Shogo Akiyama wanted to make history by joining Reds

Baseball / MLB Jan 9, 2020

Shogo Akiyama wanted to make history by joining Reds

Shogo Akiyama knew the Cincinnati Reds were the only MLB team that never had a player born in Japan. The chance to break a barrier was part of his impetus to sign. The former Seibu Lions star got a $21 million, three-year deal this week ...

Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama OKs deal with Reds: report

Baseball / MLB Dec 31, 2019

Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama OKs deal with Reds: report

Seibu Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama has agreed to a three-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds, according to a report released Monday on MLB.com. Initial reporting on the deal, which has not yet been announced by the National League club, indicates that its total value will ...

Lions re-sign former ace Daisuke Matsuzaka

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Dec 3, 2019

Lions re-sign former ace Daisuke Matsuzaka

The Seibu Lions said Tuesday they have reached an agreement with former major leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is rejoining the Pacific League club after a 14-year hiatus. The 39-year-old right-hander was the Lions' ace from 1999 to 2006 before leaving Japan to pitch in the ...