Pro Baseball Season To Open With No Spectators

Pro baseball season to open with no spectators

Japan's professional baseball teams have agreed to hold games without spectators this season due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Representatives of the 12 clubs reached the agreement in an online meeting on Thursday. They discussed recommendations from infectious disease experts that games be held without spectators for a while once the season opens.

Japanese Pro Baseball Players Test Positive

Japanese pro baseball players test positive

NHK has learned that three Japanese professional baseball players have tested positive for the coronavirus. They are the country's first baseball players known to be infected.

Among them is Shintaro Fujinami of the Hanshin Tigers. He was reportedly tested on Thursday after consulting with a doctor. He had been complaining of being unable to smell the aroma of coffee for several days.

Japan Pro Baseball Player Tests Positive For Virus

Japan pro baseball player tests positive for virus

A source familiar with Japanese professional baseball says a pitcher has become the country's first player of the sport to test positive for the new coronavirus.

Shintaro Fujinami of the Hanshin Tigers underwent the test at the advice of a doctor on Thursday.

Spring High School Baseball Tournament Canceled

Spring high school baseball tournament canceled

The organizers of Japan's annual spring invitational high school baseball tournament have canceled this year's event amid the spread of the new coronavirus.

The organizers planned to hold the popular event at Koshien Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, without spectators in response to the outbreak.

Ioc Head May Watch Olympic Baseball In Fukushima

IOC head may watch Olympic baseball in Fukushima

NHK has learned that arrangements are under way for International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach to watch the 2020 Olympics' first baseball game, which will take place in Fukushima Prefecture.

An underlying theme of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics is recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan and triggered a nuclear accident in Fukushima.

Start Of Japanese Pro Baseball Season Postponed

Start of Japanese pro baseball season postponed

Japan's professional baseball season will start later than scheduled amid fears of the new coronavirus outbreak. The season was due to open on March 20.

Representatives of 12 pro baseball clubs met in Tokyo on Monday and unanimously decided to delay the start of the season and aim to open in April.

Soccer, Baseball Advised To Delay Season Openings

Soccer, baseball advised to delay season openings

A panel of experts says Japan's professional baseball and J-League soccer should postpone the start of their official seasons scheduled for next week due to the spread of the new coronavirus.

A liaison task force of the two sports groups held a second meeting behind closed doors on Monday to work together in responding to the outbreak.

Japanese Top Baseball Players Today

Japanese Top Baseball Players TodayProfessional baseball started in Japan in 1920. The Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club was founded in 1934. It played a crucial role in the growth of the sport in the Asian country. Baseball teams from the U.S. like the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox have visited upcoming Japanese baseball teams over the years. Betway88 offers team lineups and schedules for Japanese baseball teams. The following are four top Japanese baseball players today.

Ichiro Returns To Amatuer Baseball

Ichiro returns to amatuer baseball

Former US Major League outfielder Ichiro Suzuki showed off his pitching and batting skills in his first amateur game after retiring as a professional player.

Suzuki and his team played a high school faculty team on Sunday in the city of Kobe in western Japan, the home ground of his former Japan team, the Orix Buffaloes.

Baseball Star Ichiro Announces Retirement

Baseball star Ichiro announces retirement

Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki of the US Major Leagues' Seattle Mariners has announced his retirement.

The 45-year-old outfielder held a news conference after the second of the two-game Opening Series against the Oakland Athletics finished in Tokyo on Thursday.

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki Intends To Retire

Baseball star Ichiro Suzuki intends to retire

NHK has learned that Japanese Major Leaguer Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners has told team officials he intends to retire.

The 45-year-old veteran is scheduled to hold a news conference after his team's match against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in Tokyo.