The Hanshin Tigers pitcher excelled on the mound and at the plate in a recent big win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.
The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks are hoping the veteran infielder can get back into the swing of things down on the farm.
"I've done all I can in terms of preparation," Tanaka said of the upcoming season.
The Swallows third baseman and Buffaloes hurler received top vote totals in the Central League and Pacific League, respectively.
From losers in 2020 to winners in 2021, both teams exhibited mental toughness and confidence in their abilities and performed at a high level for six...
Pinch hitter Shingo Kawabata delivers the key hit for Yakult in the 12th inning.
Will the superb pitching of Orix be able to contain the explosive hitting of Yakult?
Men's coach Julio Lamas left his post after the Tokyo Olympics, and Tom Hovasse, who led the Japan women to a silver medal, became the successor...
The win ensures Samurai Japan will win its first Olympic medal in baseball since the 2004 Athens Games.
Sakamoto's sayonara single caps a dramatic comeback as the hosts win the first game of the baseball tournament.
That Yamamoto started the first of two tuneup games is a fairly strong indication that Inaba plans to have him start the opening game on Wednesday.
Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto has emerged as one of the best pitchers for Samurai Japan.