Posts in category: Japanese Baseball Cards
Ryosuke Morioka

Swallows infielder Ryosuke Morioka is another player who announced his retirement back in September.  Morioka was originally drafted out of high school by the Chunichi Dragons in the first round of the fall 2002 draft.  I believe that he was …

Kenta Kurihara

Back to the retiring players…Kenta Kurihara announced his retirement a few months back.  Kurihara was taken by the Carp in the third round of the fall 1999 draft.  He didn’t make his debut with the ichi-gun team until late 2002 and didn’t r…

RIP Hiroshi Arakawa

Hiroshi Arakawa has passed away at age 86.  Arakawa had had a nine year career as an outfielder with the Mainichi/Daimai Orions between 1953 and 1961 (he was an All Star in 1953) and managed Yakult for a couple years in the mid-1970’s.  He is…

Card Of The Week December 4

I mentioned the other day that Shohei Ohtani was a near unanimous winner of the Pacific League MVP award this year.  He was listed as the top choice on 253 of the 254 total valid ballots submitted.   The question that has probably now jumped …

Shinobu Fukuhara

Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shinobu Fukuhara announced his retirement back in September.  Fukuhara was the third round pick of the Tigers out of Toyo University in the fall 1998 draft.  He worked out of the bullpen his first season and bounced bac…

2016 Award Winners

The MVPs and Rookies Of The Year were announced this week.  Shohei Ohtani of the Fighters was the near unanimous choice in the Pacific League and Takahiro Arai of the Carp won in the Central League.2016 BBM 1st Version #0292016 BBM 1st Version #25…

Jun Hirose

Jun Hirose of the Carp is yet another player calling it a career.  Hirose attended Hosei University of the Tokyo Big Six collegiate league where he won the Triple Crown as a junior in (I think) the spring season of 2000.  He also was a member…

Takahiro Suzuki

Long time Giants outfielder/pinch runner Takahiro Suzuki retired after this year’s Climax Series.  Suzuki was drafted as an infielder out of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture High School in the fourth round of the fall 1996 draft by the Giants.  He …

Card Of The Week November 27

NBP announced the Best 9 teams last Friday.  For those who don’t know, the Best 9 Awards are basically a post-season All Star team.  There’s one player at each position in each league (hence the “9” although the Pacific League picks a DH as w…

Kazunari Tsuruoka

Hanshin Tigers catcher Kazunari Tsuroka has decided to hang up his cleats after a 21 year career in NPB.  He was the fifth round draft pick for the Yokohama Baystars in the fall 1995 draft out of Shinko Gakuen High School.  He didn’t debut wi…

Takashi Kawai

Yet another long time NPB player who retired at the end of the 2016 season is Eagles pitcher Takashi Kawai.  Kawai was drafted out of Josai University in the third round of the fall 1998 draft by the Marines (their first two picks in the draft tha…

Byung-Kyu Lee

Long time LG Twin and one time Chunichi Dragon Byung-Kyu Lee announced his retirement this week.  Lee was the first round pick of LG in the 1997 KBO draft out of Dankook University.  He was a star from the beginning, hitting .305 in 1997 and …

Yoshikazu Kura

Long time Carp catcher Yoshikazu Kura is yet another 2016 retiree.  Kura was drafted by the Carp in the fifth round of the fall 1997 draft out of Kyoto Sangyo University.  He spent much of his career toiling for the ni-gun Carp – the only sea…

Atsushi Okamoto

Another player who retired as of the end of the 2016 season was Saitama Seibu Lions pitcher Atsushi Okamoto.  Okamoto was a sixth round pick of the Lions in the fall 2003 draft out of Meiji University.  He didn’t pitch particularly well his f…

Card Of The Week November 20

The Australian Baseball League kicked off its 2016-17 season last Thursday.  As usual there are a handful of former NPB and/or KBO players in the league – Mitch Dening, Hei-Chun Lee and Loek Van Mil are with Adelaide while Gyeon-Wan Lim is with Sy…

More New Stuff

A couple other upcoming releases of note:- BBM is not doing their traditional “Historic Collection” set this year but they are still going to do an OB set.  It’s called “Time Travel 1975” and as the name suggests, it’s a set dedicated to 1975. &nb…

Satoshi Komatsu

Orix Buffalo pitcher Satoshi Komatsu is another retiring player who, like Yudai Kawai, had pretty much only one good season in their career.  Komatsu played for JR Kyushu in the industrial leagues after graduating from Kokushikan University. &nbsp…

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda of the Carp is another player who hung up his spikes at the end of the season – his final appearance was his start in Game Three of the Nippon Series.  His retirement ceremony was at the end of the Carp’s Central League Championship …

Yudai

Yudai Kawai of the Dragons announced his retirement in late September after being told by the team that he was not in their plans for 2017.  Kawai has had a somewhat odd career since being drafted by the Dragons out of the corporate leagues in the…

Saburo

Saburo Ohmura of the Marines announced his retirement back on September 1st.  He was drafted out of PL Gakuen High School in the first round of the fall 1994 draft by Lotte.  He registered his name as “Saburo” since there was another player w…

Daisuke Miura

Things have finally settled down at work – the testing is over and my trips to Arizona have come to an end as well.  Time to start getting caught up on all the guys who retired at the end of the 2016 season – luckily this isn’t as long a list as l…

Card Of The Week November 13

Samurai Japan played four “friendly games” over the last four days at the Tokyo Dome – two with Mexico on Thursday and Friday and two with the Netherlands yesterday and today.  They went 3-1 over the four games, losing only the first game to Mexic…

A Couple New Items

A couple new items that got announced/released while I wasn’t looking…- BBM’s latest “Authentic Edition” box set is for the Baystars.  It’s called Evolution and will contain 28 cards – 27 cards in the base set and 1 “special” card that could be …

Card Of The Week November 6

Former Fighters and Royals manager Trey Hillman was named manager of the KBO’s SK Wyverns a couple of weeks ago.  Hillman is the second foreign manager in the KBO, following Jerry Royster’s stint running the Lotte Giants from 2008 to 2010.  H…

Card Of The Week October 30

This year’s edition of the Nippon Series ended yesterday with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters defeating the Hiroshima Toyo Carp 4 games to 2.  The Fighters won their first championship since 2006 and only the third in franchise history (the …

Late New Stuff

As usual I’ve gotten behind on new stuff.  Three of the six sets I’m going to talk about were actually released this week.- On Thursday BBM released a box set commemorating the Carp’s first Central League pennant in 25 year.  I’m not quite su…

Sayanora Home Runs In The Nippon Series

As you probably have already heard, Game Five of this year’s Nippon Series ended yesterday on a walk off grand slam by Haruki Nishikawa of the Fighters.  Nishikawa’s blast was the second walk off grand slam in Nippon Series history and the second …

Calbee Card Albums

I’ve been wanting for a while to talk about Calbee card albums.  Calbee has offered card albums as redemption prizes ever since they first started publishing cards in 1973.  Based on posts from Ryan and Sean it looks like the albums had …

Card Of The Week October 23

The first two games of this year’s Nippon Series have been played and so far it’s been all Carp.  Hiroshima has won both games by identical scores of 5-1.  The Series will resume on Tuesday in Sapporo.The TV coverage showed footage of previou…

2016 BBM Team Sets

After last year’s experiment with buying each of BBM’s pack based team sets went so well, I decided to do it again this year.  Like last year, the only way I was able to do this was because Ryan doggedly tracked down every set for me and…

2016 Calbee Series Three

Going to start getting caught up on posts I wanted to to while in testing hell but seeing as I’ll be on the road next week, I don’t think I’m going to get very far…Calbee Series Three was released about a month ago.  At 88 cards, it’s the same s…