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Pro Yakyu (Japanese Baseball)
TODAY'S NEWS (and news archive) - Daily game summaries
Japanese Baseball Update by Glenn Davies
Jim's Info Links - See Jim's Albright's incredible index of players, managers, teams, stats and Japanese baseball history.
Searchable Players Forecast Database - Fantasy baseball player forecasts for Pro Yakyu.
Japanese Data Archive - View stats and download spreadsheets.
Japanese Baseball Primer - This "Introduction to Japanese Baseball" was written collaberatively by our Japanese gurus and is required reading.
The Baseball Traveler - Part one: Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The Working Agreement (pdf) - This describes the agreement between the MLB and NPB.
Guru's Game: Try your hand at this Japanese baseball simulation with scads of the greatest players Japan has ever seen. Introducing the Japanese Franchise All-Stars!FAQ / Getting Started

Inside Features
Jim Albright's Page (Japanese baseball history)  - See Jim's incredible index of players, managers and teams. Read articles about the history of Japanese baseball and download stats. He is also available for your questions.
Gary Garland's Page (Japanese baseball) He is available for your questions. Find out what Gary knows about this years class of rookies and which impact players will migrate to the MLB.
John Holway's Page (co-editor of the Japanese section of Total Baseball). He is available for your questions and posted articles right here on that are not available anywhere else!

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Articles by Gary Garland
Whatever Language You Speak It's Baseball (China Pro League and more...)
Note to MLB: There is no "Next Ichiro"
Pitcher Gets Win and Save in Same Game
Rubber Padding
Kazuhiko Kondo
The Death of Japanese Baseball Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

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Articles by Jim Albright
Info Links -  An index of everything Jim's provided for this site, including an links to his writings about specific players and managers.
Japan's Top Players - Analysis of the best Japanese baseball players ever with annotated rankings.
The Rating System - Description of the systems used to rate Japan's top players.
All Decade Teams - Best players by decade, with sections on each league and overall.
Modern Pitchers and the Japanese Hall of Fame
The List - Rank ordered list of the greatest Japanese players by position.
New Pitcher Projection Method
Japan's Most Successful Managers
All-Time Foriegn Born Team
Japan's Franchise All-Star Teams
Japanese Baseball Dynasties
Most Dominant/Most Dominated Teams in Japanese Baseball History
Japan's Greatest Teams
Manager's All-Stars
Franchise Sustained Success and Futility Snapshots
Why Haven’t We Had More Japanese Players in the Majors?
What were the great pennant races in Japan?
2007 Review of NPB Free Agents, Posted Players, and Players to Watch
2006 Review of NPB Free Agents, Posted Players, and Players to Watch
2005 Review of NPB Free Agents, Posted Players, and Players to Watch
Japanese Possibilities for the MLB in 2004
Japanese Possibilities for the MLB in 2003
The Japanese Career of Masanori Murakami
Miscellaneous Player Comments
Japanese Baseball before 1945
How Close is Ichiro to Cooperstown?

Japanese Players: What's Best for Cooperstown?

~ Sadaharu Oh ~
Sadaharu Oh and Cooperstown: Part I
Sadaharu Oh and Cooperstown: Part II
Fun with Projections
Comparing Oh to HOFers
Comparing Oh to Top HOF Candidates
How Many Homers Would Oh Have Hit In the Majors?HR Break Down

Was Oh Better than Projection?

Who Else from the NPB Might be Worthy of Cooperstown? Further Examination of Qualifications of NPB Stars for CooperstownSummarized Cases for Cooperstown of Five Great NPB Position PlayersSummarized Cases for Cooperstown of Five Great NPB Pitchers

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Articles by John B. Holway
Author of ten baseball history book including, "Japan Is Big League in Thrills," the first book ever done in English on Japanese baseball, Tokyo 1954.

Japanese in Cooperstown?

U.S. Vs. Japan Series: 1953 History is made
- 1990 Japan Prevails
Oh Vs. Aaron Home Run Duel (Yoichi Nagata)
Oh Vs. U.S. Big Leaguers
676 Called Shots
Lefty O'Doul
Lefty and the Geisha

More Articles
The Case for Sadaharu Oh and the Hall of Fame - Find out why he will get in!
Article on Jan, 2006: Baseball not only America's pastime
Baseball Prospectus - Clay Davenport, Comparison of Japanese leagues to American
Player Movement Between Japan and MLB - Wayne Graczyk, TokyoWeekender Sports Edition,  Novemeber 1999, interesting for those who haven't read it.
White Sox Fan Obsessed with Ichiro - Seattle Times
Take Me Out to the Bo-ru Game! - One fan's experience at a Japanese game.
Visit to a Japanese Game - Dave Willard trip in 1996.

Way to Go!
Ichiro Suzuki (2001) joined Fred Lynn (1975) as the only players to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season.

Japanese Baseball Official Sites
Nippon Professional Baseball - The Official Japanese baseball site.  It has online Japanese baseball encyclopedia with pitching and batting records.
The Japanese Hall of Fame and Museum - Online tour of the museum.

Live Broadcasts
Baseball on TBS - Radio coverage. Site is in Japanese.
Lycos Japan - Live web casts in Japanese
NHK - scheduled Major League games televised on NHK

News, Stats and Biographies
Japanese Baseball Daily - Gary Garland, Baseball Guru's sister site for Japanese baseball. Find stats and biographical material for every retired position player, daily news, links to related articles, and an archive of past reports. - Michael Westbay, Fan discussions on Pro Yakyu. Also see his previous web site Pro Yakyu Central, which has Japanese pro baseball ("yakyu") news and statistics. You'll find standings, batting and pitching leaders, as well as play-by-play summaries of Japan Series games.
Sports Info Japan - Michiyo Ishida, Daily game summaries and more, including an archive from past seasons presented by a talented  reporter, interviewer and writer from Japan.
Jim Allen's Japanese Baseball- Jim Allen, A guide to Japanese baseball.  History, news, scores, standings, and Japanese fantasy info.  
The Japan Times - Daily game summaries
Japan Today - Sports section reported in English
NPB Ttracker - Patrick Newman, Accurate, reliable source of information for English speaking fans with an interest in Japanese baseball.
Nando Sports Server - League leaders and other stats updated daily.
Big, Bad Baseball - An article written by Jim Albright discussing the Major League Equivalent for Japanese Baseball Players.
Fandom: Sadaharu Oh - Wiki, Biography, Career Highlights, Stats, Pictures  

Fun Trivia - trivia challenges for all levels of knowledge.
Japanese Baseball Logos - Bing Japanese baseball logos.

Asian and Korean Sites
The Baseball Guru "Asia and Korea"
SABR's Asian Baseball Committee - Home page

Japanese Softball
Japan Softball Association – The Official Japanese softball site. Has information regarding current news and the official regulations regarding everything from softball bats to the ball itself. Site is in Japanese.
Japan Woman's National Softball Team – An article detailing the track record of the Woman's National Softball Team

Japanese Baseball Player Memorabilia – buy an autographed baseball, jersey, photo and more from Japanese players in MLB.
Ebay - Buy and sell Japanese Baseball and related items.
Rob's Japanese Cards - Robert Fitts, Center for Japanese baseball card collecting in English.
Prestige Collectibles - Gary Engel, Japanese Baseball Cards and Memorabilia.

Baseball Trips to Japan
Japan Ball - Bob Bavasi, In-depth tours of Japanese Baseball and Culture
Baseball Adventures - Dennis McCroskey, Play baseball and see Japan. Trips for baseball players.

Japanese Baseball Mailing Lists
J-Ball - Jim Albright's English speaking mailing list on Japanese baseball. It has links, data and research material on Japanese baseball not readily available elsewhere. - Well, it's not Japanese only, but it has a preponderance of Japanese baseball enthusiasts, including our own Gary Garland. To subscribe: email and put "subscribe baseball" as the body of your message.

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