FULL COUNT: Japan’s chance for Classic three-peat gets tougher

Japan will have to win this spring without the marquee players that helped them in the past. This week New York Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda and free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki announced they will not play for the two-time champion in the World Baseball Classic becoming the latest Japanese stars to opt out of the […]

FULL COUNT: Gold Glove and Transactions

Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney added a Gold Glove Award to his trophy case after going 141 games without an error. In October he received the Fielding Bible Award for his defense. Texas starter Yu Darvish will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic this spring, choosing instead to focus on preparing for next […]

FULL COUNT: Giants win and offseason begins

On Oct. 28, the Giants completed their historic four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers, bringing San Francisco its second World Series title in three years. Although there were no Japanese players in the Fall Classic, assistant trainer Taira Uematsu and team acupuncturist Haro Ogawa earned their second rings as members of the Giants staff. The […]

What happens when goodwill and baseball collide?

BANZAI BABE RUTH: BASEBALL, ESPIONAGE, & ASSASSINATION DURING THE 1934 TOUR OF JAPAN By Robert K. Fitts (Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press, 2012, 368 pp., $34.95, hardcover) Some 17 years after Nomo opened the door for Japanese players into the Major Leagues, author Robert K. Fitts has written his third book on the subject […]

Seattle Mariners deal Ichiro to Yankees

SEATTLE (Kyodo) — Seattle Mariners icon Ichiro Suzuki was traded to the New York Yankees on July 23. The 38-year-old outfielder, a 10-time All-Star with the Mariners, whom he joined in 2001, was dealt in exchange for cash and two minor league prospects after Suzuki requested Seattle trade him. Suzuki, the American League’s 2001 rookie […]

Catching up with Godzilla

It’s taken a while for Oakland A’s designated hitter Hideki “Godzilla” Matsui to cause terror on the basepaths. In his debut season with the Athletics, the former World Series MVP with the New York Yankees hasn’t shown much of his previous penchant for the long ball, which saw him blast 50 homeruns in his last […]

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