Stephen Ellsesser

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

/ Sep 6, 2006

MLB-NPB series set for November

To win the World Baseball Classic, Team Japan had to cross the Pacific Ocean and play in major league parks. Now the major leaguers are going to return the favor. The postseason AEON All-Star Series, pitting MLB talent against a team of Nippon Professional ...

/ Sep 6, 2006

MLB-NPB series set for November start

Major League Baseball has a black eye of sorts, and Ryan Howard is going to make it all better. The Philadelphia Phillies first baseman, leading the majors with 53 home runs, was one of eight players confirmed to play in the MLB-NPB All-Star Series, ...

Valentine critical of All-Star Series

/ Sep 6, 2006

Valentine critical of All-Star Series

CHIBA -- It was no accident that the announcement of the MLB-NPB All-Star Series came later in the year than it ever has. Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine agrees with the Japanese players' union that the MLB-NPB All-Star Series has outlived its relevance. ...

Airs and grimaces

| Aug 20, 2006

Airs and grimaces

You don't even need a guitar to let your hot licks hang out anymore. Duckwalk like Angus (Young; AC/DC), windmill like (Pete; The Who) Townshend and bow like (Jimmy; Led Zeppelin) Page -- no prob; all with air, but not like (Michael; Nike Air) ...

/ Jul 24, 2006

Fujimoto leads CL to sweep

MIYAZAKI -- There's power in the bottom of the lineup, especially in an All-Star game. Atsushi Fujimoto of the Hanshin Tigers hits a two-run single off Takahiro Mahara to break a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning on Sunday at Miyazaki's Sun Marine Stadium ...

/ Jul 22, 2006

Central League captures opener

Kyuji Fujikawa couldn't even get a save for his birthday. Hanshin's Fujikawa struck out two on his 26th birthday, setting up BayStars flamethrower Marc Kroon to get the save as the Central League beat the Pacific League 3-1 in the first game of the Sanyo ...

/ Jun 27, 2006

Zico's farewell anything but a party

Zico wanted to say goodbye. Japan Coach Zico, accompanied by JFA President Saburo Kawabuchi, formally announces his resignation on Monday during a news conference at Tokyo's JFA House. Sometimes parting remarks are the hardest to make, and in such times, stating the blatantly obvious is a ...