Fans will be able to root for the Nippon-Ham Fighters (Nippon Professional Baseball) from the comfort of soaking in a natural hot spring up to their necks when its new stadium opens in March 2023. Read more here.
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The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters (Nippon Professional Baseball) announced Monday a basic design for their new ballpark to be completed in the spring of 2023 as Japan’s second with a retractable roof. Read more here.
Baseball players and fans at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo have something to cheer about: a new ballpark. Yokota Field, a 27-month, Japanese government-funded project that cost more than $10 million, opened Friday with a grand-opening celebration on the base’s east side. Read more and view photos here.
Like America, Japan loves baseball, maybe even a little bit more than the country that invented it. And while the game is played the same way, much else about Japanese baseball is incredibly different. Read more here.
Yokohama Stadium in Naka Ward, Yokohama, Japan, has become a top candidate to host baseball in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, an official source said Monday. Baseball and softball, which have not been played at the Olympics since 2008, are among the sports that 2020 organizers have nominated for the Tokyo Games in addition to the core Olympic program. Yokohama Stadium is the home of Nippon Professional Baseball’s DeNA BayStars. Read more here.
The International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Monday approved the venues for eight more sports on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic program, but baseball and softball still await the call. Because of the popularity of the sports in Japan, they are seen as possible favorites to be reinstated in time for the 2020 Summer Games. Read more here
PRESS RELEASE – The Coastal Plain League announced today that three of its ballparks will host games of USA-Japan International Friendship Series this summer. Continue reading
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ruling party are apparently open-minded about how to revive Japan’s economy. Sportswriter Seijun Ninomiya told Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers Friday that adding four more teams to Japan’s current 12 could reinvigorate regional economies and keep more Japanese players from signing with U.S. teams. Read more here.
Uganda was not the only beneficiary of dollars from Japan to build a new baseball facility. The first-ever baseball stadium in Sri Lanka and also in South Asia was opened recently at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Sports Complex in Diyagama with funds provided under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects (GCGP). Read more here. View photo gallery here.
The Uganda Baseball & Softball Association has received a $120,000 grant from Japan to build the first baseball facility of its kind in East and Central Africa. A groundbreaking ceremony, which was attended by the Japanese ambassador to Uganda, was held at the construction site in Gayaza last Friday. Read more here.
We don’t typically talk about player issues here, but any proposal that could keep foreign players from coming to the U.S. to play baseball is worth a note. To keep talented players at home, Japanese baseball officials are considering stricter rules for amateur players who bypass the country’s professional leagues to play in Major League Baseball. Read more here.