The Hanshin Tigers of the NPB during a game

Out of the Playoffs, Still in Our Hearts– NPB Season Update Week of 10/10

The coronavirus pandemic took center stage again in the NPB this week. Last week, the Hanshin Tigers were dealing with a cluster of cases within their organization. Captain Kento Itohara was among the players...
Yomiuri Giants Tomoyuki Sugano in NPB play

Playoff Playmakers– NPB Season Update Week of 10/2

Despite 5 Hanshin Tigers players shockingly testing positive for COVID-19, the team managed to put together a winning week in the NPB with its piecemeal squad. In series against the Swallows, Dragons and Giants,...
Photo of the Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants

Corona Comes Back– NPB Season Update Week of 9/26

Man, Oh Man, was I wrong about the Yomiuri Giants.  The Central League powerhouse now lead the Hanshin Tigers by 13.5 games with less than 1/3 of the season left to play. The Giants went...
Photo of the Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants

Welcome Back, Fans– NPB Season Update Week of 9/20

Nippon Professional Baseball’s 12 teams have dug themselves into the trenches in recent weeks and the standings don’t seem to be changing.  The Yomiuri Giants have stepped into a double-digit lead in the Central League....
Yoshihiro Maru of the Yomiuri Giants at an at bat

Giants, Hawks and Marines control standings– NPB Season Update Week of 9/13

With little change in the standings this week, the NPB playoff picture looks much the same as it has all season.  The Yomiuri Giants have run away with the Central League and hold a 9.5...

Eye of the Tigers: Hanshin Shakes Up the Standings- NPB Season Update Week of...

We’re past the halfway point in the NPB season and it’s a bad time to be a Baystar.  In their last 6 games, Yokohama is 1-4-1 and it’s fallen out of 2nd place in the...