Rick van den Hurk on his way back, Balentien’s rehab start postponed

Rick van den Hurk, who got injured during a spring training game of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, pitched in a rehab game for the Hawks' farm team vs the farm team of the Chunichi Dragons. In seven innings, he shut out the Dragons, allowed only two hits and fanned thirteen batters. Van den Hurk signed …

Balentien sets foot on Japanese soil

Current single season record holder Wladimir Balentien arrived at Narita Airport with his wife and daughter today. He told the press that he is focusing on a complete recovery after he underwent surgery to his left achilles tendon. He said he will rather rehab and focus on getting healthy soon than rehab and being used …

Van den Hurk reports at new club

Rick van den Hurk arrived in Japan yesterday to join his new team, the Softbank Hawks from Fukuoka. Shortly after his arrival he joined a training session and introduced himself to his new team members. Today the six time Japnanese champion organized a press conference to introduce the 29-year old Dutch RHP. During the last …

Friendly match between Samurai Japan and Europe confirmed

Early January I wrote an article on the subject already, but during the presentation of the schedule and logo of the premier twelve tournament, it was confirmed that a friendly match will be played between the best Japanese players and a selection of European (professional) players. The team will mainly contain Dutch and Italian players …

Logo and schedule Premier 12 presented

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) presented the logo of the new "world championship tournament" called the Premier 12. This tournament will be played in Taiwan and Japan and the best twelve baseball countries of the world will participate. The first round and the quarter-finals will be staged in Taiwan. The semi-finals and …

Sadaharu Oh inducted in Taiwanese Hall of Fame

    Sadaharu Oh and his typical stance Despite being born in Tokyo in 1940, Sadaharu Oh has been inducted to the Taiwanese Baseball Hall of Fame. I hear you wonder: "why?" Well, he was the son of a Chinese (Taiwanese) father and a Japanese mother. Despite the fact that he never played in Taiwan, Oh …

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