The Importance of Imports

As Hanshin got close to reaching a deal with free agent Yoshio Itoi, it had some important decisions to make. First, would he play center field, or right? One big idea that had been floating around since practice sessions in September was that incumbent r

Monthly Hanshin Tigers – January 2017

It’s a new year, and for (at least) the third consecutive January, the team manager graces the magazine’s cover. In 2015 it was Yutaka Wada, and for the second straight year now, Tomoaki Kanemoto gets interviewed about his thoughts on the upco

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Former Tiger Imports: Rafael Dolis

Full Name: Rafael Jose Dolis Name (Japanese): ラファエル・ドリス Date of Birth: January 10, 1988 Hometown: La Romana, Dominican Republic Height: 195 cm (6’5″) Weight: 109 kg (240 lb) Throws/Bats: Right/Right Wore #: 98 Walk-Up Song

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Former Tiger Imports: Mauro Gomez

Name: Mauro Alexis Gomez Name (Japanese): マウロ・ゴメス Date of Birth: September 7, 1984 Position: First Base Height: 188 cm (6’2″) Weight: 104 kg (229 lb) Throws/Bats: Right/Right Wore #: 5 Originally signed by: Texas Rangers, 2003 

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Book Review – What Bass Wanted to Say This Year

What if you had been able to befriend Ichiro Suzuki in Seattle back in 2001? You, a regular guy who had spent 7 or so years in Japan and knew the language, and could help him adjust to the new league, culture and country. And after his historic season, yo

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Former Tiger Imports: Matt Hague

Name: Matthew Donald Hague Name (Japanese): マット・ヘイグ Date of Birth: August 20, 1985 Position: Third Base Height: 191 cm (6’3″) Weight: 102 kg (225 lb) Throws/Bats: Right/Right Wore #: 36 Originally signed by: Pittsburgh Pirate

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