Review of 2008 Japanese Baseball Season

Trans-Pacific Radio just published a podcast which reviews the 2008 baseball season all the way through the Japan Series which was eventually won by the Saitama Seibu Lions. Click here to listen to the podcast.

2008 Japan MVP and Best Nine

Know what’s a heartbreaker? Seeing the Central League MVP and Best Nine announcements and seeing that a third of the Best Nine, the MVP, and the best pitcher in the CL are all Giants, then realizing that that would be true of the Swallows had Tokyo been willing to pay a bit and offer multi-year […]

2008 Asia Series Schedule

The baseball season will draw to a close this weekend with the 2008 Asia Series, pitting the champions of NPB’s Japan Series, KBO’s Korea Series, CPBL’s Taiwan Series, and the CBL champions against one another in a three-day round robin single-game tournament, followed by a one-game championship between the top two teams on Sunday. Sadly, […]

11/9/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 7

November 9th, 2008 Saitama Seibu Lions 3 Yomiuri Giants 2 (Tokyo Dome) The Saitama Seibu Lions came back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the Yomiuri Giants in the deciding game seven of the 2008 Japan Series Championship. It was Saitama’s first Japan Series championship since 2004 when it beat the Chunichi Dragons in seven […]

11/8/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 6

November 8th, 2008 Saitama Seibu Lions 4 Yomiuri Giants 1 (Tokyo Dome) Well, folks, there’s going to be a game seven.

11/6/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 5

November 6th, 2008 Yomiuri Giants 7 Saitama Seibu Lions 3 (Seibu Dome) A seventh inning Wakui meltdown was the story of this game. One out into the inning, riding a decent six frames of two-hit, one-run baseball (with six K’s against one walk), the wheels came completely off the Wakui express.

11/5/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 4

November 5th, 2008 Yomiuri Giants 0 Saitama Seibu Lions 5 (Seibu Dome) Takayuki Kishi, Saitama’s 23-year-old starter that finished the regular season with a 3.42 ERA, had the game of his career tonight.

11/4/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 3

November 4th, 2008 Yomiuri Giants 6 Saitama Seibu Lions 4 (Seibu Dome) Saitama starter (and former Tokyo ace), Kazuhisa Ishii (7.50 ERA), took the mound for his first appearance in the Japan Series since 2001 and hoped to continue the good form he displayed during the Climax Series.

11/2/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 2

November 2nd, 2008 Saitama Seibu Lions 2 Yomiuri Giants 3 (Tokyo Dome) A 9th inning sayonara homer from Alex Ramerez was the difference as Yomiuri evened the 2008 Japan Series at one game a piece.

11/1/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 1

November 1st, 2008 Saitama Seibu Lions 2 Yomiuri Giants 1 (Tokyo Dome) Saitama drew first blood in this series on the back of an eight-inning, one-hit performance by starter Hideaki Wakui. Providing the run support were left fielder, Taketoshi Gotou, who slugged a solo home run over the wall in center in the fifth, and […]