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Wayne Graczyk’s Japan Pro Ball Media Guide 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 lastÂ

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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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Episode 57 – What to Do with Campbell?

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

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Singing Victory Songs

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. Facebook Com

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Norihiro Akahoshi – The Decision

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.

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