Lotte wins Game 7 to take Japan Series title

NAGOYA — Yoshifumi Okada hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the 12th inning as the persistent Lotte Marines prevailed to beat the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 in Game 7 to clinch their first Japan Series title in five years on Nov. 7. The Marines, who won the series four games to two with one tie, became […]

Lin makes pro debut on Asian Heritage Night

OAKLAND — Rarely in the NBA do the final minutes of an early season blowout feel so consequential, but judging from the roar of the crowd in Oracle Arena Oct. 29, the Warriors could have been down to the wire in a playoff game. Why were Golden State fans unleashing pandemonium when their team held […]

Ichiro reaches 200 hits for 10th straight season

TORONTO (Kyodo) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki extended his major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to 10 on Sept. 23 after going 2-for-5 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Suzuki, who came into the game with 198 hits, also tied Pete Rose for the most career 200-hit seasons after hitting a double down the […]

Kurt bests Ichiro in battle of the Suzukis on Nichi Bei Foundation Day with the A’s

OAKLAND — The first inning set the tone for the Sept. 6 tilt between AL West rivals Oakland and Seattle. In the top half, Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki completed an inning-ending double play by throwing out Mariners speedster Ichiro Suzuki on an attempt to steal second. In the bottom half, the home team put up […]

Hometown hospitality: A’s fan embraces dream job

In the Oakland Coliseum, Kara Tsuboi is larger than life. At every Athletics home game, her visage graces two jumbotrons mounted atop the stadium, appearing on the massive screens before first pitch and during inning breaks. When she materializes high above the field, her image projected from somewhere down in the stands, she might be […]

Catching up with Oakland A’s rising star Kurt Suzuki

When the Nichi Bei Times first interviewed Kurt Suzuki in 2007, he was still a rookie — a fledgling major leaguer given the hefty responsibility of taking over as the starting catcher for the Oakland A’s. Now, roughly three years later, the situation is entirely different. At only 26 years old, Suzuki is still about […]

Opinion: The firing of Don Wakamatsu

In the end, I’m just sad the Mariners felt they had to fire manager Don Wakamatsu. I wanted to believe the front office saddled him with a roster of players who just couldn’t hit, and who especially couldn’t hit with runners in scoring position, but I’m told by those close to the team that the manager concurred in those […]

Wakamatsu, the first Asian American manager in the Major Leagues, fired

Nichi Bei Weekly Report The historic tenure of the first Asian American manager in the major leagues came to an abrupt halt Aug. 9, the very day that the Seattle Mariners hosted the Oakland A’s in celebration of Japanese Heritage Night. On an occasion when Seattle skipper Don Wakamatsu expected to honor his Japanese roots, […]

Kubota keeps an eye out

For professional sports teams, being prepared for the future can often be as important as being ready for the present. Without a constantly renewing cycle of young players, it can be very difficult for a professional sports team to stay at the top. Also, with amateur drafts gathering more attention every year, the role of […]

Warriors Sign Jeremy Lin from Harvard

As the much anticipated NBA draft ended roughly a month ago with big names like John Wall and Evan Turner being picked at the top of their draft class, Jeremy Lin went unnoticed and undrafted. Despite having solid stats at the college level and being selected to the All-Conference first team, few thought he would […]

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