Continuum Global News (April 5, 2013)

Results and news from leagues around the world yesterday:

NPB (Japan) scores from April 5:

Hanshin Tigers 7, Hiroshima Carp 6 (in 12)

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 17, Chiba Lotte Marines 5

Yokohama Bay Stars 2, Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1

Orix Buffaloes 4, Seibu Lions 1

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6, Nippon Ham Fighters 1

Yomiuri Giants 7, Chunichi Dragons 2

KBO (Korea) scores from April 4 (via MyKBO):

Kia 12, Hanwha 4

Nexen 4, LG 3

Lotte 5, NC 1

SK 7, Doosan 5

Other bits of news:

Manny Ramirez mania is sweeping Taiwan, with attendance skyrocketing in games where he’s playing. The large amounts of interest, both because of Ramirez and Taiwan’s performance in the WBC, has led to speculation that the CPBL will be expanding.

Jeff Passan writes of the differences between America and Japanese views on pitch counts.

This is only tangentially related, but former big leaguer Luke Hughes has signed on to play with the Subiaco Lions of the Western Australian Football League, presumably bringing his baseball career to an end.

Continuum Global News (April 4, 2013)

The latest in International Baseball News:

In Japan’s “Spring Koshien”, Urawa Gakuin won the tournament. The “Spring Koshien”, unlike the “Summer Koshien”, is a invitational tournament and isn’t as prestigious, but is still shown on television and is a source of pride to the participants.

It’s still very early in the NPB season, but here’s how the standings there look right now:

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In Korea, the standings so far look like this (taken from MyKBO):

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I cannot find CPBL standings as of right now- if you know where I can find them, let me know.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Leon Boyd of the Dutch National Team (one of the very few “passport players” on the Kingdom of the Netherlands- his mother is Dutch) has signed with Correndon Kinheim.

And that will be it for today, but come back tomorrow for more Continuum Global News.

In the days and weeks ahead, this feature will be more fleshed-out and substantial, so please be patient as I work to make this one of the spots to go to for international baseball news.