Birthdays & Schedule: February 2018

Here’s a look at my Hanshin calendar, which highlights the birthdays of Hanshin players past and present, as well as the spring training schedule (days off & exhibition games). Hang in there, Tigers fans! Baseball season is almost here!!! Facebo

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Ohyama, Ishizaki Named to Samurai Japan Team

Reference articles found here and here For the first time in half a decade, the Hanshin Tigers have field representation on the all-Japan baseball team. It was announced on Tuesday (2/20) that Yusuke Ohyama (23) would be a member of the team that would pl

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Spring Training 2018 – Le Quatrieme Cours

It’s another precious day off for our heroes on the diamond, so let’s look back on the last few days of spring training action! First, the “news”: Newly acquired relief pitcher Diego Moreno looked good pitching in the bullpen and i

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Some of you may know that Valentine’s Day is a different celebration in Japan. Guys, in fact, get to be lazy and just wait for the women in their lives to give them chocolates and other sweets. This word “women” includes spouse, female s

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Spring Training 2018 – Le Troisieme Cours

Before we get to the highlights (yes, there were a couple of games!), here are the latest bits of news: – Manager Tomoaki Kanemoto has declared that Yusuke Ohyama will get a chance at third, which means moving ironman Takashi Toritani over to second

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Baseball Between the Numbers

Imagine if you could transport yourself back to 2005 and have all your baseball questions answered. That’s what this book is – a trip back in time giving you an insight into some of the earlier years of sabermetrics – at least in the eye

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Spring Training 2018 – Le Deuxieme Cours

It’s still just the beginning of spring training. And it’s still cold in mainland Japan. So because of the frozen nature of my fingers, and the lack of heaviness concerning any and all headlines, here’s what you missed, in short spurts:

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Around Koshien – Beat Tamashii Shop

“We don’t create officially licensed goods,” the store’s owner, Takeshi Matsuda (designerMa2da) explained to me. “Most of the gear you find in other shops are player-centered. I wanted to create items that were more fan-cente

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