Tag: Katai Kitigawa

Who Are the Top Players Around the World?

Baseball is an international sport, aside from being an American pastime. But, who are the world’s elite players and top prospects?

From the bright lights of the Bull League to the sandlots of franchise international complexes, we look at each of the 20 clubs and find the current top international players and the top international prospects, aside from Canadian and American talent. Continue reading “Who Are the Top Players Around the World?”

First Half Top Dogs

With the All-Star Break done and out of the way, and the second half of the season already started, now is a great time to have a glance at the top performing players who took us to the mid-point of the 2018 Bull League season.

While these players may or may not be in the conversation for the Carl Simms MVP or Sandy Koufax Awards come season’s end, one thing is certain: they were huge factors in leading their teams through the first half of the year. Continue reading “First Half Top Dogs”

Arbitration Rulings Give Major Awards

Several players have earned big contracts through arbitration, it was announced today, with the biggest award going to Montreal Metros shortstop Alfonso George, at $13.8 million.

This arbitration award is higher than the $13.1 million “qualifying offer” amount that certain compensation-eligible pending free agents were due to accept during this year’s player bargaining, and makes George the 3rd-highest paid shortstop in the Bull League. Continue reading “Arbitration Rulings Give Major Awards”

AEL Postseason Set to Go

The American Eagle League postseason is set to kick off tomorrow, just one day after the Lake League’s playoffs get underway.

The Seattle Salts (63-37), who swept into 1st in the AEL West with a 21-7 run through August, take the top seed and will play the wild card Jacksonville Ravens (57-43), who finished in 2nd in the AEL East.  Continue reading “AEL Postseason Set to Go”

Kitigawa Breaks Hits Record

Anchorage Aces CF Katai Kitigawa set a new single-season record for hits this season, with 150.

Japanese baseball star, and 2017 AEL All-Star, Katai Kitigawa, who plays center field for the Anchorage Aces, has smashed the single-season record for hits on the last day of the season, after a 1st inning single against the Arizona Cowboys tonight, marking hit #148.

The previous record, held by the legendary Hall of Famer Chuck Provost, was 147 hits set in 1995. Continue reading “Kitigawa Breaks Hits Record”

Krohn Out for the Year

Right-handed closer Kevin Krohn, the only bright star in the Calgary bullpen, was injured tonight and will not return this season, potentially jeopardizing Calgary’s playoff plans

Calgary Inferno closer Kevin Krohn will miss the rest of this season – along with the playoffs – after leaving a game against Anchorage on just six pitches tonight.

With his team ahead 4-3, Krohn took to the mound in the 8th inning, replacing LHP Fernando Latorre, who was solid through 7 innings, allowing the Aces just 3 runs on as many hits.  Continue reading “Krohn Out for the Year”