Discussions are under way in Japan on whether to limit the number on pitches per pitcher in high school baseball games to try to prevent injuries.
An organizer in Niigata Prefecture on the Japan Sea coast announced in December that it plans to introduce a cap of 100 pitches, starting this coming season.
On February 13, Becky (34) announced that she has gotten married to baseball coach Kataoka Yasuyuki (35).
Becky uploaded a photo of a bird onto Instagram and announced, "It's a personal matter, but I recently married minor league Yomiuri Giants coach Yasuyuki Kataoka-san." She continued, "Without forgetting my grateful feelings, I will move forward slowly and steadily. Please continue to support me."
Before he pursues a career in Major League Baseball, Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is on a mission to fix the sport in his native country, including the abolishment of what he says is corporal punishment and grueling practices.
Tsutsugo said after the 2018 season that he wants to play for an MLB team in the future. He will be eligible for international free agency in 2021 after 11 seasons with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.
On June 26, some sports papers reported that talento Becky (34) and Kataoka Yasuyuki (35), coach for the Yomiuri Giants, are dating. Announcer Ogura Tomoaki confirmed the reports on 'Tokudane!' saying that he confirmed the news with coach Kataoka himself.
At the beginning of the program, Ogura, who is good friends with Kataoka, commented, "I was surprised when I opened the newspaper this morning!" He then continued, "I felt like a father who didn't know anything about his son's love life."
A popular comic series about a high school baseball team will complete its run later this month after being published on and off in a weekly magazine for more than 4 decades.
The publisher, Akita Shoten, says the "Dokaben" series, first published in 1972, will conclude in the June 28th issue of the weekly Shonen Champion magazine.
Spanish soccer midfielder Andres Iniesta has attended a baseball game in Tokyo played by a team under the firm that owns his new soccer club in Japan, Vissel Kobe.
Iniesta visited Tokyo Dome on Thursday with Hiroshi Mikitani, the CEO of online retailer Rakuten. Mikitani is the chairman of both the first-division J-League soccer club and pro baseball's Rakuten Golden Eagles.
A day subsequent to discharging him, the Chicago Cubs are in talks with Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki in the expectations of re-marking him to an agreement, Cubs leader of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday.
Epstein addressed correspondents before the preseason diversion against the Oakland Athletics at Sloan Park and said there is a shortstop spot for the 35-year-old in Triple-An Iowa, and he is quick to perceive what choice Kawasaki comes to in the following few days.