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For Jim Allen's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tomoyuki Sugano still has sights set on majors

/ May 20, 2018

Tomoyuki Sugano still has sights set on majors

Tomoyuki Sugano may be the best pitcher in the world who isn't in the major leagues, but the 28-year-old Yomiuri Giants star intends to rectify that situation. Last season's winner of the Eiji Sawamura Award as Japan's most impressive starting pitcher, the soft-spoken right-hander has ...

Kenta Maeda ready for fresh start with Dodgers

/ Mar 25, 2018

Kenta Maeda ready for fresh start with Dodgers

This spring has been a homecoming for pitcher Kenta Maeda, who will be back in the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation after spending time as a reliever last autumn. After a couple of limited stints in the bullpen during the season, Maeda was an effective short ...

Player's perspective lured Shohei Ohtani to Angels, says GM

/ Dec 13, 2017

Player's perspective lured Shohei Ohtani to Angels, says GM

Four days after landing the prize of the offseason, the Los Angeles Angels' general manager said Tuesday that his club found "connectivity" with slugging pitcher Shohei Ohtani through a player-oriented approach. "Interestingly enough, our (recruitment) process was our talking about our process, and giving him ...