2005-04-18T07:01:57.120-04:00(Nippon Professional) The Ham Fighters stroked 11 hits on their way to a 7-2 win over the expansion Eagles at the Tokyo Dome. Itsuki Shoda put Hokkaido on his shoulders with a seven inning outing giving up just a two run homer to Hidemitsu Saito.
2005-04-18T06:55:37.003-04:00(Atlantic League) Silly alliteration aside, Newsday reports on a "mature" John Rocker who's ready to use Long Island as a stepping stone back to the big leagues. Personally, I'm a fan of second chances. Now before you all jump on me, even Uncle Charlie gets a parole hearing every once in a while.According to Rocker:To say I'm a lot more mature at 30 than I was at 24 or 25 is an understatement.
2005-04-16T23:40:10.466-04:00(Northern League) Here it is. I'm a total dork for 80's baseball. I miss powder blue road unis, Mike Schmidt, a real pennant chase and even astroturf (but just a little bit).If you remember baseball from the 80's keep an eye on eBay. The Jackhammers are hosting this year's I-55 Classic, a not-quite-oldtimers' game between the Cubs and the Cardinals.Rosters will feature players like Bob Dernier
2005-04-16T23:12:47.813-04:00(Nippon Professional) It took consecutive homers from Nobuhiko Matsunaka, Kenji Jojima and Julio Zuleta to push the Softbank Hawks past the Marines 4-3 and regain first place in the Pacific League. Naoyuki Shimizu ate all three homeruns and took the loss for Chiba. Benny Agbayani earned all three Chiba RBI's.Who is Karim Garcia? He was the man last night, going 3-3 with a solo homer to help
2005-04-15T06:50:06.230-04:00(Nippon Professional) Kazuhiro Sasaki recorded his 250th save in Japan, ten shy of the NPB record. Kaz finished off a 3-2 win over the Swallows to cinch a win for Cedric Bowers.The Giants put their hitting shoes on and hung an 8 spot on Hanshin. Three Giants homered to lead Yomiuri out of the cellar for the first time this season. Koji Uehara took the win pitching seven strong recording seven
2005-04-15T06:31:15.643-04:00(Central League) Conroe Texas decided late on Wednesday to end talks with Southern Independent Baseball and has killed the proposed 206-acre development that would include a stadium for a Central League team in the Houston suburbs.The Sentaors announced the hiring of Reid Vance into their communications department. Reid will be the voice of the Senators as he'll broadcast every game on ESPN 1240
2005-04-13T21:29:47.100-04:00(Nippon Professional) Lee Seung Yeop's eight inning homerun propelled the Marines over the Buffaloes 4-3. For Chiba it was their sixth straight win pushing them into first place in the Pacific League with an 11-4 record.Gabe Kapler, member of last year's World Champion Boston RedSox singled in the GWRBI for Yomirui to help the Giants beat the Tigers 4-2.
2005-04-13T21:18:51.756-04:00(Atlantic League) Leo Mazzone's influence will be all over the Atlantic League. Brad Clontz, who has a World Series ring via Atlanta signed today with the Patriots. They also signed infielder Jhonny Perez.
2005-04-13T21:11:57.280-04:00(Northern League) Darwin Soto was suspsended yesterday for seven games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy. He was suspended by MLB for 15 games while on Seattle's AA roster and was released by the Mariners before the suspension was announced.
2005-04-13T20:57:11.540-04:00(Central League) Two new developments in the Central League involve the Ft. Worth Cats who are proposing a 35-acre development plan that would see townhoses, offices and stores built on Cats Island. The "Island" would be a link to the new Tarrant County College to LaGrave Field.In Conroe, progress is being made. The City Council is considering a ways to raise the proposed $15million for the
2005-04-12T17:38:06.036-04:00Too sick for proper updates.Check again tomorrow.
2005-04-11T19:30:08.236-04:00(Mobile-Weblog) DoCoMo 3G mobile phones will soon have a new service that will bring Japanese and American games nearly-live to cellphone screens across Japan.DoCoMo's will relay the play-by-play through an animation engine that will pixelate the game and make it easier to to view on the tiny screen and presumably save bandwidth.
2005-04-11T19:22:39.226-04:00(Northern League)St. Paul - Resign Justin Hall (All Star 2B), sign David Shepard (Starting Pitcher).(Can-Am League)Bangor - Recieves Casey Clary (Pitcher) from Winnipeg (NL) to complete an earlier deal.(Atlantic League)Somerset - Resign Jeff Nettles (All Star 3B).(Frontier League)Evansville - Trade Grant Williams (P) to Mesa (GL) for Graig Frydendall (P). Recieve Jeff Sues (P) from Chico (GL) to
2005-04-11T19:10:24.930-04:00(Central League) Bernie Carbo needs to get hip and hit up eBay.Instead, fans of the Pensacola Pelicans can place their bid via phone, but only if they know Pensacola's exchange at ??? 934 8444. The 2002 Dodge Stratus, which was given to Carbo by the team has logged 177,000 miles. Apparently there was no room on the team bus and no budget for a dust buster as the car comes complete with infield
2005-04-11T07:30:49.620-04:00(Nippon Professional) Nippon Ham has removed starting pitcher Carlos Mirabal from their active roster. Mirabal complained of shoulder pain after Friday's 8-2 loss to Chiba. Fighters' trainer Seiichiro Nakagaki told reporters Mirabal will not pitch until inflamation in his shoulder subsides, which could take up to two weeks.The Swallows announced the signing of Rick Guttormson to a one year deal
2005-04-11T00:54:27.860-04:00(Nippon Professional) Masahiro Yamamoto pitched seven innings of shut-out ball behind an 18-hit break-out day to lead the Dragons to a 10-0 shutout over the struggling Giants. Masahiko Morino capped off a 5 run eigth with a two run homer and 4 Dragons had 3 or more hits on the day (including one time Baltimore Orioles draft pick Alex Ochoa).Hiroshima jumped out to an early 5-0 lead on Yakult and
2005-04-10T03:14:53.166-04:00(Can-Am League) Pop Quiz. What do you do when you rank 41st out of 44 in independent league average attendance? How do you catch up when you're over 146,000 fans behind your league's attendance leader?Four words. George "The Animal" Steele.The New Haven County Cutters of the newly christened Can-Am League were dead last in attendance last year (when the CAL was called the Northeast League).
2005-04-10T02:55:29.016-04:00(Northern League) League Commissioner Mike Stone is in Fort Worth this weekend deciding whether or not the independent Northern League is obligated to honor Minor League Baseball's 15 day suspension imposed against Darwin Soto earlier this week for a positive drug test. Soto was released by the Mariners and signed by Winnipeg before MLB released a list of 38 minor-leaguers who tested positive
2005-04-10T02:34:56.563-04:00(Nippon Professional) Hanshin's Tomoaki Kanemoto hit his 300th career homerun yesterday, the 30th in NPB history to do so, as the Tigers beat the BayStars 4-1. The Tigers lead the CL by 1.5 games.Noriyuki Shiroishi lead the attack for Yakult as the Swallows ate up the Carp 8-2. Shiroishi drove in three on a bases clearing double two outs in the seventh, and finished the day 3 for 5. Yuhei
2005-04-09T06:59:34.203-04:00(Nippon Professional) Okay, I forgot all about timezones. Japan is something like seven months ahead of the east coast, so we'll be getting nightly scores early in the morning. So Saturday's games are already in the bag.Two scores according to our primary source JapanBall.com.The Marines put a hurting on the Fighters putting up seven runs on starter Brad Thomas who lasted 4 outs. Matt Franco
2005-04-09T07:05:17.336-04:00(Nippon Professional Baseball) Benny Agbayani's fifth inning grand slam lifted his Chiba Lotte Marines over the Nippon Ham Fighters 8-2. The win puts the Marines into a tie for first in the Pacific League. Starting pitcher Naoyuki Shimizu notched seven strikeouts and allowed two runs on six hits in his 7.2 innings of work.Elsewhere in the NPB...Daisuke Matsuzaka earned a win for the Seibu Lions
2005-04-08T23:03:27.650-04:00(Nippon Professional Baseball) If this week's posts have been any indication, I am nothing if not a fan of baseball from off the beaten path. Since the 1994 strike I've ignored Major League Baseball, for the most part, and have in the last two or three years become a fan of minor and independent league baseball.I'm going to take the next few weeks to add coverage of the Nippon Professional
2005-04-08T21:11:54.136-04:00(USA Baseball) Team USA takes the field this weekend in the 2005 IBAF World Cup Qualifier against Canada, and the Czech Republic. The 24 man team includes 10 players from indy leagues.Each team will play four games over the next three days in Bradenton, Florida. USA kicks off the weekend at 11am against the Czechs.
2005-04-08T18:20:19.550-04:00(CentralLeague) Southern Independent Baseball LLC, owners of the Shreveport Sports have been in negotiations with several north Houston suburbs in hopes of adding a Central League team in 2006. After failing to secure deals with The Woodlands and Shenandoah areas, SIB is now looking to Conroe, TX.The deal would for 206 acres of land, 24 being used for the stadium and the rest for commercial
2005-04-08T18:08:18.020-04:00(Northern League) "It's an exciting time -- new sod and a new manager." That's what Sioux City's Stadium Operations Manager (and former head groundskeeper Jim LeMoine told the Sioux City Journal today when he learned that the City Council had approved the returfing of Lewis and Clark Park.L&C for many years was the top sod in the Northern League, but over the past few years it has slowly