Tag - tigers



The Tigers' Teruaki Sato has hit at least 20 home runs in three straight seasons.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 28, 2024
Tigers remain the Central League's team to beat as rival Giants loom
While Hanshin may be favored to repeat, the rest of the league will be waiting to pounce should the Kansai club falter.
A statue of Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Harland Sanders going through a ritual that is typically held for the repose of the souls of old dolls at Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine in Osaka.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 20, 2024
Statue of Colonel Sanders disposed of after 39-year saga
The statue went through a ritual that is typically held for the repose of the souls of old dolls at Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine in Osaka on March 8.
A Bengal Tiger pauses in a jungle clearing a Kaziranga National Park, some 280 kilometers east of Guwahati in 2014. Tigers in India have been photographed in high-altitude mountains rarely seen before, with experts suggesting relentless human pressure and a heating climate are driving them from traditional hunting grounds.
Feb 8, 2024
India's tigers adapt to higher ground as temperatures soar and human pressure builds
The animals are venturing into higher mountainous terrain, signifying increased pressure on their habitats.
Designated hitter and closer Shohei Ohtani (center) and catcher Yuhei Nakamura are mobbed by their Samurai Japan teammates after Ohtani struck out American slugger Mike Trout to clinch Japan’s third World Baseball Classic and first since 2009, at LoanDepot Park in Miami on March 21.
Dec 26, 2023
Images of 2023: Sports
For some, 2023 was a year of sweet victory, after many years of not making it to the summit. For Shohei Ohtani, it was yet another year of brilliance.
Tigers manager Akinobu Okada speaks during a news conference in Tokyo after the buzzword of the year was announced on Friday. The team's slogan, an indirect reference to victory, took the top spot.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 1, 2023
Japan’s 2023 buzzword of the year is all about winning
A.R.E — based on the Japanese word “are” (“that”) — took the top spot, after the Hanshin Tigers popularized the term as an indirect reference to victory.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Kenta Maeda pitches in the in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Target Field, Minneapolis, on Oct.10. Maeda signed for the Detroit Tigers earlier this week.
Dec 1, 2023
Maeda keen to deliver goods at new club Detroit
"It's pleasing they wanted me to help the team. ... I want to give all I have for the Tigers in any situation," the 35-year-old said.
Kenta Maeda pitches for the Twins in the playoffs against the Astros in October. Maeda has signed a two-year deal with the division rival Tigers.
Nov 29, 2023
Detroit Tigers sign right-hander Maeda to two-year deal
The 35-year-old from Osaka Prefecture will make $14 million in 2024 and $10 million in 2025.
Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto (left) and Hanshin Tigers rookie Shoki Murakami were named the Pacific League and Central League MVPs, respectively, on Tuesday night.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 29, 2023
Tigers rookie Murakami and Orix ace Yamamoto named MVPs
Yamamoto became the first player since Ichiro Suzuki to win three straight MVP awards, while Murakami also won Central League Rookie of the Year honors.
Kenta Maeda pitches for the Twins during the 2023 ALDS in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Oct. 10.
Nov 27, 2023
Free-agent pitcher Kenta Maeda set to join Tigers
Maeda is 65-49 with a 3.92 ERA over 190 career MLB games.
Tigers players Kento Itohara (left), Fumihito Haraguchi (second from left), Ryutaro Umeno (third from left) and Suguru Iwazaki pose for photos during the team's victory parade in Kobe on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 24, 2023
Triumphant Tigers and Buffaloes hold parades in Kobe and Osaka
Around 1 million fans attended victory parades for the Tigers and Buffaloes in Kobe and Osaka on Thursday.
Police try to control the crowd in the city of Osaka after the Hanshin Tigers won the Japan Series baseball championship on Nov. 5.
Nov 14, 2023
Civil servants face different treatment at Kansai baseball parades
Kobe and Hyogo government workers working at the parades will be treated as being on duty, but those of the Osaka governments will not be.
Hanshin second baseman Takumu Nakano (right) and outfielder Koji Chikamoto were among the team's five Golden Glove winners this season.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 10, 2023
Japan Series champion Tigers lead way with five Golden Glove winners
The Tigers set a franchise record with five Golden Glove selections.
A man dressed as Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Colonel Sanders jumps into the Dotonbori River in Osaka after the Hanshin Tigers won the Japan Series.
PODCAST / deep dive
Nov 9, 2023
Japan’s 'four-eyed tax hiker' and the curse of Colonel Sanders
Baseball writer Jason Coskrey and editor Joel Tansey discuss the Hanshin Tigers’ Japan Series victory; Gabriele Ninivaggi explains how the prime minister hopes to get a home run with his tax plan.
Asahanshin Torakichi's ring name is nod to the Osaka native's favorite baseball team, the 2023 Japan Series champion Hanshin Tigers.
Nov 8, 2023
Tigers’ triumph resonates in a sumo world full of Kansai natives
As Hanshin fans celebrate a long-awaited championship, it's timely to look back at what sumo looked like when Hanshin last won it all in 1985.
The Tigers' Sheldon Neuse (center, No. 7) celebrates with his teammates following his three-run homer in the fourth inning of Game 7 of the Japan Series against the Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 6, 2023
Sheldon Neuse and the catch that ended the Tigers' 38-year drought
For the American, a win in the Japan Series was a perfect ending to a year that did not go the way he had hoped during the regular season.
Hanshin Tigers fans celebrate the team's first Japan Series title in 38 years on Sunday.
Nov 6, 2023
Osaka erupts in celebration as Tigers win Japan Series
A heavy police presence made sure that incidents after past Tigers’ successes would not be repeated.
Buffaloes starter Yoshinobu Yamamoto pitches against the Tigers in Game 6 of the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 5, 2023
Buffaloes to allow ace pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto to move to MLB
The move was widely expected before the Buffaloes made it official.
The Tigers toss manager Akinobu Okada into the air after winning the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 5, 2023
Tigers beat Buffaloes in Game 7 to end 38-year Japan Series drought
The Tigers beat the defending champion Buffaloes in Game 7 to claim their first Japan Series title since 1985.
Buffaloes pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto struck out 14 in a complete-game victory over the Tigers in Game 6 of the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 4, 2023
Ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto helps Buffaloes force Game 7 in Japan Series
The Buffaloes beat the Tigers to send the Japan Series to Game 7.
Tigers fans make their presence known at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on Thursday, as Hanshin played Orix in Game 5 of the Japan Series.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 3, 2023
Could the Tigers' curse be over, once and for all?
A win against the Buffaloes on Saturday would see the Tigers victorious in this year's Japan Series.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on