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Former NPB hit record-holder Matt Murton to retire

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jan 13, 2018

Former NPB hit record-holder Matt Murton to retire

Matt Murton, who set Nippon Professional Baseball's single-season hit record in his 2010 debut season with the Hanshin Tigers, has decided to retire, an informed source said Saturday. The 36-year-old Murton came to Japan as a 28-year-old and played six seasons for the Central League's ...

Baseball / MLB Mar 26, 2016

Cubs send Murton to minors

Former Hanshin Tigers outfielder Matt Murton, who had been taking part in the Chicago Cubs spring training as a non-roster invitee, has been sent back to the minors, the National League team said on Friday. Last month, the 34-year-old slugger signed a minor league deal ...

Tigers stave off elimination

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Oct 11, 2015

Tigers stave off elimination

by Jason Coskrey

As reporters left the field at the conclusion of the Hanshin Tigers' batting practice, Tom O'Malley, one of the team's hitting coaches, gave a wave and said, "We'll see you tomorrow." It didn't take long for the Tigers to start proving him right. Randy Messenger was ...

Lions' Akiyama records 200th hit of season

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 14, 2015

Lions' Akiyama records 200th hit of season

Seibu Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama became only the sixth player in Japanese baseball history to record 200 hits in a season during a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Sunday. Akiyama, 27, beat out an infield hit to third base in the fifth inning ...