded to Nippon Ham following the ...

Dec 10, 2013

Outfielder Tani to play for Buffaloes

Veteran outfielder Yoshitomo Tani, who has been released by the Yomiuri Giants, will join the Orix Buffaloes in 2014, the Pacific League club said Tuesday. The 40-year-old Tani makes his way back to his former club after a seven-year stint with Japan’s most storied ...

Giants unveil master base stealer Kataoka

Dec 9, 2013

Giants unveil master base stealer Kataoka

Yasuyuki Kataoka, who has joined the Yomiuri Giants in a free-agent deal from the Seibu Lions, said Monday he hopes to steal enough bases to put the two-time defending Central League champions in contention for a Japan Series champion in 2014. “If I can ...

Giants now banking on Kataoka to shore up second base

Dec 2, 2013

Giants now banking on Kataoka to shore up second base

by Jason Coskrey

The Yomiuri Giants have, at long last, finally found their second baseman. Again. This time it’s Yasuyuki Kataoka, the former Seibu Lions infielder who on Sunday announced his intention to join the two-time defending Central League champions. Kataoka will become the next in a ...

Nov 26, 2013

Veteran infielder Ibata joins Giants

Former Chunichi Dragons infielder Hirokazu Ibata has agreed to play for the Yomiuri Giants next season, the team said Tuesday. The 38-year-old Ibata, who shone for Japan during the World Baseball Classic in March, had been cut loose by the Dragons after refusing to ...