Watch Game Four of the 2020 Nippon Series here

With the SoftBank Hawks having a comfortable 3-0 lead in games, it is a must win situation for the Yomiuri Giants today. But it will be hard as they play at the Pay Pay Dome, the home field of the Hawks. Today's game will start at 18:30 local time (10:30 CET and 04:30 AM Eastern …

Nippon Series 2020: Game 1

The 2020 Nippon Series, the championship series of Nippon Professional Baseball, started today. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo took on the SoftBank Hawks from Fukuoka. The Giants are the first team to reappear in the Nippon Series after being swept in the previous year. The Hawks have been dominating Japanese baseball in the past decade. …

Watch Game One of 2020 Nippon Series here

Today the 2020 Nippon Series between the Yomiuri Giants and the SoftBank Hawks comences. The Hawks try to four-peat, the Giants try to win it all since 2012. If you are interested in Japanese baseball or if you don't want to call it quits yet regarding the 2020 season, here is the link to the …

Reigning Central League MVP tests positive on corona

Since the announcement by the NPB to start the season on June 19, the NPB players have been training again. Since yesterday, June 2nd, the teams are playing practice games again but behind closed doors. But after just one day of practice games, two players have been tested positive on COVID19. Reigning Central League MVP …

Start of the 2020 NPB season at stake

With the rapid spreading of the corona virus, the 2020 baseball season in Japan may be at stake. Two upcoming practice games between the Yomiuri Giants and the Yakult Swallows will be played without fans in an attempt to prevent a further spreading of the virus. The two games are scheduled for the upcoming weekend. …

Shinnosuke Abe officially retires

Yesterday, Yomiuri Giants catcher Shinnosuke Abe put on his Giants uniform for the last time. During the Giants fanfest, he said goodbye to a packed Tokyo Dome as he was honored in a Shinnosuke Abe Retirement Ceremony. The forty-year-old catcher was a clear fan favorite, likely because he played his entire career with the Yomiuri …

Japanese pitchers defy laws of nature

On the first day of Spring Training in Japan, several Japanese relief pitchers defied the laws of nature as they threw ridiculously long bullpen sessions.  Relief pitcher Yuma Ohshita of the Yakult Swallows threw a bullpen session of 106 pitches. He almost repeated that feat on the second day as he threw a hundred pitches. …

Softbank Hawks advance to Nippon Series to face the Hiroshima Toyo Carp

The Hiroshima Toyo Carp (Central League) and the Softbank Hawks  (Pacific League) will face each other in the 2018 Nippon Series. The Carp swept the Yomiuri Giants 4-0 to advance and today, the Hawks clinched a Nippon Series spot by beating the Seibu Lions 6-5. As usual, the winner of the regular season in each …

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 …

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 …