Monthly Archives: April 2017

Monthly Hanshin Tigers – May 2017

A month of the 2017 season is already in the rearview mirror. If anyone had told me at season’s start that Hanshin would play .500 ball (or better) against the Carp (3-3) and Giants (3-2) combined, I’d have taken it to the bank. And now I can!

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Campbell’s First RBI

I was fortunate enough to have pretty good seats at Thursday night’s Hanshin vs. Yokohama tilt. I was also lucky to have my camera on the new import Eric Campbell for his entire at bat that ended in his first career RBI. Check it out:

You Need This Book!

Those of you out there who follow Japanese baseball in English have probably heard the name Wayne Graczyk. And if you’ve heard his name, you’ve probably also heard about his tragic passing last Tuesday night / Wednesday morning. Here are a fe

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Episode 58 – Keys to Pennant Contention

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

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Katsuya Nomura – Thinking Baseball

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

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Toritani NPB’s 2nd Greatest Ironman Ever

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

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