In 2000, the Cubs spent a week in Japan, playing exhibition games against the Yomiuri Giants
and the Seibu Lions before playing two regular-season games against the Mets.
He finally became a player for the Yomiuri Giants
, the most popular baseball club in Japan.
Japan's Yomiuri Giants
baseball team donated 2 million yen (NT$547,800 or US$18,800) to help fund reconstruction after the February 6 earthquake which killed 17 people in Hualien.
"To become a member of the Yankees and retire as a Yankee, I'm just so humbled and honoured." After moving to the United States following a decade with the Yomiuri Giants
, Matsui spent seven seasons with the Yankees between 2003 and 2009, batting .292 with 140 home runs and 597 runs batted in.
Nagashima, 77, a legendary former third baseman for Yomiuri Giants
The 38-year-old Matsui batted .282 with 175 homers and 760 RBIs for the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays, having moved from the Yomiuri Giants
The Japan Series champion Yomiuri Giants
got off to a good start in their bid to reclaim the Asia Series championship for Japan with a 7-1 victory over Australia's Perth Heat in Group B on Friday.
'Kyojin no Hoshi' portrays the life of Hyuma Hoshi, a promising pitcher born into a poor family in Tokyo, who strives to become a top professional ballplayer with the Yomiuri Giants
under his father's grueling training regime.
The Mariners are scheduled to play one more exhibition game Monday against the Yomiuri Giants
before opening the season with a two-game set against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday and Thursday.
After the tour, Sawamura and most of the All-Nippon players signed pro contracts with the newly-created Yomiuri Giants
. The Giants toured the U.
Among other unsuccessful celebrity candidates were former Yomiuri Giants
manager Tsuneo Horiuchi with the LDP and outspoken former Yomiuri Giants
slugger Kiyoshi Nakahata with the start-up Sunrise Party of Japan.