By Trevor Raichura Several times a year we get asked a question that should have a readily-available answer: “Where/How can I watch NPB from overseas?” Here are your best options, in no particular order of accessibility or cost. Pacific League … Continued
By Carter Cromwell For the Japanese imports in Major League Baseball, the second week of the season was mostly good for the pitchers and not so good for the position players. Starting pitchers Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs, Yusei … Continued
Let’s break down some of the latest news one club at a time, shall we? They are in order of record, with their previous week’s record in parentheses. Yomiuri Giants 22-12-2 (3-3) Nothing and no one seems capable of stopping … Continued
By Carter Cromwell The Major League Baseball season finally started a week ago, and – in general – the Japanese imports have started slowly. There are nine Japanese players in MLB at the moment – six with previous big-league experience … Continued
The NPB season has reached the quarter-mark, and it’s time to quickly look at the week that was, plus the current standings. The last-place Orix Buffaloes spend their week up in Sendai to face the top-ranked Rakuten Eagles, and did … Continued
Sandy Alderson, the former General Manager of the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets, has never been one to back down from a challenge. Whether it was trying to rearrange Major League Baseball’s structure in the Dominican Republic, bringing the Mets back to respectability after the Madoff financial scandal, becoming the Oakland GM with no prior baseball experience, or putting together the Gold Medal U.S.A. baseball team at the 2000 Olympics, Alderson has said that he’ll “do anything once,” including the tough positions that others might back down from. So it was no surprise that he took on the worthy task of answering questions on JapanBall’s “Chatter Up!”
Sandy Alderson, the former General Manager of the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets, joined JapanBall’s “Chatter Up!” on July 16 to discuss his outsider approach to baseball, as well as his journeys to the different corners of the baseball world, including Australia, the Dominican Republic, and even Japan.
Although many often distinguish the United States of America and Japan as incredibly different, they both share a passionate love for one thing: baseball. For esteemed filmmaker Yuriko Gamo Romer, the two countries are forever intertwined through this love, as … Continued
Yuriko Gamo Romer, maker of documentary films such as the acclaimed “Mrs. Judo: Be Strong, Be Gentle, Be Beautiful,” joined JapanBall’s Chatter Up! on July 9 to discuss her upcoming film “Diamond Diplomacy,” which discusses and highlights the shared love … Continued
Several books, articles and even television spots have been made about Ichiro’s life and success, but the scout that found and developed him into a superstar usually only gets two facts mentioned about him:
His name was Katsutoshi Miwata, and seven years after finding Ichiro, he killed himself after failing to sign Orix’s top draft pick.