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by Trevor Raichura

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It hasn’t taken long for Japan Forward to become a leader in English-language Japanese news coverage, and with the hiring of Ed Odeven as their sports editor, they are filling a niche that so many English-speakers want – coverage of Japanese sports news! Ed interviewed JapanBall President Shane Barclay about how his MLB experience helped him prepare for JapanBall, the highlights of our “Chatter Up!” Zoom series, JapanBall’s plans for the future, and much more! Read the full interview.

Baseball Jobs Overseas offers a service that is not too different than JapanBall’s tours – they help facilitate cultural exchange, adventure, and global friendships through a shared love of baseball. Author Carter Cromwell explored explored the cultural differences in the international game by talking to a few former NPB import players and JapanBall President Shane Barclay.

The mission of Gaijin T.V. is “to get viewers to come on over and enjoy all that Japan has to offer” – something we sure can relate to! Host Michael Phelps invited JapanBall’s Shane Barclay to sit in for an episode to talk about our tours and what makes Japan and Japanese baseball so special.

1992 NPB Central League MVP, longtime major leaguer, and current professional coach Jack Howell hosted Shane Barclay on his Control the Zone with Cactus Jack Howell podcast to talk about JapanBall’s approach to guided tours and why a sporting event is the best way to experience a new culture. Listen here.

The Caught Looking Podcast is hosted by Johnny and Danny Tancredi, two brothers from Long Island that love the Mets and baseball collecting. They ​had JapanBall’s Shane Barclay on the pod to talk about the path that led Shane to JapanBall, the Japanese baseball experience, NPB souvenirs and merchandise, the World Baseball Classic, Shane’s autograph collection, and why July 2 is like Christmas in the Dominican Republic (available on Spotify or Apple).

Preeminent Japanese news outlet Japan Forward used our “Chatter Up!” Zoom video call with Bobby Valentine to show why he is one of the great ambassadors of the Japanese game. “Bobby V” was as expected – enthusiastic, insightful, generous, and full of entertaining stories! Click here for the article.

Host Mark Lawson of the Game Day Tourist podcast featured JapanBall owner Shane Barclay on two episodes. The first is about the global baseball landscape, including pro leagues in Asia and Latin America, the World Baseball Classic, and European baseball. In the second, they discuss the sports scene of Shane’s native San Francisco Bay Area. Game Day Tourist is also on Apple and Spotify.

Los Angeles Times author Gregory Leporati “cured his baseball blues” with the help of JapanBall. Read how “A Baseball Trip Through Japan is Just What a Jaded MLB Fan Needed.”
DTK Men Magazine featured JapanBall in naming a Japanese baseball trip as their top travel recommendation for “The Sports Fan” in their Summer 2019 issue.
The Week magazine featured JapanBall as “This week’s dream” in the Travel section of their May 31/June 7, 2019 issue. Read the article here.
SportsBrand Media Group assigned Tokyo correspondent Christian Storms to do a piece about Japanese baseball that featured us. It was shown on television in Australia, Europe, and the United States.
Baseball PhD interviewed JapanBall guide Shane Barclay as part of their preview of the 2019 MLB Opening Series in Tokyo between the A’s and Mariners.

The San Jose Mercury News – “The Newspaper of Silicon Valley” – featured us in the March 22, 2020 “Eat Drink Play” section. This was after our first-ever trip to the Dominican Republic and was our first non-Japan feature. See the piece here.

Jimmy Fawcett is a Brit who adores the game from afar, and is an integral part of the British baseball fan community. On his Strike Out UK podcast, Jimmy spoke with JapanBall owner Shane Barclay about his background working for MLB , Japanese baseball, the World Baseball Classic, and more. Check it out on Spotify.