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… Continue reading Oh’s 756th home run celebrated
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… Continue reading Nice gesture by Softbank Hawks and chairman Oh
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… Continue reading Van den Hurk in the win column again
With the NBA allowing teams to place advertisements on their jerseys it may be a matter of time before MLB will open the doors for it. Especially now commissioner Rob Manfred does not rule out ads on jerseys. In April 2016, the NBA announced that it will allow teams to sell 2.5-inch-by-2.5-inch space to companies. For… Continue reading Ads on MLB jerseys, a matter of time?
Ever since Cuban players got permission by the Castro regime to leave the country to play abroad (except in the USA), quite a couple of players were signed by NPB clubs. The latest signees are RHP Raidel Martinez, Leonardo Urgelles and Alfredo Despaigne. Alfredo Despaigne was a familiar face in Japanese baseball already of course,… Continue reading Cuban players popular in Japan
Today the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) came with a press release that announced that pitcher Rick van den Hurk will participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. This is pretty much godsend for manager Hensley Meulens. With Van den Hurk, manager Meulens will get a pitcher with a lot of international experience.… Continue reading Rick van den Hurk to join Kingdom of the Netherlands for 2017 WBC
The Japanese sports website hochi.jp.co announced that Curacao slugger and Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk will not join team Kingdom of the Netherlands in the friendly matches vs Samurai Japan in November. The article doesn’t tell why the two Dutchie stars of the NPB will not join the team but it mentioned that both… Continue reading Balentien and Van den Hurk won’t join KOTN in friendly vs Japan