Shohei Ohtani's new contract takes effect  with Angels

Baseball / MLB Dec 15, 2017

Shohei Ohtani's new contract takes effect with Angels

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Friday that they have been notified by Major League Baseball that Shohei Ohtani's contract with the Los Angeles Angels has officially taken effect. The Fighters, where Ohtani spent the first five years of his professional career, posted the 23-year-old ...

MLB players for 2020 Games unlikely

Baseball Mar 7, 2017

MLB players for 2020 Games unlikely

by Jason Coskrey

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the league remains committed to the World Baseball Classic, and later watched Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki compete for Samurai Japan. He sounded less optimistic about the chance MLB will send any of its stars back to Tokyo ...

MLB confirms probe in Darvish gambling case

Baseball / MLB Jan 19, 2016

MLB confirms probe in Darvish gambling case

by Jack Gallagher

Texas Rangers star pitcher Yu Darvish is being investigated by Major League Baseball in the wake of his brother Sho being charged last year with running an illegal gambling ring that allegedly took bets on both MLB and NPB games, The Japan Times has ...

Baseball / MLB Jun 11, 2014

MLB All-Star squad to face Samurai Japan in November

Major League Baseball will organize an All-Star team and visit Japan this fall to play Samurai Japan, Nippon Professional Baseball announced on Tuesday. According to a press release, the MLB All-Stars are scheduled to play six games — five contests and an exhibition game — ...