Film shines spotlight on ‘Japan’s Field of Dreams’

At first glance, “Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams” is a documentary film about Japan’s wildly popular high school baseball tournament that has captivated the nation every summer for more than 100 years.  But beyond the balls and strikes and bases on balls, this 94-minute 2019 film now playing in virtual cinemas in San Francisco and […]

Kim Ng joins Miami Marlins as MLB’s first woman general manager

She is also the second person of Asian descent to lead a Major League team MIAMI — The Miami Marlins have pledged to build as diverse an organization as possible. On Nov. 13, they made history by announcing Kim Ng as their new general manager. Ng is the first woman to become an MLB general […]

In third trip, Roberts leads Dodgers to first World Series title in 32 years

The third time’s a charm for Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts, who led the Dodgers to their first World Series championship since 1988 Oct. 29, defeating American League champs the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in the six-game series. The victory came in Roberts’ third trip to the World Series in four years at the helm […]

Ohtani falters in return to the mound

OAKLAND, Calif. — With the return of Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani made his much-anticipated return to the mound July 26 in Oakland. Ohtani, a right-handed pitcher and left-handed hitter, made his 2020 pitching debut against the Athletics but failed to get out of the first inning and ultimately lost […]

FAST PITCH: Five more to watch

Here are five more athletes of Asian descent to watch. Ashima Shiraishi, rock climber, USAAlready one of the premier rock climbers in the world at just 18, Shiraishi has been a competitive climber since she was just seven years old. Known for her bouldering and lead climbing abilities, she is perhaps most famous for her […]

A’s celebrate Japanese Heritage Night against Ohtani and the Angels

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics celebrated Japanese Heritage Night at the Oakland Coliseum Sept. 4 during a 4-0 win against the Los Angeles Angels in partnership with the Nichi Bei Foundation and other community organizations. The event included pre-game taiko performances, free special Japanese Heritage Night T-shirts, and a ceremonial first pitch by Consul […]

Nikkei Brewers Yelich and Hiura having monster seasons in Majors

After taking the Los Angeles Dodgers to a full seven games in the 2018 National League Championship Series, the Milwaukee Brewers entered the 2019 Major League Baseball Season with high hopes. Those hopes hinge on a talented roster that includes Nikkei players Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura.

Lodi JACL Templars honor 442nd Regimental Combat Team on opening day

LODI, Calif. — On a mild summer 85-degree Lodi morning, the Northern California Japanese American Baseball League had its opening day for the 2019 season. The Lodi JACL Templars hosted the Fresno Sansei at Tony Zupo stadium June 9. Pre-game ceremonies celebrated and honored the connection between the Lodi JACL baseball team and the 442nd […]

Ichiro announces retirement, sent off with ovation

TOKYO — Iconic Japanese superstar Ichiro Suzuki, who has more hits in professional baseball than any other Japanese player, walked away from his career to thunderous applause on March 21 “When I look back on it, 28 years doesn’t seem that long a time,” he said after the game. “It’s impossible to review every step […]

Ichiro’s final bow

TOKYO, Japan — Over four games here in Japan, Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-12. He got on base once with a walk, struck out twice with a runner on second, and still, when it was all over, the crowd went crazy. For some time, the 45-year-old said he intended to keep playing until he needed to […]

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