Newcomer ‘Nori’ Aoki sparks atop Giants lineup

There’s a new spark atop the San Francisco Giants lineup. Through the Giants’ first nine games, Norichika “Nori” Aoki, the team’s newly-acquired outfielder, is leading the squad with a .405 batting average while starting every game as the team’s leadoff hitter. In the Giants home opener on April 13 at AT&T Park, the 33-year-old veteran […]

Aoki inks 1-year, $4.7 million deal with Giants

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — The San Francisco Giants said Jan. 19 they have signed outfielder Norichika Aoki to a one-year contract in which he will be guaranteed $4.7 million. The 33-year-old Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games. San Francisco has won world championships […]

FULL COUNT: Ishikawa and Guthrie make World Series history

The 2014 Fall Classic offered the Japanese American community a chance to see a few of their own on baseball’s biggest stage and witness a brief piece of history. With two outs and Brandon Belt on first in the bottom of the second inning of World Series Game 3, San Francisco Giants left fielder Travis […]

Ishikawa, Wong have huge impact in NL Championship Series

Two Asian American players not normally in the spotlight are taking center stage in the seesaw battle in the National League Championship Series. Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals and journeyman left fielder Travis Ishikawa of the San Francisco Giants were responsible for five of the combined nine runs their two […]

FULL COUNT: Bold predictions for Nakajima’s future

Back in December 2012, the Oakland Athletics signed Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million deal amid high hopes that the eight-time NPB All-Star would become the team’s everyday shortstop. Yet injuries and disappointing spring play has kept him in the minors while the likes of Jed Lowrie, Alberto Callaspo, Eric Sogard, Nick […]

FULL COUNT: The latest on trio of Japanese arms

A week after the All-Star break, three Japanese starting pitchers find themselves in very different situations. Just prior to the All-Star Game, the New York Yankees received the awful news that rookie right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (12-4) has a partially torn elbow ligament and there is no clear timeline for his return.  The Yankees are hopeful […]

Three named to All-Star Game

New York Yankees rookie pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish were selected to the MLB All-Star Game, the league announced July 6.  Tanaka (12-4, 2.51 ERA) leads the majors in wins and becomes the seventh Japanese player to be named an All-Star in his rookie season.  Darvish (8-4, 2.63 ERA) makes his […]

FULL COUNT: Mid-June report for three JA players

A trio of Japanese American major leaguers find themselves in very different situations at this point in the season. With the All-Star Game just over a month away, Minnesota Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki ranks fifth in votes among AL catchers. Known primarily for his defense, Suzuki is off to one of his best offensive starts […]

FULL COUNT: Darvish among Japanese arms shining early on

Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish (3-1) will get some extra rest before his next start after throwing 126 pitches in a one-hitter against the Boston Red Sox on May 9. Darvish, who has 54 strikeouts over 46.1 innings and a 2.33 ERA, lost his no-hit bid on a two-out single in the top of the […]

FULL COUNT: Minor leaguers to eye two weeks in

This week the Toronto Blue Jays recalled popular infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo after placing shortstop Jose Reyes on the 15-day disabled list. Kawasaki became a fan favorite last season for his late game heroics and classic postgame interviews. Over in Triple-A Sacramento, shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is off to a slow start, batting just […]

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