Japan fills out team for World Baseball Classic

Baseball Jan 24, 2017

Japan fills out team for World Baseball Classic

by Jason Coskrey

Samurai Japan mostly filled out its roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, adding eight players, but no major leaguers, to the 19 names released in December. The new players bring the roster up to 27, leaving one spot to be filled. "My tension ...

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

Baseball Nov 23, 2016

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

by Jim Allen

Shintaro Fujinami's recent Samurai Japan call-up may have been taken him by surprise, but he said the opportunity won't be taken for granted. Although Fujinami had been a regular member of manager Hiroki Kokubo's pitching staff, the right-hander was coming off his worst season as ...