Tag - baseball



Tokyo police have arrested a 27-year-old woman for posting online personal information of a professional baseball player along with violent messages.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 10, 2024
Ex-Nippon Life staffer arrested over leak of Giants player's information
The suspect, Satomi Amano, has denied the charges, claiming she doesn't remember her actions due to having made “so many posts.”
Members of Onomichi High School's baseball team (back) have longer hair than members of teams that stick to traditional buzz cuts.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Jul 1, 2024
High school baseball gets a makeover as buzz cut rules are no more
What was once seen as a symbol of fighting spirit is getting a rethink as coaches try to be mindful of students' mental states and preferences.
Textbook publisher Kyoiku-Shuppan switched a section about Ippei Mizuhara (left) in its English textbook to a story about Japanese men's national soccer team.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 21, 2024
Section on Ohtani's ex-interpreter removed from Japanese textbook
The section has been replaced with a section on the Japanese men's national soccer team.
Negro Leagues uniforms are displayed at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
May 30, 2024
Negro Leagues stats added to MLB record book in landmark move
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick hailed the move as a "major milestone in baseball history."
Josh Rawitch, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, holds a baseball thrown by former Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo during a no-hitter in 1996 while seated next to a Dodgers uniform used by Shohei Ohtani this season during a news conference at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Tokyo
Apr 19, 2024
Baseball Hall of Fame to highlight history of Japan-U.S. ties in new exhibition
The exhibition, "Yakyu/Baseball: The Transpacific Exchange of the Game between Japan and the United States," is slated to open in July 2025.
Shohei Ohtani's response, or lack thereof, to the gambling scandal sheds light on the cultural differences in crisis management between Japan and the West.
Apr 2, 2024
Ohtani swings and misses at PR, but he’s not Japan’s first
Shohei Ohtani's response, or lack thereof, to a gambling scandal sheds light on the cultural differences in crisis management between Japan and the West.
A giant mural of baseball star Shohei Ohtani appears on the side of a hotel in downtown Los Angeles in March. ANA Holdings said it has reached a multi-year deal to be the official Japanese airline for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 2, 2024
ANA to be official Japanese airline of Ohtani's LA Dodgers
The carrier will also collaborate with the Dodgers in celebrating Japanese culture at heritage nights events.
Baseball player Shohei Ohtani poses with his Japanese interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara (right), and his agent, Nez Balelo, during a news conference after signing a 10-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers last year.
Mar 22, 2024
Shohei Ohtani scandal raises the stakes on sports betting
The speed at which U.S. sports leagues have embraced betting put the Japanese star's fastball to shame.
Mamiko Tanaka (right), wife of Los Angeles Dodgers Shohei Ohtani, arrives at Incheon International Airport on Friday ahead of the 2024 MLB Seoul Series baseball games.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 18, 2024
A mystery no more: What we know about Ohtani’s wife
No one in the sports world is receiving as much attention right now as baseball superstar Shohei Ohtani — that is, besides his wife, Mamiko Tanaka.
Czech Republic's Ondrej Satoria pitches against Japan during the World Baseball Classic at Tokyo Dome on March 11.
Mar 14, 2024
Ondrej Satoria reflects on electric WBC showdown against Shohei Ohtani
Satoria, an electrician by day, struck out the Japanese superstar during the World Baseball Classic.
Riyadh is one of three Saudi Arabia cities that is set to host new Baseball United franchises, marking the first time professional baseball will be brought to the country.
Mar 6, 2024
Baseball United to bring professional baseball to Saudi Arabia
The deal marks the first time professional baseball will be brought to Saudi Arabia.
Shohei Ohtani's announcement not only broke hearts but also broke the internet, with terms related to his marriage dominating the trending terms on social media.
JAPAN / Society / First person
Mar 1, 2024
Ohtani is taken. It’s enough to make you cry.
It’s official, and it's over: Shohei Ohtani has left the future husband market and, in the blink of an eye, leveled a field of fairy-tale dreams.
Alex “Rami-chan” Ramirez
COMMUNITY / Our Lives / The Big Questions
Mar 1, 2024
Baseball star Alex Ramirez’s NPO helps special kids
Founder of Vamos Together, Venezuelan Alex Ramirez played for Yakult Swallows and Yomiuri Giants, then became manager of the Yokohama DeNa BayStars
Driveline Pacific Rim director Frank Minamino (second from right) poses with Lions pitcher Kaito Yoza (left) Hawks pitcher Shuta Ishikawa (second from left) and the Lions' Kona Takahashi.
Feb 2, 2024
NPB pitchers embracing Driveline Baseball method
NPB players are working with Driveline Baseball in greater numbers.
Ichiro Suzuki will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2025.
Jan 25, 2024
Focus shifts to Ichiro's chances of unanimous selection to Hall of Fame
Ichiro will be on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2025.
Former Rangers star Adrian Beltre throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a World Series game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 28.
Jan 24, 2024
Adrian Beltre, Joe Mauer and Todd Helton named to Baseball Hall of Fame
Beltre, Mauer and Helton will be inducted along with former manager Jim Leyland in a ceremony scheduled for July 21 in Cooperstown.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers a pitch during the 2009 MLB playoffs.
Jan 19, 2024
Dodgers praise Kuroda for Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame induction
Kuroda won a total of 203 games in a career split between Japan and the major leagues from 1997 and 2016.
Motonobu Tanishige (left) and Hiroki Kuroda after being elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jan 18, 2024
Former pitcher Hiroki Kuroda elected to Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame
Kuroda was voted into the Hall of Fame alongside former catcher Motonobu Tanishige and former umpire Tomoichi Tanimura.
Shohei Ohtani has been appointed baseball game ambassador by Konami Group’s content unit.
Jan 16, 2024
Konami hires Shohei Ohtani to champion Power Pros in 30th year
Ohtani's appointment to baseball game ambassador also marks the 20th anniversary of spinoff Professional Baseball Spirits.
Designated hitter and closer Shohei Ohtani (center) and catcher Yuhei Nakamura are mobbed by their Samurai Japan teammates after Ohtani struck out American slugger Mike Trout to clinch Japan’s third World Baseball Classic and first since 2009, at LoanDepot Park in Miami on March 21.
Dec 26, 2023
Images of 2023: Sports
For some, 2023 was a year of sweet victory, after many years of not making it to the summit. For Shohei Ohtani, it was yet another year of brilliance.


Akiko Trush says her experience with the neurological disorder dystonia left her feeling like she wanted to chop her own hand off.
The neurological disorder that 'kills culture'