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Former major league infielder Kazuo Matsui said Monday he hopes he can respond to his new club's expectations after rejoining Japanese baseball for the first time in eight years with the Rakuten Eagles. I want to play in as many games as possible,''
The Seibu Lions catcher was offered a four-year contract in his first meeting with the team last Thursday. He could make anywhere from ¥250 million to ¥800 million, depending on the number of innings he plays in for the Pacific League club. Hosokawa
Kazuo Matsui will return to Japanese baseball next year for the first time since 2003, the free agent infielder said Monday. Matsui, who had been keeping his options open on both sides of the Pacific, revealed no team names but confirmed he had no
Seibu Lions All-Star shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima said Friday he has given up on using the posting system this winter to make a move to the major leagues...The team has to okay it,'' Nakajima said at Seibu's autumn training camp in Nichinan, Miyazaki
Saitama Pref. (Kyodo) Seibu Lions shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima has agreed to return to the team next season, a senior club official said Friday. There had been media reports that the 28-year-old Nakajima, a member of Japan's 2009 World Baseball
The Seibu Lions' Yoshihiro Doi will hit free agency this offseason to take a shot at the major leagues, the left-hander said Monday. The 34-year-old Doi, who made 25 appearances in middle relief for the second-place Lions this season, is willing to
As the 2010 Japan pro baseball season draws to a close with its Climax and Japan Series, the thought occurred to me that maybe it is time for the Central League to join its Pacific League cousins and include the designated hitter rule in its games
The most disappointing postseason team of the short Climax Series era made an improbable late-season surge to capture the Pacfic League pennant and now everything is set up for the Hawks to reach the Japan Series for the first time since 2003.
The current era of American managers in Japan has come to an end with Marty Brown out as skipper of the Rakuten Eagles, and another "era" is ending in Japanese baseball with the disbanding of the Shonan Searex. The Yokohama BayStars have announced
Veteran lefty Kimiyasu Kudo, the oldest active player in Japanese baseball at age 47, will be left out of the Seibu Lions' plans for next season, a baseball source said Monday. According to a source, Kudo hopes to continue his career elsewhere and