| Nov 2, 2006

WBC, Nichibei on collision course?


Cannibalism, baby. It's all the rage in baseball this year. The Japanese players union wants to say sayonara to Nichibei Yakyu, preferring to have its fill of the international baseball season every few years in the World Baseball Classic. If they get their way, Bud Selig's ...

| Oct 21, 2006

Future is now for feel-good Fighters


NAGOYA -- In hindsight, bringing baseball to Hokkaido seems as much a no-brainer as bringing Trey Hillman in to manage the Nippon Ham Fighters. Hillman has the Fighters just four games from Japan Series glory, and the fans in Sapporo have club officials patting themselves ...

| Oct 11, 2006

Oh inspired Hawks despite absence


TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. -- Here is a look back at the first-stage Pacific League playoffs, in which the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 2-1. In a sentence: The Hawks combined persistent offense and excellent pitching to purge their PL postseason demons. The straw that ...