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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… Continue reading Ballparks around the world: Tokyo Dome

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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… Continue reading NPB, KBO and CPBL meet for new international tournament

Japanese Baseball

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

Japanese Baseball · Marjor League Baseball · NPB

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… Continue reading Hiroki Kuroda hangs up spikes

Dutch baseball · Japanese Baseball

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… Continue reading Van den Hurk pitched in Ni-Gun game again

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

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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… Continue reading Another betting scandal surrounds Yomiuri Giants