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Nippon Professional Baseball

Index Nippon Professional Baseball

or NPB is the highest level of baseball in Japan. [1]

231 relations: Aichi Prefecture, Akinori Iwamura, Alex Cabrera, Alex Ramírez, All-star game, American League, Aomori Stadium, Asia Series, Association football, Atsuya Furuta, Babe Ruth, Baseball in Japan, Baseball rules, Big in Japan (phrase), Bobby Marcano, Bobby Rose (baseball), Bobby Valentine, Bunkyō, Central League, Charlie Gehringer, Chiba Lotte Marines, Chiba Prefecture, Chiba, Chiba, Chunichi Dragons, Climax Series, Closer (baseball), Curaçao, Daiei Stars, Daisuke Yamai, Dennis Sarfate, Designated hitter, Dutch people, Eastern League (Japanese baseball), Eiji Sawamura, Eiji Sawamura Award, Expatriate, Free agent, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Fumio Fujimura, Gaijin, Golden Spirit Award, Greater Tokyo Area, Greg Wells (baseball), Hanshin Koshien Stadium, Hanshin Tigers, Hatsuhiko Tsuji, ..., Heiwadai Stadium, Hideki Matsui, Hideo Fujimoto, Hideo Nomo, High school baseball in Japan, Hiromi Makihara, Hiromichi Ishige, Hiromitsu Kadota, Hiromitsu Ochiai, Hiroshi Ohshita, Hiroshima, Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (1957), Hiroshima Prefecture, Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Hisanobu Watanabe, Hisashi Iwakuma, History of the New York Giants (baseball), Hitoki Iwase, Hokkaido, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Hyōgo Prefecture, Ichiro Suzuki, Inning, Interleague play, Interleague play (NPB), Isao Harimoto, Isao Shibata, J.League, Japan national baseball team, Japan Series, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, Japanese Baseball League, Japanese yen, Jimmie Foxx, Kanagawa Prefecture, Kanji, Katsuya Nomura, Kawasaki Stadium, Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Kazuhiro Kiyohara, Kazuhiro Sasaki, Kazuhisa Inao, Kazuo Matsui, Keihanshin, Keishi Suzuki, Kimiyasu Kudo, Kinugasa Stadium, Koji Akiyama, Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium, Korakuen Stadium, Kuo Tai-yuan, Kyocera Dome Osaka, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyuji Fujikawa, Leon Lee, Leron Lee, Liberal Democratic Party (Japan), List of Japanese baseball players, List of Major League Baseball players from Japan, Los Angeles Dodgers, Lou Gehrig, Major League Baseball, Major League Baseball All-Star, Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award, Makoto Imaoka, Makoto Kozuru, Masaaki Koyama, Masaichi Kaneda, Masaichi Nagata, Masanori Murakami, Masaru Kageura, Matsutarō Shōriki, Matsutaro Shoriki Award, Matt Murton, Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima, Meiji Jingu Stadium, MetLife Dome, Minor League Baseball, Mitsui Golden Glove Award, Miyagi Prefecture, MLB Japan All-Star Series, Most valuable player, Motonobu Tanishige, Nagoya, Nagoya Dome, Nagoya Stadium, National League, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Niigata Prefecture, Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Series, Nippon Professional Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award, Nippon Professional Baseball Most Valuable Player Award, Nippon Professional Baseball Rookie of the Year Award, Nishi Nippon Pirates, Nishinomiya, Nori Aoki, Okinawa Prefecture, Orestes Destrade, Orix Buffaloes, Osaka, Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka Stadium, Osamu Higashio, Pacific Coast League, Pacific League, Posting system, Professional baseball in Japan, Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi, Ralph Bryant, Randy Bass, Roberto Petagine, Ryōzō Katō, Sabermetrics, Sadaharu Oh, Saitama Prefecture, Saitama Seibu Lions, San Francisco Giants, Sapporo, Sapporo Dome, Seattle Mariners, Sendai, Shikoku, Shikoku Island League Plus, Shimonoseki, Shingo Takatsu, Shinjuku, Shinzō Abe, Shizuoka Prefecture, Shochiku Robins, Shogo Akiyama, Shosei Go, Split-finger fastball, Taiwanese people, Takahashi Unions, Takehiko Bessho, Tetsuya Shiozaki, Tetsuya Yoneda, The Black Mist Scandal (Japanese baseball), Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tokorozawa, Saitama, Tokyo, Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Yakult Swallows, Trey Hillman, Triple-A (baseball), Tsuneo Watanabe, Tsutomu Ito, Tsutomu Tanaka, Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Tuffy Rhodes, Venezuelans, Victor Starffin, Western League (Japanese baseball), Wladimir Balentien, World Series, Yokohama, Yokohama DeNA BayStars, Yokohama Stadium, Yomiuri Giants, Yoshitaka Katori, Yutaka Enatsu, Yutaka Fukumoto, Zozo Marine Stadium, 1934 in baseball, 1950 in baseball, 1950 Nippon Professional Baseball season, 1955 Nippon Professional Baseball season, 1956 Nippon Professional Baseball season, 1957 Nippon Professional Baseball season, 1958 Nippon Professional Baseball season, 1960 Nippon Professional Baseball season, 1961 Nippon Professional Baseball season, 1986 MLB Japan All-Star Series, 2007 Japan Series, 2011 Asia Series, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series, 3,000 hit club. Expand index (181 more) »

Aichi Prefecture

is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region.

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Akinori Iwamura

is a Japanese baseball infielder, who currently is a player-manager for the Fukushima Hopes in Japan's Baseball Challenge League.

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Alex Cabrera

Alexander Alberto Cabrera (born December 24, 1971) is a Venezuelan first baseman and right-handed batter who played in 2000 for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball and for 12 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Alex Ramírez

Alexander Ramón Ramírez Quiñónez (born 15 August 1974) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball outfielder who had a long career in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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All-star game

An all-star game is an exhibition game that purports to showcase the best players (the "stars") of a sports league.

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American League

The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League (AL), is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada.

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Aomori Stadium

is an athletic stadium in Aomori, Aomori, Japan.

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Asia Series

The Asia Series was an international club baseball competition, contested by the champions of all four of the professional leagues that are associated with the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) — Australian Baseball League (ABL), Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), Korea Baseball Organization League (KBO League), and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) — along with the CEB European Champion Cup holder and the host city, to bring the number of teams up to six.

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Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball.

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Atsuya Furuta

Atsuya Furuta (古田 敦也, b. August 6, 1965 in Kawanishi, Hyōgo) is a Japanese former baseball player and player-manager for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows professional baseball club in the Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League.

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Babe Ruth

George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.

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Baseball in Japan

Baseball was first introduced to Japan in 1872 and is currently among the country's most popular participatory and spectator sports.

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Baseball rules

The rules of baseball differ slightly from league to league, but in general share the same basic game play.

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Big in Japan (phrase)

Big in Japan is an expression historically used to describe western based musical groups who achieve success in Japan but not necessarily in other parts of the world.

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Bobby Marcano

Roberto "Bobby" Marcano Cherubini (June 7, 1951 – November 13, 1990) was a Venezuelan professional baseball player who made a name for himself playing in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and for Tiburones de La Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League.

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Bobby Rose (baseball)

Robert Richard "Bobby" Rose (born March 15, 1967) is a former major league baseball player from Covina, California.

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Bobby Valentine

Robert John Valentine (born May 13, 1950), nicknamed "Bobby V", is a former American professional baseball player and manager.

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Bunkyō

is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan.

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Central League

The or is one of the two professional baseball leagues that constitute Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.

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Charlie Gehringer

Charles Leonard Gehringer (May 11, 1903 – January 21, 1993), nicknamed "The Mechanical Man", was an American Major League Baseball second baseman who played 19 seasons (1924–42) for the Detroit Tigers.

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Chiba Lotte Marines

The are a professional baseball team in Japan's Pacific League based in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, in the Kantō region, and owned by the Lotte conglomerate.

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Chiba Prefecture

is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region, and the Greater Tokyo Area.

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Chiba, Chiba

, literally "Thousand(s) Leaves", is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

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Chunichi Dragons

The are a professional baseball team based in Nagoya, the chief city in the Chūbu region of Japan.

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Climax Series

The is the annual playoff system employed by Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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Closer (baseball)

In baseball, a closing pitcher, more frequently referred to as a closer (abbreviated CL), is a relief pitcher who specializes in getting the final outs in a close game when his team is leading.

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Curaçao

Curaçao (Curaçao,; Kòrsou) is a Lesser Antilles island in the southern Caribbean Sea and the Dutch Caribbean region, about north of the Venezuelan coast.

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Daiei Stars

The were a Japanese professional baseball team that was founded in 1946, and played in various incarnations until 1957.

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Daisuke Yamai

is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher with the Chunichi Dragons.

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Dennis Sarfate

Dennis Scott Sarfate (born April 9, 1981) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Designated hitter

In baseball, the designated hitter rule is the common name for Major League Baseball Rule 5.11, adopted by the American League in 1973.

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Dutch people

The Dutch (Dutch), occasionally referred to as Netherlanders—a term that is cognate to the Dutch word for Dutch people, "Nederlanders"—are a Germanic ethnic group native to the Netherlands.

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Eastern League (Japanese baseball)

The is one of the two minor leagues ("ni-gun") JapaneseBaseball.com.

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Eiji Sawamura

Eiji Sawamura (沢村 栄治; February 1, 1917 – December 2, 1944, born in Ujiyamada (present: Ise), Mie prefecture, Japan) was a Japanese professional baseball player.

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Eiji Sawamura Award

The, commonly known as the Sawamura Award, is an honor bestowed upon the top starting pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball each year.

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Expatriate

An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than their native country.

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Free agent

In professional sports, a free agent is a player who is eligible to sign with any club or franchise; i.e., not under contract to any specific team.

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Fukuoka

is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture, situated on the northern shore of Japanese island Kyushu.

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Fukuoka Prefecture

is a prefecture of Japan on Kyūshū Island.

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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks

The are a Japanese baseball team based in Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture.

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Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome

The is a baseball field, located in Chūō-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.

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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

The was an energy accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Ōkuma, Fukushima Prefecture, initiated primarily by the tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake on 11 March 2011.

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Fumio Fujimura

was a Japanese baseball infielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) from 1936 to 1958.

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Gaijin

is a Japanese word for foreigners and non-Japanese.

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Golden Spirit Award

The Golden Spirit Award is given annually to the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team", as voted on by members of the media.

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Greater Tokyo Area

The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world, consisting of the Kantō region of Japan, including the Tokyo Metropolis, as well as the prefecture of Yamanashi of the neighboring Chūbu region.

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Greg Wells (baseball)

Gregory De Wayne "Boomer" Wells (born April 25, 1954 in McIntosh, Alabama) is a former professional baseball player.

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Hanshin Koshien Stadium

, commonly referred to as simply Koshien Stadium, is a baseball park located near Kobe in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.

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Hanshin Tigers

The are a Nippon Professional Baseball team playing in the Central League.

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Hatsuhiko Tsuji

is a former Nippon Professional Baseball player and the current manager of the Seibu Lions.

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Heiwadai Stadium

was a stadium in Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan.

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Hideki Matsui

is a Japanese former professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter who played baseball in Japan and the United States.

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Hideo Fujimoto

(also known as Hideo Nakagami) (May 10, 1918 – April 26, 1997) was a Japanese baseball pitcher.

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Hideo Nomo

Hideo Nomo (野茂 英雄/Nomo Hideo, born August 31, 1968 in Minato-ku, Osaka, Japan) is a retired Japanese baseball pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and Major League Baseball (MLB).

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High school baseball in Japan

In Japan, Kōshien (甲子園) generally refers to the two annual baseball tournaments played by high schools nationwide culminating at a final showdown at Hanshin Kōshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Japan.

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Hiromi Makihara

Hiromi Makihara (born August 11, 1963 in Handa, Aichi, Japan) is a former Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher.

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Hiromichi Ishige

Hiromichi Ishige (石毛 宏典, born September 22, 1956 in Asahi, Chiba) is a retired Japanese professional baseball player and manager in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Hiromitsu Kadota

was a Japanese professional baseball player for the Hawks franchise (known during his career as the Nankai Hawks and the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks) and the Orix Braves.

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Hiromitsu Ochiai

Hiromitsu Ochiai (落合 博満 Ochiai Hiromitsu, born December 9, 1953) is a former Japanese professional baseball player.

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Hiroshi Ohshita

, also spelled Oshita, was a Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder who began his career after World War II.

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Hiroshima

is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in the Chūgoku region of western Honshu - the largest island of Japan.

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Hiroshima Municipal Stadium (1957)

was a stadium in Hiroshima, Japan.

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Hiroshima Prefecture

is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on Honshu island.

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Hiroshima Toyo Carp

The are a professional baseball team based in Hiroshima, Japan.

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Hisanobu Watanabe

Hisanobu Watanabe (渡辺 久信 born August 2, 1965 in Kiryū, Gunma, Japan) is the former baseball player who played in the Japanese professional leagues from 1984–1998.

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Hisashi Iwakuma

is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher in the Seattle Mariners organization.

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History of the New York Giants (baseball)

The San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball originated in New York City as the New York Gothams in 1883 and were known as the New York Giants from 1885 until the team relocated to San Francisco after the season.

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Hitoki Iwase

Hitoki Iwase (岩瀬 仁紀, born November 10, 1974) is a Japanese professional baseball player from Nishio, Aichi, Japan.

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Hokkaido

(), formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is the second largest island of Japan, and the largest and northernmost prefecture.

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Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

The are a Japanese professional baseball team based in Sapporo, Hokkaidō.

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Hyōgo Prefecture

is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kansai region on Honshu island.

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Ichiro Suzuki

, often referred to mononymously as, is a Japanese professional baseball outfielder.

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Inning

An inning in baseball, softball, and similar games is the basic unit of play, consisting of two halves or frames, the "top" (first half) and the "bottom" (second half).

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Interleague play

Interleague play in Major League Baseball refers to regular-season baseball games played between an American League (AL) team and a National League (NL) team.

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Interleague play (NPB)

, officially titled Nippon Life Interleague Play for event sponsor Nippon Life, is an event consisting of 108 regular-season baseball games played between Central League (CL) and Pacific League (PL) teams in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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Isao Harimoto

Isao Harimoto (張本 勲 Harimoto Isao, born June 19, 1940 in Hiroshima, Japan) is a Korean former Nippon Professional Baseball player and holder of the record for most hits in the Japanese professional leagues.

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Isao Shibata

(born February 8, 1944 in Yokohama, Japan) is a former professional baseball outfielder who played his entire career with the Yomiuri Giants from 1962 to 1981.

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J.League

The (is Japan's professional football league including the first division J1 League, second division J2 League and third division J3 League. J1 League is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football. It is currently sponsored by Meiji Yasuda Life and thus officially known as the Meiji Yasuda J.League.

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Japan national baseball team

The is the national team representing Japan in international baseball competitions.

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Japan Series

, or is the annual championship series in Nippon Professional Baseball, the top baseball league in Japan.

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Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

The is a museum which includes a library, reference rooms and.

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Japanese Baseball League

was a professional baseball league in Japan which operated from 1936–1949, before reorganizing in 1950 as Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Japanese yen

The is the official currency of Japan.

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Jimmie Foxx

James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967), nicknamed "Double X" and "The Beast", was an American baseball first baseman who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies.

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Kanagawa Prefecture

is a prefecture located in Kantō region of Japan.

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Kanji

Kanji (漢字) are the adopted logographic Chinese characters that are used in the Japanese writing system.

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Katsuya Nomura

was one of Nippon Professional Baseball's (NPB) greatest catchers.

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Kawasaki Stadium

was a stadium in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan.

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Kawasaki, Kanagawa

is a city in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

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Kazuhiro Kiyohara

is a former professional baseball player in Japan, having played in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league for 23 seasons.

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Kazuhiro Sasaki

Kazuhiro "Daimajin" Sasaki (佐々木 主浩 Sasaki Kazuhiro, born February 22, 1968 in Sendai City, Japan) is a former Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher.

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Kazuhisa Inao

was a Japanese professional baseball pitcher.

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Kazuo Matsui

is a Japanese second baseman for the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Keihanshin

is a metropolitan region in Japan encompassing the metropolitan areas of the cities of Kyoto in Kyoto Prefecture, Osaka in Osaka Prefecture and Kobe in Hyōgo Prefecture.

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Keishi Suzuki

is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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Kimiyasu Kudo

is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher and the current manager of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Kinugasa Stadium

Kinugasa Stadium was a major league baseball stadium in Japan.

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Koji Akiyama

Koji Akiyama (秋山 幸二 Akiyama Kōji, born April 6, 1962) is a retired Japanese professional baseball player.

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Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium

Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium (駒沢オリンピック公園総合運動場陸上競技場) is a multi-purpose stadium in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.

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Korakuen Stadium

was a stadium in Tokyo, Japan.

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Kuo Tai-yuan

Kuo Tai-yuan, (かく たいげん (Kaku Taigen); born March 20, 1962), is a Taiwanese retired NPB baseball pitcher, and currently a baseball coach.

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Kyocera Dome Osaka

The Kyocera Dome Osaka (京セラドーム大阪) is a baseball stadium located in Osaka, Japan.

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Kyoto

, officially, is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan.

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Kyoto Prefecture

is a prefecture of Japan in the Kansai region of the island of Honshu.

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Kyuji Fujikawa

is a Japanese professional baseball pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Leon Lee

Leon Lee (born December 4, 1952 in Sacramento, California) is a former professional baseball player and manager.

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Leron Lee

Leron Lee (born March 4, 1948 in Bakersfield, California) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball who played 8 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres.

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Liberal Democratic Party (Japan)

The, frequently abbreviated to LDP or, is a conservative political party in Japan.

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List of Japanese baseball players

This list consists of players who have played in Nippon Professional Baseball.

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List of Major League Baseball players from Japan

A total of 58 Japanese-born players have played in at least one Major League Baseball (MLB) game.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers are an American professional baseball team based in Los Angeles, California.

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Lou Gehrig

Henry Louis Gehrig, born Heinrich Ludwig Gehrig (June 19, 1903June 2, 1941), nicknamed "the Iron Horse", was an American baseball first baseman who played his entire professional career (17 seasons) in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1923 until 1939.

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Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

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Major League Baseball All-Star

A Major League Baseball All-Star is a professional baseball player who has been named to either the American League (AL) or National League (NL) All-Star Team for the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game also known as the "Midsummer Classic", which is held during the All-Star break.

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Major League Baseball Rookie of the Year Award

In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is annually given to one player from each league as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

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Makoto Imaoka

Makoto Imaoka (今岡 誠, born September 11, 1974) is a Japanese professional baseball player from Takarazuka, Hyōgo, Japan.

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Makoto Kozuru

Makoto Kozuru (Japanese:小鶴誠, December 17, 1922 — June 2, 2003) was a Japanese professional baseball player who played in both the Japanese Baseball League and Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Masaaki Koyama

Masaaki Koyama (born July 28, 1934) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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Masaichi Kaneda

is a Zainichi Korean–Japanese former professional baseball pitcher.

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Masaichi Nagata

was a Japanese film producer and baseball executive.

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Masanori Murakami

Masanori "Mashi" Murakami (村上 雅則, Murakami Masanori, born May 6, 1944 in Ōtsuki, Yamanashi) is a retired Japanese baseball player.

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Masaru Kageura

was a Japanese baseball player from Matsuyama, Ehime.

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Matsutarō Shōriki

was a Japanese journalist and media mogul, also known as the father of Japanese professional baseball.

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Matsutaro Shoriki Award

The Matsutaro Shoriki Award is named in honor of Matsutaro Shoriki (Yomiuri Shimbun Lord), whose achievements earned him the label of the real parent of present age Japanese professional baseball.

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Matt Murton

Matthew Henry Murton (born October 3, 1981) is an American former professional baseball outfielder.

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Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima

, officially called, is a baseball stadium in Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Japan.

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Meiji Jingu Stadium

The is a baseball stadium in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.

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MetLife Dome

is a stadium located in Tokorozawa, Saitama, Japan.

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Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball is a hierarchy of professional baseball leagues in the Americas that compete at levels below Major League Baseball (MLB) and provide opportunities for player development and a way to prepare for the major leagues.

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Mitsui Golden Glove Award

The Mitsui Golden Glove Award, sponsored by Japan's Mitsui Group, is annually awarded to nine fielders in Japan's professional baseball leagues by the Nippon Professional Baseball Association.

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Miyagi Prefecture

is a prefecture in the Tōhoku region of Japan.

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MLB Japan All-Star Series

The MLB Japan All-Star Series is a biennial end-of-the-season tour of Japan made by an All-Star team from Major League Baseball (MLB) since 1986, contested in a best-of format against the All-Stars from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) or recently as of 2014 their national team Samurai Japan (SJP).

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Most valuable player

In sports, a most valuable player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best-performing player (or players) in an entire league, for a particular competition, or on a specific team.

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Motonobu Tanishige

Motonobu Tanishige (谷繁 元信, born December 21, 1970, in Hiroshima) is a retired Japanese professional baseball player and manager.

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Nagoya

is the largest city in the Chūbu region of Japan.

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Nagoya Dome

The Nagoya Dome (ナゴヤドーム), constructed in 1997, is a baseball field, located in the city of Nagoya, Japan.

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Nagoya Stadium

Nagoya Stadium (ナゴヤ球場) was a stadium in Nagoya, Japan.

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National League

The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, known simply as the National League (NL), is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest current professional team sports league.

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New York Mets

The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens.

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New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx.

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Niigata Prefecture

is a prefecture located in the Chūbu region of Japan.

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Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Series

The Nippon Professional Baseball All-Star Game is an annual baseball series of games (in most years, two games are played, but three such games can and have been played as well) between players from the Central League and the Pacific League, currently selected by a combination of fans, players, coaches, and managers.

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Nippon Professional Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award

The Nippon Professional Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award is given to one player in each league of Central League and Pacific League.

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Nippon Professional Baseball Most Valuable Player Award

The is an honor given annually in baseball to two outstanding players in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), one each for the Central League and Pacific League.

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Nippon Professional Baseball Rookie of the Year Award

The Nippon Professional Baseball Rookie of the Year Award is given to one player in each league of Central League and Pacific League.

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Nishi Nippon Pirates

The were a Japanese baseball team and a founding member of the Central League in 1950.

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Nishinomiya

is a city located in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, between the cities of Amagasaki and Ashiya.

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Nori Aoki

is a Japanese professional baseball outfielder for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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Okinawa Prefecture

is the southernmost prefecture of Japan.

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Orestes Destrade

Orestes Destrade Cucuas (born May 8, 1962) is a Cuban former professional baseball infielder.

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Orix Buffaloes

The are a Nippon Professional Baseball team that was formed following the 2004 Nippon Professional Baseball realignment by the merger of the Orix BlueWave of Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan and the Kintetsu Buffaloes of Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.

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Osaka

() is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan.

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Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes

The was a Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) team based in Osaka, Japan, which was in the Pacific League.

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Osaka Prefecture

is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan.

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Osaka Stadium

was a stadium located in Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan.

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Osamu Higashio

is a former Japanese baseball player who played in the Japanese professional leagues from 1969–1988.

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Pacific Coast League

The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a Minor League Baseball league operating in the Western, Midwestern, and Southeastern United States.

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Pacific League

The or is one of the two professional baseball leagues constituting Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.

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Posting system

The is a baseball player transfer system that operates between Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and the United States' Major League Baseball (MLB), or between the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and MLB.

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Professional baseball in Japan

Professional baseball in Japan first started in the 1920s, but it was not until the was established in 1934 that the modern professional game had continued success.

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Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi

The (official name: Miyagi Baseball Stadium) is a stadium in Sendai, Japan.

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Ralph Bryant

Ralph Wendell Bryant (born May 20, 1961) is a retired Major League Baseball player.

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Randy Bass

Randy William Bass (born March 13, 1954) is an American politician and former baseball player.

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Roberto Petagine

Roberto Antonio Petagine Hernandez (born June 7, 1971 in Nueva Esparta, Venezuela) is a retired professional baseball player.

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Ryōzō Katō

is a Japanese lawyer and career diplomat who served as the Japanese Ambassador to the United States from 2001 to 2008.

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Sabermetrics

Sabermetrics is the empirical analysis of baseball, especially baseball statistics that measure in-game activity.

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Sadaharu Oh

Sadaharu Oh (Japanese: 王貞治, Ō Sadaharu; born May 20, 1940), also known as Wang Chen-chih, is a retired Japanese–Taiwanese baseball player and managerNussbaum, Louis-Frédéric.

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Saitama Prefecture

is a prefecture of Japan located in the Kantō region.

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Saitama Seibu Lions

The are a professional baseball team in Japan's Pacific League based north of Tokyo in Tokorozawa, Saitama.

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San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants are an American professional baseball franchise based in San Francisco, California.

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Sapporo

is the fifth largest city of Japan by population, and the largest city on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

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Sapporo Dome

The is a stadium located in Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Japan, and is primarily used for baseball and association football.

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Seattle Mariners

The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington.

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Sendai

is the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, the largest city in the Tōhoku region, and the second largest city north of Tokyo.

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Shikoku

is the smallest (long and between wide) and least populous (3.8 million) of the four main islands of Japan, located south of Honshu and east of the island of Kyushu.

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Shikoku Island League Plus

The is an independent professional baseball league on the island of Shikoku in Japan.

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Shimonoseki

is a city located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

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Shingo Takatsu

Shingo Takatsu (高津 臣吾, Takatsu Shingo) (born November 25, 1968 in Hiroshima, Japan) is a former professional baseball pitcher.

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Shinjuku

is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan.

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Shinzō Abe

is a Japanese politician serving as the 63rd and current Prime Minister of Japan and Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) since 2012, previously being the 57th officeholder from 2006 to 2007.

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Shizuoka Prefecture

is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshu.

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Shochiku Robins

The Shochiku Robins was a Japanese baseball team that played in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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Shogo Akiyama

is a Japanese professional baseball outfielder for the Saitama Seibu Lions in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Shosei Go

Shosei Go (Japanese: Go Shōsei; June 28, 1916 – June 7, 1987) was a baseball player from Taiwan.

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Split-finger fastball

A split-finger fastball or splitter is a pitch in baseball derived from the forkball.

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Taiwanese people

Taiwanese people (Mandarin: 臺灣人 (traditional), 台湾人 (simplified); Minnan: 臺灣儂; Hakka 臺灣人 (Romanization: Thòi-vàn ngìn)) are people from Taiwan who share a common Taiwanese culture and speak Mandarin Chinese, Hokkien, Hakka, or Aboriginal languages as a mother tongue.

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Takahashi Unions

The were a Japanese team in Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Takehiko Bessho

Takehiko Bessho (Bessho Takehiko, October 1, 1922 -June 24, 1999), born Akira Bessho (Bessho Akira), was a Japanese baseball player whose professional career as a player lasted from 1942 until 1960.

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Tetsuya Shiozaki

is a former Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher.

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Tetsuya Yoneda

Tetsuya Yoneda (米田 哲也, born March 3, 1938 in Tottori, Japan) is a Japanese former professional baseball pitcher who spent most of his career with the Hankyu Braves in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

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The Black Mist Scandal (Japanese baseball)

In Japan, the refers to a series of game fixing scandals in the Nippon Professional Baseball league between 1969 and 1971.

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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

The is a baseball team based in Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

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Tokorozawa, Saitama

is a city located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

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Tokyo

, officially, is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan and has been the capital since 1869.

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Tokyo Dome

is a stadium in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan.

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Tokyo Yakult Swallows

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows are a professional baseball team in Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League.

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Trey Hillman

Thomas Brad "Trey" Hillman (born January 4, 1963) is an American baseball manager and coach.

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Triple-A (baseball)

Triple-A (or Class AAA) is the highest level of play in Minor League Baseball in the United States and Mexico.

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Tsuneo Watanabe

is a Japanese businessman.

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Tsutomu Ito

is the former manager of Nippon Professional Baseball's Seibu Lions.

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Tsutomu Tanaka

was a Japanese professional baseball player.

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Tsutomu Wakamatsu

was a Japanese baseball player, coach, and manager for the Yakult Swallows in Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Tuffy Rhodes

Karl Derrick "Tuffy" Rhodes (born August 21, 1968) is a retired American professional baseball player.

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Venezuelans

Venezuelan people are people identified with Venezuela.

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Victor Starffin

Victor Starffin (Viktor Konstantinovich Starukhin, May 1, 1916 – January 12, 1957), nicknamed, was an ethnic Russian baseball player in Japan and the first professional pitcher in Japan to win three hundred games.

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Western League (Japanese baseball)

The is one of the two minor leagues ("ni-gun") JapaneseBaseball.com.

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Wladimir Balentien

Wladimir Ramon Balentien (born July 2, 1984) is a Curaçaoan-Dutch professional baseball outfielder with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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World Series

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team.

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Yokohama

, literally "Port to the side" or "Beside the port", is the second largest city in Japan by population, after Tokyo, and the most populous municipality of Japan.

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Yokohama DeNA BayStars

The are a professional baseball team in the Japanese Central League.

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Yokohama Stadium

is a stadium in Naka Ward, Yokohama, Japan.

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Yomiuri Giants

The are a professional baseball team based in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan.

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Yoshitaka Katori

is a former Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher.

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Yutaka Enatsu

is a former Japanese pitcher regarded as one of the best Japanese strikeout pitchers of all-time.

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Yutaka Fukumoto

Yutaka Fukumoto (born November 7, 1947 in Osaka, Osaka) is a retired Japanese professional baseball player in Nippon Professional Baseball.

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Zozo Marine Stadium

(official name: Chiba Marine Stadium) is a stadium in Chiba City, Japan.

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1934 in baseball

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1950 in baseball

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1950 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1950 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the first season for baseball in Japan that used the new two league format since the split the previous year.

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1955 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1955 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the sixth season of operation of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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1956 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1956 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the seventh season of operation of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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1957 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1957 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the eighth season of operation of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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1958 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1958 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the ninth season of operation of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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1960 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1960 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the eleventh season of operation of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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1961 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1961 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the twelfth season of operation of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

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1986 MLB Japan All-Star Series

The 1986 MLB Japan All-Star Series was the first edition of the championship, a best-of-seven series between the All-Star teams from Major League Baseball (MLB) and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), then-called All-Japan.

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2007 Japan Series

The Japan Series, the 58th edition of Nippon Professional Baseball's championship series, began Saturday, October 27, 2007, pitting the Pacific League Regular League and Climax Series' Champion, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and the Chunichi Dragons, winners of the Central League's Climax Series, in a rematch of the previous year's Japan Series, won by the Fighters.

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2011 Asia Series

The 2011 Asia Series was the fifth time the Asia Series has been held, and the first after a two-year break.

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2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami

The was a magnitude 9.0–9.1 (Mw) undersea megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 JST (05:46 UTC) on Friday 11 March 2011, with the epicentre approximately east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku and the hypocenter at an underwater depth of approximately.

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2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series

The 2014 MLB Japan All-Star Series was the eleventh edition of the championship, a best-of-five series between the All-Star team from Major League Baseball (MLB) and, for the first time in series history, the national team Samurai Japan.

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3,000 hit club

In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 3,000 hit club is the group of batters who have collected 3,000 or more regular-season hits in their careers.

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Japan Pro Baseball, Japanese Pro Baseball, NPB, Nippon League, Nippon Pro Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball League, Nippon Professional baseball.

References

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nippon_Professional_Baseball

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