Do you want to play in Taiwan? This is your chance

The TOMA Footrans Traveling Team (TFTT ) from Japan will launch a showcase team in Taiwan in January 2018. The team is managed by Toma Irokawa who was a head coach of Iran, Pakistan and Hong Kong national team. The team mainly consists of Asian professional and amateur players who want to play abroad, but …

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Tiebreaker introduced in Japanese high school baseball

It is generally known that high school pitchers in Japan are abused at times. Back-to-back-to-back 100+ pitch games are no exception. To prevent this from happening the Japanese High School Baseball Federation has decided to introduce a tiebreak system. According to Japan's biggest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, the federation, known as Nihon Koyaren, underlines the …

Van den Hurk wins 13th game of the season

In a six-inning, 108-pitch outing, Rick van den Hurk clinched his thirteenth victory of the NPB season in a 4-1 victory over the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The Softbank Hawks, who clinched the Pacific League pennant last week, gave Van den Hurk enough run support. The Fighters took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when …

Softbank Hawks clinch Pacific League title

Today the Softbank Hawks clinched the Pacific League title by beating the Seibu Lions 7-3. By winning the Pacific League, the Hawks will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. As the Softbank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions, the latter team was eliminated from clinching the Pacific League. The Hawks started the …

U18 World Cup 2017: Japan beats Kingdom of the Netherlands in hard fought victory

In a pitching matchup between Samurai Japan and Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dutch were on course to pull off an upset, but in the sixth inning, Japan turned the tables and eventually walked away with a 3-1 win. Both teams played very good baseball and because of that, it was an enjoyable game.  Donny …

U18 World Cup 2017: Japan beats Kingdom of the Netherlands in hard fought victory

In a pitching matchup between Samurai Japan and Kingdom of the Netherlands was on course to pull off an upset, but in the sixth inning, Japan turned the tables and eventually walked away with a 3-1 win. Both teams played very good baseball and because of that, it was an enjoyable game.  Donny Breek took a …

Two-hitter for Rick van den Hurk

Another superb outing for Rick van den Hurk. The tall Dutchman of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitched a two-hitter over seven innings. Rick got plenty of run support, so he earned his twelfth win of the season. Today, Rick dominated the Seibu Lions' lineup as he cruised through seven innings as his pitches topped 93 …

Van den Hurk clinches 9th win of season

Dutch pitcher of the Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk, has clinched his ninth victory today with a 5-1 win over the lowly Orix Buffaloes. Rick lasted eight innings on the mound and threw 119 pitches to accomplish the feat. Rick gave up a run in the first inning when Yoshida Masanori scored on Masahiro …

Rick van den Hurk clinches 8th win, loses no-hit bid in 6th

Today, the Softbank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 3-1 and handed their Dutch starter, Rick van den Hurk, his eighth win of the season. Rick took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but a solo home run ended his no-hit bid. Rick was perfect in the first three frames but gave up a walk to …

World Port Tournament 2017: Taiwan beats Japan in extra innings

In a typical small ball and low scoring game, Taiwan bested Japan in extra innings.  For a long time, Taiwan had the lead in this game but Japan managed to tie the game in the ninth inning.  In a battle of two Asian giants, Japan took the lead in the first inning. Hiroto Kobukata doubled to …

World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch fall to Japan despite ninth inning rally

After an easy win vs Cuba, team Kingdom of the Netherlands did not stand a chance vs Japan. The team was outscored 7-3 and outhit 12-5. Except for the ninth inning, the Dutch did not take advantage of the few situations with runners in scoring position and were kept in check by the Japanese pitching. …

Nippon Ham Fighters exploring possibilities of new stadium

The Nippon Ham Co, owner of the baseball club the Nippon Ham Fighters, announced today through the website of the Fighters, the club is looking to build a new own stadium. Currently, the team is playing in the city-owned Sapporo Dome and pays ¥8,000,000 for each game played there. When the club moved away from Tokyo to the …

Oh’s 756th home run celebrated

Today, the former team of the Japanese legend Sadaharu Oh, celebrated the 756th home run Oh hit forty years ago. In a ceremony during the game, Oh, who now is chairman of the Softbank Hawks, was placed in the spotlights for breaking Hank Aaron's record of 755 dingers. Sadaharu Oh, who played his entire 22-year …

Nice gesture by Softbank Hawks and chairman Oh

In an attempt to give some children a bit of distraction after the Kuramoto Earthquake, which occurred in April, the chairman of the Softbank Hawks, Sadaharu Oh has invited 180 children of little league teams to attend a game of the team. Legend Sadaharu Oh, played 22 seasons in the NPB, all for the Yomiuri …

Van den Hurk in the win column again

Yesterday, the Softbank Hawks hosted the Orix Buffaloes. Rick van den Hurk was the starter for the Hawks and guided them to a win vs the lowly Buffaloes. Rick pitched six shutout innings and needed 110 pitches to do so. In those six innings, Rick gave up two hits, walked two and struck out three. He …

Van den Hurk clinches first win

Rick van den Hurk earned his first win of the 2017 season. After two losses, Rick bounced back in an old fashioned way in which he was flat out dominating. Unlike his previous two starts, in which Rick was pulled after only 4.2 and 5 inning, Rick lasted eight full frames today. The only two …

Dutchies around the world

Another overview of the performances of players from Aruba, Curacao and the Netherlands in the various baseball leagues on this planet. This time WITH Andrelton Simmons and with some nice performance of Carter Kieboom. Andrelton Simmons is having a good start of the 2017 season. The shortstop of the Anaheim Angels is hitting a solid .391. In …