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Jason Coskrey
Jason Coskrey is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His primary focus is Japanese baseball, but he has also covered soccer, American football, boxing and basketball. He previously worked for the Marietta Daily Journal in Marietta, Ga. A native of Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
For Jason Coskrey's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 30, 2023
Eagles spoil Fighters' first game in new home on opening night of NPB season
The Eagles' Maikel Franco hit a home run and finished with three hits in his NPB debut.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB Preview
Mar 30, 2023
Central League rivals hoping to prevent Swallows three-peat in 2023
Hanshin’s pitching staff has turned run prevention into an art. If the hurlers get more help from the batters, Hanshin can win the pennant.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 29, 2023
Hawks load up to chase Buffaloes for 2023 Pacific League pennant
Orix retained most of the squad that helped it defend its PL title, but the Kyocera Dome residents will have to fend off plenty of challenges.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 24, 2023
Trevor Bauer arrives in Yokohama with goal of winning championship with BayStars
Bauer has expressed an interest in Japan in the past, including during a visit to the country in 2019 when he toured the BayStars' facility.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 22, 2023
For Japan, the WBC isn't just meaningful — it's everything
There has been some conversation about whether or not the World Baseball Classic is a meaningful exercise in the wake of serious injuries to MLB stars Edwin Diaz and Jose Altuve.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Mar 19, 2023
True test arrives for Samurai Japan in the form of resilient Mexico
Samurai Japan and its collection of MLB and NPB stars will be favored against Mexico in their WBC semifinal, but the team will have to rise to meet its toughest challenge yet.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 16, 2023
Japan blows out Italy to advance to World Baseball Classic semifinals
Japan has reached the WBC semifinals for the fifth straight time.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 16, 2023
Cuba gets past Australia to reach World Baseball Classic semifinals
The Cubans are on a three-game winning streak after starting 0-2 in the WBC.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 15, 2023
Samurai Japan aims to leave Tokyo Dome with one last WBC victory
A win against the Mike Piazza-managed Italians would leave Shohei Ohtani and company two games away from reclaiming the trophy Japan last lifted in 2009.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 15, 2023
Lars Nootbaar grinding way to Samurai Japan stardom at WBC
The 25-year-old American has been welcomed by his new teammates with open arms, and he's responded by putting on a show at Tokyo Dome both at the plate and in the outfield.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 15, 2023
Australia skipper Dave Nilsson would welcome chance to manage in NPB
Baseball continues to bring the former Dragon back to Japan, and each trip has only reinforced the idea that the challenge of leading an NPB team is one he would gladly take on.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 14, 2023
Australia has 'no fear' ahead of WBC quarterfinal against Cuba
The Oceania upstarts, playing in the knockout tournament for the first time, could book their ticket to the semifinals in Miami with a win on Wednesday at Tokyo Dome.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 14, 2023
Japanese fans earn share of spotlight at World Baseball Classic
Crowds in attendance at Tokyo Dome's Pool B have been praised both for their enthusiasm and their attitude.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 14, 2023
Czech pitcher who struck out Shohei Ohtani cherishes memories and souvenirs
The 26-year-old got the Samurai Japan star to ground out in the first inning and struck him out in the third — probably becoming the world's most famous electrician in the process.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 14, 2023
Former Dodger Trevor Bauer inks lucrative one-year deal with BayStars
The 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner has not played since he was placed on administrative leave in June 2021 — then eventually suspended — over allegations of sexual assault.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 13, 2023
Australia extends best-ever WBC run with win over Czech Republic
Victory leads to quarterfinal fixture against Cuba
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 12, 2023
Shohei Ohtani homers to power Samurai Japan to victory over Australia
Shohei Ohtani connected on his first home run of the WBC and Yoshinobu Yamamoto struck out eight batters to help Japan finish the first round 4-0.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 12, 2023
Samurai Japan books spot in World Baseball Classic quarterfinals
Japan defeated Pool B rivals China, South Korea and the Czech Republic in its first three games.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 12, 2023
Czech players revel in WBC experience after facing Shohei Ohtani and Samurai Japan
A 10-2 defeat at Tokyo Dome didn't dampen the enthusiasm of a team that is quickly becoming known as the Cinderella story of the ongoing World Baseball Classic.
Japan Times
BASEBALL
Mar 12, 2023
Japan cruises past Czech Republic for third straight win at World Baseball Classic
Roki Sasaki struck out eight and Masataka Yoshida had another big day.

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