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  • • NPB’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles Sign Maikel Franco
    The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball announced the signing of third baseman Maikel Franco for the 2023 season (link via Japan Times). It’ll be the first stint in Japan for Franco, who has appeared in the majors in each of the past nine campaigns. A top prospect during his days as a…...2022
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  • • NPB’s Hanshin Tigers Post Shintaro Fujinami
    The Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball have officially posted right-hander Shintaro Fujinami, according to Yakyu Cosmopolitan. It was reported back in October that the Tigers planned to post Fujinami. Now that it’s been made official, he and his representatives will have 30 days to secure a major league contract. If a deal is…...2022
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  • • Aristides Aquino Signs With NPB’s Chunichi Dragons
    10:30 AM: Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital adds that Aquino’s deal is one-year, $1.2MM with an additional $300K of possible incentives. 10:20 AM: Outfielder Aristides Aquino has signed with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network. It’s Aquino’s first stint overseas, who had previously spent parts of the…...2022
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  • • Yomiuri Giants Showing Interest In Tyler Beede
    The Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball league are showing interest in adding right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede for the upcoming season, according to Hochi News (h/t Sung Min Kim). Beede was released by the Pirates last month after spending the 2022 campaign with them and San Francisco. Beede, 29, was drafted 14th overall by…...2022
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  • • Mets Meet With Kodai Senga
    The Mets recently sat down with free agent starter Kodai Senga in New York, reports Will Sammon of the Athletic. Andy Martino of SNY first reported earlier this week that New York and Senga’s camp would sit down. Senga, 30 in January, recently wrapped up his 11th season in Nippon Professional Baseball. He had a 2.59 ERA…...2022
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  • • NPB’s Hiroshima Carp To Sign Matt Davidson
    The Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball have signed infielder Matt Davidson to a one-year contract, per Yahoo Japan. Davidson is represented by the MVP Sports Group. It’ll be the first stint overseas for Davidson, the No. 35 overall pick in the 2009 draft (D-backs) and former top prospect who’s appeared in parts of…...2022
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  • • Orix Buffaloes To Post Masataka Yoshida
    The Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball are going to post outfielder Masataka Yoshida, according to a report from Yahoo Japan, making him eligible to explore opportunities with MLB clubs. (hat tip to JJ Cooper from Baseball America and Jason Coskrey on Twitter.) The Japanese-language link lists the Yankees, Mariners, and Blue Jays as…...2022
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  • • Nick Martinez Opts Out Of Padres Contract
    Right-hander Nick Martinez has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with the Padres and is now a free agent, reports Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune (Twitter link). Martinez originally signed a four-year, $25.5MM contract on the heels of a breakout in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. That contract paid him a $2MM…...2022
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  • • Orix Buffaloes May Post Masataka Yoshida For MLB Teams
    The Orix Buffaloes just won the Japan Series, becoming the champions of Nippon Professional Baseball’s 2022 season.  Now, the Buffaloes may immediately face a major roster decision, as GM Junichi Fukura told The Japan Times last week that the team will speak with outfielder Masataka Yoshida about a possible posting for MLB teams.  Yoshida is…...2022
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  • • Gosuke Katoh Signs With NPB’s Nippon-Ham Fighters
    Infielder Gosuke Katoh has signed with the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced (h/t to the Kyoto News). It’s the first NPB stint for Katoh, who made his major league debut this past season after nine years in the minors. Katoh is represented by John Boggs & Associates. A second-round pick of…...2022
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  • • Soxivus 2022: The Calling of the Managers
    The most popular candidate bandied about around the majors, Joe Espada, is also the top pick among South Side Sox writers. | Bob Levey/Getty Images What happens when South Side Sox writers pick their dream managers for the White Sox? Read and see Welcome to a second year of Soxivus! A year ago, on the heels of a fun and successful season, Tommy Barbee nonetheless had the idea to adopt Fes...2022
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  • • Hanshin Tigers To Post Shintaro Fujinami
    The Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball are going to make right-hander Shintaro Fujinami available to MLB clubs this offseason via the posting system, according to a report from Kyodo News. Back in September, reports from Japan (Japanese link from Sponichi Annex and English link from The Japan Times) relayed his desire to attempt the move…...2022
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  • • Red Sox Release Hirokazu Sawamura
    The Red Sox have released right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura, per Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Sawamura asked for his release to pursue other opportunities, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive. Sawamura, 34, pitched in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball for ten years before crossing the Pacific. He signed a two-year deal with the Red Sox prior to…...2022
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  • • Rangers Release Spencer Patton
    The Rangers released righty Spencer Patton from their Triple-A affiliate, MLB.com’s Kennedi Landry tweets. He’s a free agent who can now sign with any other club. Patton, 34, made a return to the Majors in 2021 on the heels of a sharp four-year run in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, where he pitched to a 3.68…...2022
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  • • Daisuke Matsuzaka To Retire After 2021 NPB Season
    Veteran right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will retire following the 2021 season, as per an announcement from the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball (hat tip to The Kyodo News).  The 40-year-old last pitched during the 2019 NPB season and hasn’t since been able to get back onto the mound after undergoing cervical spine surgery last…...2021
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  • • Nippon Professional Baseball postpones start of season due to coronavirus
    Nippon Professional Baseball is postponing the beginning of its 2020 season due to the spread of the coronavirus, per Jeff Passan and Jim Allen. NPB commissioner Atsushi Saito announced the decision following an emergency meeting with representatives for the 12 teams. “How must we (pro baseball) act? We must protect the players, staff, families, but no one more so than the fans” Saito said, via Ji...2020
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  • • Hisashi Iwakuma to return to Japan
    Veteran right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma tells Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times that he will conclude his tenure with the Mariners and return to his native Japan. That does not mean, however, that he’s calling his playing career quits.Iwakuma had been trying to return from shoulder surgery, but only made it to a pair of rehab appearances. While he was not able to get all the way back to the big league...2018
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  • • Koji Uehara signs with NPB's Yomiuri Giants
    After a terrific nine-year run in Major League Baseball, veteran reliever Koji Uehara has returned to the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced (link via the Japan Times). Carlos Yamakazi of the Tokyo Sports Press had previously tweeted that Uehara would sign there and that the deal would be announced today.Now entering his age-43 season, Uehara began his profe...2018
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  • • Yulieski Gourriel to Astros: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction
    2016
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  • • Kenta Maeda Looking Like Huge Bargain Ready for Bright Lights of Los Angeles
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  • • NPB’s Hanshin Tigers Post Shintaro Fujinami
    The Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball have officially posted right-hander Shintaro Fujinami, according to Yakyu Cosmopolitan. It was reported back in October that the Tigers planned to post Fujinami. Now that it’s been made official, he and his representatives will have 30 days to secure a major league contract. If a deal is…...2022
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  • • Yomiuri Giants Showing Interest In Tyler Beede
    The Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball league are showing interest in adding right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede for the upcoming season, according to Hochi News (h/t Sung Min Kim). Beede was released by the Pirates last month after spending the 2022 campaign with them and San Francisco. Beede, 29, was drafted 14th overall by…...2022
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  • • Mets Meet With Kodai Senga
    The Mets recently sat down with free agent starter Kodai Senga in New York, reports Will Sammon of the Athletic. Andy Martino of SNY first reported earlier this week that New York and Senga’s camp would sit down. Senga, 30 in January, recently wrapped up his 11th season in Nippon Professional Baseball. He had a 2.59 ERA…...2022
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  • • NPB’s Hiroshima Carp To Sign Matt Davidson
    The Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball have signed infielder Matt Davidson to a one-year contract, per Yahoo Japan. Davidson is represented by the MVP Sports Group. It’ll be the first stint overseas for Davidson, the No. 35 overall pick in the 2009 draft (D-backs) and former top prospect who’s appeared in parts of…...2022
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  • • Nick Martinez Opts Out Of Padres Contract
    Right-hander Nick Martinez has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with the Padres and is now a free agent, reports Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune (Twitter link). Martinez originally signed a four-year, $25.5MM contract on the heels of a breakout in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball. That contract paid him a $2MM…...2022
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  • • Soxivus 2022: The Calling of the Managers
    The most popular candidate bandied about around the majors, Joe Espada, is also the top pick among South Side Sox writers. | Bob Levey/Getty Images What happens when South Side Sox writers pick their dream managers for the White Sox? Read and see Welcome to a second year of Soxivus! A year ago, on the heels of a fun and successful season, Tommy Barbee nonetheless had the idea to adopt Fes...2022
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  • • Rangers Release Spencer Patton
    The Rangers released righty Spencer Patton from their Triple-A affiliate, MLB.com’s Kennedi Landry tweets. He’s a free agent who can now sign with any other club. Patton, 34, made a return to the Majors in 2021 on the heels of a sharp four-year run in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, where he pitched to a 3.68…...2022
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  • Cubs, Japanese star Seiya Suzuki agree to reported five-year, $85M contract
    • Cubs, Japanese star Seiya Suzuki agree to reported five-year, $85M contract
    Suzuki recorded 38 home runs, 88 RBIs and just one fewer walk than strikeouts (88 and 89, respectively) during the 2021 season for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB)....2022
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  • Cubs, Japanese star Seiya Suzuki agree to five-year, $70 million contract
    • Cubs, Japanese star Seiya Suzuki agree to five-year, $70 million contract
    Suzuki recorded 38 home runs, 88 RBIs and just one fewer walk than strikeouts (88 and 89, respectively) during the 2021 season for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Central League in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB)....2022
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  • Report: KBO’s SSG Landers request status check on Kwang Hyun Kim
    • Report: KBO’s SSG Landers request status check on Kwang Hyun Kim
    Teams from the Korea Baseball Organization and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball must formally submit requests for status checks to negotiate with MLB free agents....2022
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  • • Soxivus 2022: The Calling of the Managers
    The most popular candidate bandied about around the majors, Joe Espada, is also the top pick among South Side Sox writers. | Bob Levey/Getty Images What happens when South Side Sox writers pick their dream managers for the White Sox? Read and see Welcome to a second year of Soxivus! A year ago, on the heels of a fun and successful season, Tommy Barbee nonetheless had the idea to adopt Fes...2022
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  • • Latest On Asian Baseball Leagues’ Attempts To Resume Play
    If Asia’s top professional baseball leagues represent a preview of what MLB can expect when it tries to get back to play, then the results are mixed — and remain largely indeterminate. Let’s catch up on the latest … Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball is back on ice, as Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times writes.…...2020
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  • • Pitching notes: How will the Rangers utilize Tim Lincecum?
    Reliever Koji Uehara says that he is open to considering offers from teams in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league, as the Japan Times recently reported. That’s something of a reversal from the 42-year-old reliever, who had indicated he did not intend to play again in his homeland. After preparing for the MLB season, but finding interest scant, Uehara now says he has changed his mind and wo...2018
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  • • Japanese prospect brings back Hideo Nomo pitching motion
    The spirit of Hideo Nomo lives on in Japanese prospect Suguru Takai.The 21-year-old Takai, a right-handed pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball league, is going viral for a familiar pitching motion — one that is virtually a mirror image of Nomo’s. Nomo became famous for that corkscrew-esque delivery during his 12 seasons pitching in the MLB (most notably with the Los A...2017
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  • • Ichiro Suzuki's Contract Option Picked Up by Marlins: Latest Details, Reaction
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  • • MLB Team of the Week: Edwin Encarnacion, J.D. Martinez and Colby Lewis Star
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  • • How Should We View Ichiro Suzuki's 4,257 All-Time Professional Hits?
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  • • 2016 MLB Rookies Already Going Toe-to-Toe with Historic 2015 Class
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  • • Kenta Maeda Looking Like Huge Bargain Ready for Bright Lights of Los Angeles
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  • • Is Dodgers' Revamped Rotation Good Enough to Compete for 2016 Title?
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  • • Soxivus 2022: The Calling of the Managers
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  • • NPB/KBO Notes: Smoak, Sparkman, Freitas
    Veteran first baseman Justin Smoak, who’d signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball over the winter, has returned to the United States to be with his family, the Japan Times recently reported. The 34-year-old switch-hitter was productive in his limited run for the second-place Giants, slashing .272/.336/.482 with seven homers and three…...2021
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  • • How Should We View Ichiro Suzuki's 4,257 All-Time Professional Hits?
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  • • 2016 MLB Rookies Already Going Toe-to-Toe with Historic 2015 Class
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  • • Asian and American Ballplayers Face Unusual Challenges When Living Abroad
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  • • Is Dodgers' Revamped Rotation Good Enough to Compete for 2016 Title?
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  • • Angels' Shohei Ohtani hits first career grand slam in two-homer game vs. Rays
    Ohtani had never hit a grand slam in either MLB or Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball...2022
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  • • Kuroda reportedly returning to Japan to pitch
    Hiroki Kuroda is returning to Japan to pitch for Nippon Professional Baseball, according to multiple reports....2014
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  • • Source: Deal reached; Ohtani can be posted
    MLB, Nippon Professional Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed in principle on new terms of the posting system that would allow Japanese players to move to the Major Leagues....2017
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  • • History suggests Maeda will be a good value
    Nine offseasons ago, the Red Sox and Yankees combined to invest nearly $150 million in Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kei Igawa -- a pair of pitchers from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball....2016
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  • • History suggests Maeda will be a good value
    Nine offseasons ago, the Red Sox and Yankees combined to invest nearly $150 million in Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kei Igawa -- a pair of pitchers from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball....2016
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  • • Has Nathan Eovaldi Surpassed Masahiro Tanaka as Yankees' True Ace?
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  • • Mariners reportedly ink Korean slugger Lee
    The Mariners have reportedly agreed to terms with Dae Ho Lee, a 33-year-old slugger with experience in both the Korea Baseball Organization and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball....2016
  • • Shohei 7: Latest buzz on two-way star Ohtani
    As the Hot Stove heats up, all eyes are on Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani. His Nippon Professional Baseball team, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, posted him on Friday, and Ohtani has until Dec. 22 to sign with a Major League team....2017
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  • • Japan's most influential MLB players
    With Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani set to come to the Major Leagues in 2018, he will be embarking on the same path many great players before him traveled in transitioning from Nippon Professional Baseball to MLB....2017
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  • • Nippon Ham Fighters Announce They Will Allow Shohei Otani To Move To Majors
    The Nippon Ham Fighters, Shohei Otani’s team in Japan, announced that they will allow the star pitcher/slugger to come to the majors via the posting system, as the Japan Times was among the outlets to report. That does not quite make things official, as Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball continue to try to…...2017
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  • • Cardinals nearing multi-year deal with Miles Mikolas
    The first significant move of the offseason is in the books for the Cardinals, but it’s hardly one that everyone has been expecting. St. Louis announced Tuesday that it has signed right-hander Miles Mikolas, to a two-year contract. The 29-year-old Mikolas, who was known to be seeking a return to the Majors after a dominant three-year run with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseb...2017
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  • • Red Sox Release Hirokazu Sawamura
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  • • Adam Jones Weighing Move To Japan
    Veteran outfielder Adam Jones may be headed for a late-career stint in Japan. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, via Twitter, Jones is in talks with Nippon Professional Baseball’s Orix Buffaloes on a contract. Notably, the concept under consideration is a multi-year arrangement. That’s a rarity for players contemplating a westward crossing of the…...2019
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  • • Jonny Gomes To Sign With Japan’s Rakuten Golden Eagles
    Veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes will sign a one-year, $2MM contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The MVP Sports client can also earn an additional $1MM worth of incentives, Rosenthal adds, and his contract contains a mutual option for the 2017 season as well. Gomes expressed…...2016
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  • • Soxivus 2022: The Calling of the Managers
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  • • Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball to start 2020 season on June 19 without fans, play shortened schedule
    Nippon Professional Baseball will be the third professional baseball league to start its 2020 season...2020
  • • Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball Sets June 19 Opening Day
    Baseball is set to return in Japan. As Kaz Nagatsuka of the Japan Times reports, Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito announced Monday that the league plans to kick off its regular season on June 19 — nearly three months after the originally scheduled March 20 date. As has been the case in Taiwan and…...2020
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  • • Baseball leagues in Korea, Japan face ongoing coronavirus challenges
    With COVID-19 raging in the United States, it’s hard not to glance longingly across the Pacific. In Korea and Japan, authorities have seemingly gained control over the spread of the virus — so much so that their highly respected baseball leagues are working toward a resumption of play. That’s not to say the effort is without challenges. Ramping up economic activity while holding back the tide of d...2020
  • • MLB not planning to delay start of season amid Coronavirus concerns
    Major League Baseball decided Monday to close clubhouses to media members for an undisclosed period of time because of the coronavirus outbreak. Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball took the more drastic measure to postpone the start of its regular season. The Korea Baseball Organization is now following the NPB’s lead, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.Net reports. The league, which had already canceled preseas...2020
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  • • Report: MLB to close clubhouses to reporters, plans to start season on time
    As the NBA and NHL implement rules to restrict access to locker rooms in the wake of the coronavirus, MLB reportedly plans to follow suit in an effort to ensure player safety. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, MLB will close clubhouses to all media over fears of risking a potential spread of the coronavirus. It also determined in a conference call with owners on Monday that it will tentatively move...2020
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  • • Japan’s NPB Postpones Start Of Season
    Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball has announced that it will delay the start of the 2020 season owing to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. Veteran reporter Jim Allen has the news from across the Pacific. For the time being, Japan’s top league will push its opening date back into mid-April. It had been scheduled to kick off…...2020
  • • Japanese pro baseball season postponed due to coronavirus
    Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball has announced that it will delay the start of the 2020 season owing to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. Veteran reporter Jim Allen has the news from across the Pacific. For the time being, Japan’s top league will push its opening date back into mid-April. It had been scheduled to start its season on March 20th. Whether further delay might be contemplated isn...2020
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  • • Korean, Japanese baseball leagues change schedules due to coronavirus
    With much concern around the world regarding the spread of coronavirus, it was inevitable that there would be an impact on the staging of sporting events. Asia’s two most significant baseball leagues are beginning to adjust their schedules to adapt to a situation in which large public gatherings would not be prudent. The situation is especially concerning in Korea, which has seen the most cases of...2020
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  • • Ichiro Suzuki to retire
    Ichiro Suzuki will announce his retirement following the completion of Thursday morning’s game between the Mariners and Athletics in Tokyo, Jim Allen of the Kyodo News reports (Twitter link). Ichiro has already informed the Mariners about his decision. The 45-year-old outfielder is in Thursday’s lineup, starting in right field in the 2,653rd game of his MLB career. The official announcement ends m...2019
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  • • Freddy Galvis Close To Deal With NPB’s Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
    Infielder Freddy Galvis appears to be close to a move overseas, as reports from Yahoo Japan indicate that Galvis is nearing a contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. Should the move be finalized, it would count as a bit of a surprise.  While there hadn’t been much buzz about Galvis’ free…...2021
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