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March 13, 2009

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: World Yakyu Classic

by Mike Plugh

The way of the samurai comes with a heavy cost, but what can we expect from Team Japan in the next round of WBC play?

November 21, 2008

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Back in Action

by Mike Plugh

An old friend pops back in with news from across the great blue sea, with NPB news for you and me.

April 15, 2008

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Pacific League Preview

by Mike Plugh

With some of the NPB's best young talent and some of its all-time greats, this is Japan's best baseball entertainment value.

April 6, 2008

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: 2008 Central League Preview

by Mike Plugh

Competitiveness isn't the league's watchword, but there are still stars to follow throughout the Central.

November 15, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Potential Free Agent Imports

by Mike Plugh

Which Japanese players are able to slip across the Pacific without going through the posting system?

November 13, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: The Japan Series

by Mike Plugh

Yu Darvish meets Don Larsen? History was made on the other side of the Pacific, but not quite the way you expect.

October 9, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: The NPB Playoff Picture

by Mike Plugh

One league's already into its postseason, and the other's almost there. What's up on the other side of the pond?

September 22, 2007

Future Shock: Hawaiian Winter Baseball Preview

by Kevin Goldstein and Mike Plugh

With prospects from both sides of the Pacific, there's more than just location that makes this league a baseball paradise.

September 12, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Pacific League Update

by Mike Plugh

Our NPB correspondent's crossed back across the waters, but he's still delivering blow-by-blow coverage of the stretch drives in the other major league.

August 9, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: The Stretch Run

by Mike Plugh

The playoff race is beginning to heat up in both the Pacific and Central Leagues, but for now all eyes will be on the prestigious Koshien High School Baseball Championship.

July 17, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Kosuke Fukudome

by Mike Plugh

A highly-heralded Japanese import could come to America for 2008. What kind of player is he?

July 3, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Japan-US University Baseball Tournament Preview

by Mike Plugh

The Japanese players to watch this week down in Durham, North Carolina.

June 25, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Pacific League Update

by Mike Plugh

The Marines are up and the Lions down since our last report from across the Pacific.

June 7, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Central League Update

by Mike Plugh

Fukudome and Aoki aren't the only big names making waves in Japan right now.

May 17, 2007

Nippon Prospectus: Bunting in Japan

by Mike Plugh

The prevailing reliance on the sacrifice changes the performance of hitters and pitchers in the Far East.

May 6, 2007

Nippon Prospectus: Pacific League Update

by Mike Plugh

The Central League may have the star quality position players, but the Pacific League has arms galore.

May 1, 2007

Premium Article Nippon Prospectus: Central League Update

by Mike Plugh

Kosuke Fukudome may not be the only rising Japanese position player to come stateside this winter.

April 19, 2007

The Foreigners: Impact Imports in the NPB

by Mike Plugh

Which foreign-born ballplayers in the Japanese leagues should you know something about?

April 10, 2007

Premium Article Impact Talent in Japan: Give Us Your Best, Yearning to Be Enriched

by Mike Plugh

A review of who might come to the States as free agents, through the posting system, and names you just want to know.

March 28, 2007

Premium Article Connecting the Dots: Central League Preview

by Mike Plugh

Mike turns his attention to the second Japanese major league, and makes predictions as to how it's going to shake down.

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