Rays Finalize Complete Overhaul Project

When GM Mike Branda was hired by owner Stuart Steinberg – the understanding between both parties was that this franchise had been spending too much money on talent that couldn’t bring home a championship. Steinberg was clear, he’d give Branda the leniency to make this roster his, if he could find the right value for the current high priced talent […]

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NPB Week One in Review (April 7th-14th, 2014)

So week one of the Nippon Professional League is in the books and so is the first 41 games. Early pacesetters in the Central League are the Tokyo Yakult Swallows who have only lost one of their opening seven games while the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters are 1/2 game ahead in the Pacific League with a 5-2 record.   The Swallows won the Central League last […]

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Opening Days woes for Hanshin in the NPB

It wasn’t a very good start to the Nippon Professional Baseball League‘s 2014 Opening Day in Hanshin. Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong as the Tigers crashed to a heavy defeat to Hiroshima Toyo Carp in their first outing under unknown rookie English GM, Nigel Laverick.   It wasn’t the best of starts to the day when the ultra fan groups filed in […]

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Hanshin Joins the Player Dash

The last few days before Opening Day in the Nippon Professional Baseball League is always a busy time for the GM’s of the 12 teams but this year the activity level has been really ramped up thanks to two developments in Japanese baseball – the increased media contract and the official link-up with the Ni-Gun League.   The new improved […]

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Tigers Hire Unknown English GM

Amid all the chaos of the American MLB Pro season’s Opening Day ending in uproar and the season being suspended the owners of the NPB’s Hanshin Tigers, Hanshin Electric Railway Co. Ltd, held a press conference to announce they had hired a new GM. The conference opened with the workers choir singing the Tigers fight song, The Wind of Mount Rokko. […]

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More Giant Changes Ahead for Yomiuri

Once again the Yomiuri Giants’ front office will have a new look to it as another American was recently tabbed to take over the franchise. Despite a bounce back season of sorts that saw the Giants go from 48 wins in 2012 to 90 in 2013, changes were made and now Patrick Ochs looks to build on the Giants’ recent success. […]

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