Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 24, 2015

Matsuda returning to Hawks

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks third baseman Nobuhiro Matsuda will return to the Pacific League powerhouse instead of moving to the major leagues as a free agent, he said Thursday. "From my two choices, I chose to stay with the Hawks," the 32-year-old told a news conference ...

Defense seen as Matsuda's strong suit in MLB circles

Baseball / MLB Dec 10, 2015

Defense seen as Matsuda's strong suit in MLB circles

by Jim Allen

Nobuhiro Matsuda's pursuit of a big league career could hinge on whether his fielding prowess outweighs his offensive question mark. Matsuda, a four-time Golden Glove winner for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks is hoping to move to the majors this winter as a third baseman, but ...

Japan hammers U.S. to book spot in quarterfinals

Baseball Nov 15, 2015

Japan hammers U.S. to book spot in quarterfinals

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Samurai Japan clobbered the United States and clinched a quarterfinal berth at the Premier 12 in the process. Sho Nakata, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Nobuhiro Matsuda stepped up offensively and Japan scored nine runs across the sixth and seventh innings of a lopsided 10-2 victory over ...

Softbank's Matsuda aiming for MLB move

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 9, 2015

Softbank's Matsuda aiming for MLB move

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks infielder Nobuhiro Matsuda will exercise his right to file for international free agency and admitted on Monday that he wants to try his luck in the major leagues. Matsuda, who is currently on Japan national team duty for the inaugural Premier 12 ...