Yomiuri Giants show interest in Roger Bernadina

Roger Bernadina, who recently joined the 20-20 club in the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization), has drawn attention from the Yomiuri Giants. The famous club from Tokyo with the most NPB championships under its belt, sent a scout to Korea to watch several players, and Bernadina is one of them. The scout couldn't come at a …

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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 …

Ballparks around the world: Tokyo Dome

In Ballparks around the world another World Baseball Classic venue will be in the center of the attention. The Tokyo Dome in Japan will be host to the WBC for the fourth time since 2006. Next to hosting group B with Australia, China, Cuba and Japan, it will also host group E in the second …

NPB, KBO and CPBL meet for new international tournament

According to m.appledaily.com.tw the CPBL, KBO and NPB want to organize a new post season tournament between the winners of each of those leagues. This tournament would replace the defunct Asia Series. The three leagues have planned a new tournament in November 2017 with four participants. Question is who will be the fourth particpant. Will …

Victor Starffin, the sole Russian in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

Did you know that there is an ethnic Russian baseball player enshrined in the Japanese Hall of Fame? His name is Victor Starffin. After a nineteen year career he was elected into the Japanese HOF in 1960 as very first foreigner. Victor Starffin was born as Viktor Konstantinovich Starukhin in the Urals region in what …

Hiroki Kuroda hangs up spikes

Former Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has announced his retirement. The work horse will hang up his spikes after the upcoming Nippon Series in which Kuroda's team, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp will take on the Nippon Ham Fighters. Kuroda made the announcement during a press conference last night. Before the …

Van den Hurk pitched in Ni-Gun game again

After his last start was pushed back due to concerns about his progress/condition, Rick van den Hurk finally pitched a Ni-Gun game for the Softbank Hawks again. Last Saturday he pitched three innings against the Ni-Gun team of the Yomiuri Giants. He struck out three and walked one. His pitches topped 94 mph. Rick gave …

Van den Hurk’s streak ends, Balentien has 12 homeruns now

Unfortunately Rick van den Hurk wasn't able to extend his record of fourteen wins without recording a loss. Last week he broke the 50-year old record by winning the game vs the Chiba Lotte Marines, in which he struck out ten batters and gave up only one run.  Wladimir Balentien is hitting rather well lately, …

Another betting scandal surrounds Yomiuri Giants

Today the Yomiuri Giants organized a press conference. It was all about a betting scandal in which their pitcher Kyosuke Takagi was involved. Takagi admitted that he bet on NPB games. Last year the club did terminate the contracts of three pitchers that were involved in gambling already. Then pitchers Kasahara,  Satoshi Fukuda and  Tatsuya Matsumoto were banned from baseball …

2015 Nippon Series unique from a Dutch point of view

In the past there have been Dutchies who played in the NPB; Hensley Meulens to name one, even won a Nippon Series title with the Yakult Swallows in 1995. Or Andruw Jones and Loek van Mil, who played for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2014. But when it comes to Dutchies this year's Nippon Series …

Dutchies very succesful in game two of Climax Series

The two Dutchies that play in the Japanese professional league, the NPB, were very successful today in game two of the Climax Series, the semi finals of Japanese Pro Baseball. Curacao born Wladimir Balentien bounced back from a hitless game yesterday. His team, the Yakult Swallows, were not so successful yesterday either as they fell …

Wladimir Balentien returns to Yakult Swallows after one rehab game

Curcacaoan slugger, Wladimir Balentien has returned to the Yakult Swallows after a long injury that he sustained since the start of the season. Earlier this week, Balentien played his only rehab game with the Swallows' Ni-Gun (minor league) team in which he went 0 for 2 with two walks. Since the Swallows are in the midst of …

Sadaharu Oh loses another record

After losing the homerun season record to Curacao native Wladimir Balentien iwho broke the record by five homeruns in 2013, which set the mark on 60, Sadaharu Oh was surpassed by Takeya Nakamura who hit his sixteenth grand slam of his career which put him in sole posession of the list of career grand slams. In …

Wladimir Balentien added to NPB roster of Yakult Swallows

Wladimir Balentien, the NPB homerun record holder from Curacao, has been placed on the NPB roster of the Yakult Swallows. After surgery to his Achilles tendon, Balentien went a relatively long way to recovery. Last week he played two rehab games with the Ni-Gun team of the Yakult Swallows with mixed results. Last Wednesday Balentien …

Sadaharu Oh inducted in Taiwanese Hall of Fame

    Sadaharu Oh and his typical stance Despite being born in Tokyo in 1940, Sadaharu Oh has been inducted to the Taiwanese Baseball Hall of Fame. I hear you wonder: "why?" Well, he was the son of a Chinese (Taiwanese) father and a Japanese mother. Despite the fact that he never played in Taiwan, Oh …

Van den Hurk to Fukuoka

After the posts "Van den Hurk to Japan?", "Yomiuri Giants also interested in Van den Hurk" and "Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks' radar", I can finally tell that according to sponichi.co.jp,  Rick van den Hurk has signed a  two year deal with the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka. According to the …

Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks’ radar

    The current Japanese champion, the Softbank Hawks, are still interested in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. After the winner of the Nippon Series signed Daisuke Matsuzaka they are still looking to improve their rotation. But the team from Fukuoka aren't the only team in Japan that want him. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo …

Japan All-Star Series, game three: Four Japanese pitchers combine for no-hitter

A great performance by the Samurai Japan team. Jeremy Guthrie pitched five innings for the MLB All-Stars. In those five innings he allowed four runs on five hits (two homeruns). Guthrie struck out three and walked two. After a 1-2-3 first inning, he gave up a two run homerun to Hayato Sakamoto of the Yomiuri …