Stephen Ellsesser

For Stephen Ellsesser's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Goals remain the same, but Hammies have changed

Sports | SPORTS SCOPE Feb 19, 2007

Goals remain the same, but Hammies have changed

Success hasn't changed Trey Hillman, or his Japan Series championship team. The offseason took care of the latter well enough. Hillman and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters won the Japan Series last season, but doing the same this year could be a little more difficult. Center fielder ...

Baseball / MLB Feb 2, 2007

Cashman, Levine take show from China to Japan

The New York Yankees were global even before Kei Igawa, Wang Chien-ming and Hideki Matsui donned the pinstripes, but diversifying the roster is only the beginning for the well-known club. After visiting China to further spread the Yankees brand and baseball at large, officials from ...

More Sports Jan 31, 2007

Hillman accepts FSAJ Sportsman of Year Award

It's a little early in the year to be receiving hardware, but Trey Hillman's cup overflowed in 2006. Trey Hillman, manager of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, poses with his Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan 2006 Foreign Sportsman of the Year trophy on Monday night in ...

More Sports / Football Nov 20, 2006

No. 1 Buckeyes hold off No. 2 Wolverines

One more time, Troy Smith was a Wolverine killer. And one more time, the Ohio State Buckeyes are playing for a national championship. No. 1 Ohio State outlasted No. 2 Michigan in the "Game of the Century" a slugfest between college football's biggest rivals that lived ...

Sports | E-LIST Nov 14, 2006

La New 'Bears' it all as yakyu season ends

Online Nichibei Yakyu and even the Konami Cup Asia Series are in the books, and now, the E-List is heading into that baseball-less period we lovers of cowhide and horsehide alike prefer to think of as hibernation. Bears have the right idea, especially those indigenous ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 12, 2006

Hammies victorious again

Facing the China Stars on Saturday, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters charged into Sunday's championship game with their perfect Konami Cup Asia Series record intact. Fighters right-handed starting pitcher Satoru Kanemura delivers a pitch in Saturday's game against the China Stars at Tokyo Dome. Kanemura ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 11, 2006

Inada, Fighters rally in 8th

The little things can kill you. Hokkaido Nippon Ham star Michihiro Ogasawara exchanges high-fives with his teammates in front of the dugout after hitting a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to put the Fighters ahead 2-1 in the top of the eighth inning against Taiwan's La New Bears at Tokyo ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 10, 2006

Fighters off to flyer in Asia Series

Two times were enough for Atsunori Inaba and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Hokkaido Nippon Ham outfielder Atsunori Inaba singles home a go-ahead run in the sixth inning of Thursday's Asia Series game against South Korea's Samsung Lions at Tokyo Dome. The Fighters won 7-1. ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 9, 2006

Reyes leads MLB to sweep

FUKUOKA -- Jose Reyes rolled into Japan a week ago unable to speak a word of Japanese. Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima hits a run-scoring single in the fifth inning of Game 5 of Japan-MLB series on Wednesday at Yahoo Dome. MLB won 5-3 and ...