Shohei Ohtani made big splash in debut season in majors

Baseball / MLB Dec 27, 2018

Shohei Ohtani made big splash in debut season in majors

Shohei Ohtani's historic big league debut wasn't the only story coming out of the majors this year, but it often seemed like it. The ups and downs of the hard-hitting, hard-throwing American League Rookie of the Year captured imaginations on both sides of the Pacific, ...

Baseball / MLB Dec 23, 2017

Arizona Diamondbacks finalize two-year deal with Yoshihisa Hirano

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free agent closer Yoshihisa Hirano to a two-year, $6 million contract, the team announced Friday. The 33-year-old right-hander, pitched for the Orix Buffaloes for the past 11 seasons. "I am honored to be signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks," Hirano said. "They have ...

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 ...