Peter Gammons: WBC breaks through to show us something

The fact that Team U.S.A. won isn’t the point. Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer may have played with the fervor and passion of flag-waving Olympic moments from Jesse Owens to David Silk clearing the defensive zone to make real beliefs in miracles, but this isn’t the same. If there were a Cuban-American team in the […]

The Beauty of Imperfection

The following contribution comes from University of Virginia student, Jake Lighter. You can read more from Jake on Baseball Essential.  As the old and quite well worn platitude goes, “Be careful what you wish for.” I am, of course, referring to Major League Baseball’s replay system. A system that has plagued Baseball games with one […]

Kuroda Quietly Brilliant During MLB Tenure

Seven years ago, Hiroki Kuroda began his MLB career with little of the fanfare that has accompanied other Japanese players who decided to compete stateside. The Hiroshima Toyo Carp starter wasn’t a pioneer like Hideo Nomo, a multi-time batting champ and MVP like Ichiro, or a twenty-something Sawamura Award winner like Daisuke Matsuzaka and Yu […]

Japan All-Star Series 2014: Team MLB Roster

Tomorrow starts the Japanese Tour for Team MLB, as they play an exhibition game against the joint-team of the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants. This comes ahead of the revival of a long time tradition between Japanese Baseball and the MLB. The MLB All-Stars are set to play “Samurai Japan” (Japan All-Stars) in a 5-game […]

Aliens invade ballpark and are ejected (no, not in Arizona)

NHK野球中継で面白いプレー来た。 — 片岡K (@kataoka_k) May 6, 2014   Some aliens invaded a ballpark in Japan and seemed to be enjoying the game until security guards at the ballpark removed them and they were never seen again. Does Roswell have a baseball team?

Tanaka Wins with Deep Arsenal in MLB Debut

Masahiro Tanaka‘s splitter has acquired near-mythical status. The split, so rarely thrown stateside (just 1.5% of total pitches last season), was a prime reason why the Yankees invested $175 million in the 25-year-old Rakuten Golden Eagles ace. The first one Tanaka tossed in the majors, however, sailed over the right-center field wall at the Rogers Centre off Melky […]

The Incredible Masahiro Tanaka

When you take a second to look at the numbers and think about it, one might say that Masahiro Tanaka’s 2013 season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles was perhaps one of the best seasons by any pitcher, in any league, ever… W L GS CG IP ERA WHIP HR BB K 24 0 27 8 212 […]