T-Ray recaps the 6 games over the past week (3 @ Dragons, 3 @ Giants), chooses a player of the week, shares the latest team news, and then talks about what Hanshin needs to do in order to be in contention for the pennant at the end of 2017. How many wins
The good news: facing Yomiuri on the weekend has meant being able to avoid ace Sugano 2 series in a row. The bad news: it would mean facing other pitchers that the Tigers generally fare poorly against: Mikolas and Taguchi. The question is, would we be abl
Having read only one Katsuya Nomura book prior to this one (and not liking it much), I picked this one up only because of the man’s reputation as a great thinking player and manager. His obnoxious octogenarian rants, I can do without. Well, this book co
Last season, Hanshin won just 5 of 13 matches in Nagoya against the dismal Chunichi Dragons. But the hard times at the dome go back further than one season. In the 20 years of the Dome’s existence, Hanshin has put up a pitiful 82-153-5 record ther
On Tuesday night, Hanshin Tigers third baseman Takashi Toritani tied his manager Tomoaki Kanemoto for the second longest consecutive games streak in NPB history with 1766. (The top spot is held by Hiroshima Carp legend Sachio Kinugasa, with 2215 games.) T
T-Ray talks news, recaps the 5 games over the past week (2 @ BayStars, 3 vs. Carp), chooses a player of the week, and then talks about what Hanshin should do with import Eric Campbell. What’s your take on his fate with the team? Send us an e-mail (t
After every Hanshin Tigers win, the crowd (especially in the right field stands) sing through the cheer songs of all that day’s starting lineup, followed by the team song, Rokko Oroshi. Here’s a video from after today’s win.
The last time Hanshin won a 3-game series against the red helmets was almost a year ago. Since then, nothing but misery. Errors, defense, pitching, hitting, everything cost us at least a game or two. And despite winning the season opener against the Carp,
Last year, I had the pleasure (and sometimes pain) of digging deep into team history to learn about some of the all-time greats. The fruits of my labor are an entire section of the website dedicated to legendary players and elite (and notorious) imports.
Last year, the Tigers had success against just one team that finished higher than them in the standings: The Yokohama DeNA BayStars. This year, the hope was that the BayStars (along with the rest of the CL) would sit below Hanshin in the standings. The fi