Stephen Ellsesser

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

/ Oct 7, 2006

Hillman: Media reports are false

Trey Hillman just wants to worry about baseball. Media reports coming out of the United States have linked the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters skipper with Hillman's hometown Texas Rangers, who fired manager Buck Showalter this week, and all of a sudden, Hillman was under the ...

| Oct 7, 2006

PL playoffs offer many questions

This time last year, a heck of a brew was being whipped up east of Tokyo. It had already given the Chiba Lotte Marines Japan's first interleague championship, and although it left them one down from perennial Pacific League stalwart Softbank in the regular-season standings, ...

/ Sep 30, 2006

Buffaloes linked with move for Collins

Katsuhiro Nakamura is no longer in the Orix Buffaloes' plans, and the franchise's third manager in its three-year existence is likely to be a foreigner, according to reports in the Japanese media. Makoto Imaoka of the Hanshin Tigers (7) hits a two-run bases-loaded double ...

/ Sep 28, 2006

Lions win feels like a defeat

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. -- Extra innings, and all for nothing. Chiba Lotte Marines baserunner Tsuyoshi Nishioka slides home safely on a sacrifice fly by Kazuya Fukuura while Seibu Lions catcher Koji Tahara attempts to make the tag in the seventh inning on Wednesday at Invoice Seibu ...

Cabrera powers Lions in crucial victory

/ Sep 20, 2006

Cabrera powers Lions in crucial victory

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. -- A day after Julio Zuleta took over Invoice Seibu Dome, Lions first baseman Alex Cabrera wasn't going to be shown up again. Lions infielder Alex Cabrera smacks a two-run homer in the third inning in Tuesday's game against Fukuoka Softbank at ...

/ Sep 19, 2006

Zuleta slugs 3 homers in win

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. -- Ichi, ni, san.... Julio Zuleta has known how to count in Japanese for a few years. Julio Zuleta of the Softbank Hawks points to the sky after hitting his third home run of the day on Monday against the Seibu Lions ...

/ Sep 16, 2006

Aoki, Swallows give Romano tough time

It took getting ahead for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to get even. Norichika Aoki of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows belts a grand slam during the fourth inning of Friday's game off Hiroshima Carp starter Mike Romano at Jingu Stadium. KYODO PHOTO Norichika Aoki hit ...