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Shumpei Yoshikawa signs with D-Backs

/ Aug 25, 2018

Shumpei Yoshikawa signs with D-Backs

Right-handed pitcher Shumpei Yoshikawa has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and broken amateur baseball rules in the process, informed sources said Friday. The 23-year-old Yoshikawa was expected to go high in Nippon Professional Baseball's amateur draft this October. He is the first marquee amateur to ...

Don Mattingly to manage MLB stars against Samurai Japan

Aug 21, 2018

Don Mattingly to manage MLB stars against Samurai Japan

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly will lead a team of major league All-Stars against Japan's national team, Samurai Japan, in November. It will be the first time the two sides have met since 2014, ending a drought of visits by the MLB All-Star side. "We are ...

Amateur hurler Shumpei Yoshikawa aims for the majors

/ Aug 17, 2018

Amateur hurler Shumpei Yoshikawa aims for the majors

Shumpei Yoshikawa, a 23-year-old pitcher and top amateur prospect, intends to skip Japanese pro ball and sign with a major league team, multiple sources said Thursday. Yoshikawa, currently on national team duty at the Asian Games in Indonesia, pitches for Panasonic's corporate league team. The ...

/ Aug 10, 2018

NPB warns umpires who lost track of count

Five NPB umpires received severe warnings Friday for losing track of the count in an at-bat the day before. With one out and none on in the bottom of the third, home-plate umpire Chikara Tsugawa lost track of the count. He failed to send Hiroshima ...

NPB getting on board with boom in esports

Jul 19, 2018

NPB getting on board with boom in esports

by Jason Coskrey

Nippon Professional Baseball is ready to take a swing at esports. This fall, the league will join forces with Konami to launch the Pawapuro Pro League, an esports league that will bring together pro baseball and pro gamers. Players in the league will compete using ...