Browsing posts tagged: Card Of The Week
Card Of The Week March 19

Wladimir Balentien was named the MVP of Pool E of the World Baseball Classic this past week.  He went 8-13 in the three games in Tokyo with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.  Overall for the tournament he’s hitting .591, which leads all batters with m…

Card Of The Week March 12

Sho Nakata appears to like playing on the international stage.  In the 2015 Premier 12, he hit .429 with 3 home runs and 15 RBIs in 8 games.  In four games so far in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, he’s hitting .357 with 3 home runs and 8 RB…

Card Of The Week March 5

NPB Reddit shared an article from the Japan Times a little over a month ago about Kawasaki Stadium and a famous pair of games there.  Kawasaki Stadium was built in the early 1950’s and was home to first the Taiyo Whales (before they moved to Yokoh…

Card Of The Week February 26

It’s a bit of old news now but the Brisbane Bandits swept the Melbourne Aces two games to none to win the Australian Baseball League championship for the 2016-17 season.  The Bandits won their second consecutive Claxton Shield under the leadership…

Card Of The Week February 19

75 years ago today President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which lead to the relocation and internment of around 120,000 people of Japanese descent who were mostly living on the US west coast at the time, roughly two thirds of whom were Am…

Card Of The Week February 12

I came across this oversized (3 12 inches by 5 1/2 inches) bromide card of Tetsuharu Kawakami a little while back when I was doing research for my post on the Giants uniforms.  As far as I can tell the card is uncatalogued.  Assuming that the…

Card Of The Week February 5

Hiromitsu Ochiai’s tenure as Dragons GM ended on Tuesday as the three year contract he signed after the 2013 season expired.  Ochiai had been the most successful manager in Dragons history between 2004 and 2011 – he lead the team to the Nippon Ser…

Card Of The Week January 29

Former Orix Buffaloes, Fukuoka Softbank Hawk and Seattle Mariners player Dae-Ho Lee is returning to Korea and his original team, the Lotte Giants.  Lee has spent the past five seasons away from the KBO – four seasons in NPB with Orix and Softbank …

Card Of The Week January 22

I’ve been trying to follow the Australian Baseball League this winter and I’ve been listening to the Strike Zone Australia podcast lately.  It’s a weekly podcast with player and coach interviews and a wrap up of each week’s action.  A couple …

Card Of The Week January 15

When Prince Fielder retired last summer due to a herniated disk in his neck, I immediately thought of former Hanshin Tigers outfielder Norihiro Akahoshi.  Akahoshi had been forced to retire in 2009 after suffering a similar neck injury. BBM did a …

Card Of The Week January 8

Several years back I discovered that the Lotte Orions had employed a former Olympic sprinter named Hideo Iijima as a pinch runner between 1969 and 1971.  I compared Iijima to Herb Washington, the sprinter that Charlie O. Finley had brought in to p…

Card Of The Week January 1

Happy New Year to everyone!2016 was bookended for me by a couple business trips to Arizona.  I spent about two weeks in Yuma back at the end of January and beginning of February and had two trips to the Tucson area in late October/early November. …

Card Of The Week December 18

Kia Tigers pitcher Hyeon-Jung Yang was strongly considering making a move to NPB this off season and was close to a deal with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars but he backed off at the last minute.  He apparently decided to stay in the KBO and help Kia w…

Card Of The Week December 11

When I did my post on the 2016 NPB Award winners a few weeks back, I neglected to mention that Kris Johnson of the Carp had won the Sawamura Award.  The award was announced in late October and it just kind of slipped my mind.  Here’s his card…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

Card Of The Week October 16

The matchup for this year’s Nippon Series is set with the Central League (and Climax Series) Champion Hiroshima Toyo Carp taking on the Pacific League (and Climax Series) Champion Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.  Not sure who’s the favorite but I wi…

Card Of The Week October 9

The Saitama Seibu Lions named Hatsuhiko Tsuji as their new manager last week.  Tsuji was the second round pick of the Lions in the fall 1983 draft (Hisanobu Watanabe who managed the Lions from 2008-13 was the first round pick that year) and played…

Card Of The Week October 2

The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters clinched the Pacific League pennant last Wednesday behind the outstanding pitching of Shohei Ohtani.  Ohtani threw a complete game, 1 hit shutout of the Lions to give the team their first first place finish since 2…

Card Of The Week September 25

The Yokohama DeNA Baystars clinched a playoff spot last week,  This is the first time that the Baystars have made the Climax Series since the Central League adopted the playoff format in 2007.  The last time the Baystars played beyo…

Card Of The Week September 18

The Shikoku Island League was the first independent minor league in Japan.  It started up in 2005.  While there’s been sets issued for each team over the years (in a similar manner to how US minor league teams issue team sets), BBM has never …

Card Of The Week September 11

The Carp clinched first place in the Central League yesterday.  This is the first time that the Carp will finish the season in first since 1991.  I thought I’d share a couple cards that show the celebration from that year – one is from the 20…

Card Of The Week September 4

The battle for the Pacific League Home Run crown has been getting entertaining in the last week or so.  Ernesto Mejia of the Lions and Brandon Laird of the Fighters both hit their 30th home run of the season last week end.  Both of them homer…

Card Of The Week August 28

Thursday’s game between the Eagles and Hawks took a kind of unexpected turn late in the game.  The Hawks were up 5 to 4 going into the top of the ninth which is normally time for Dennis Sarfate to come in and close the door.  Unfortunately fo…

Card Of The Week August 21

I went to the Cardinals – Phillies game last Friday night up in Philadelphia.  I was hoping to get a chance to see former Samsung Lion and Hanshin Tiger reliever Seung-Hwan Oh pitch for the Cardinals – especially since Oh has been the Cardinals cl…

Card Of The Week August 14

The Chunichi Dragons have been having a very poor season so far this year and last week their manager, Motonobu Tanishige, resigned after being asked to step down.  He is being replaced on an interim basis by head coach Shigekazu Mori.  Rumor…

Card Of The Week August 7

The National High School Baseball Championship tournament (better known as Summer Koshien) kicked off today in Nishinomiya.  This tournament is hugely popular and many NPB players made a name for themselves here before they became professiona…

Card Of The Week July 31

I ordered a book off of Amazon Japan a while back called something like “Nostalgic Stadiums Of Kansai”.  It’s a mostly picture book showing vintage photos of the various former (and one current) ballparks in the Kansai area – Koshien Stadium, Hank…

Card Of The Week July 24

Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh had a pretty good week last week.  On Tuesday he hit two solo home runs against the Swallows, the second one accounting for the winning run in the top of the ninth in the Baystars 9-8 win.  On Wednesday he again hit t…

Card Of The Week July 17

The All Star games were played this weekend in Japan,  The Central League beat the Pacific League 5-4 in Game One on Friday and the two leagues tied 5-5 in Game Two yesterday,  Among the highlights was Takumi Kuriyama of the Lions hitting a t…