The roots of Japanese professional baseball are traced back to 1934, where the first league was established known as the Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club. In 1936, the league was called the Japanese Baseball League, where it operated until 1949. It wasn't until 1950 that Nippon Professional Baseball officially formed.
With the 2020 season approaching its final chapter, we look at the Yomiuri Giants' domination, whether the Giants or any Nippon Professional Baseball team could compete against a Major League Baseball club, and examine the dismissal of the Tazawa Rule.
It is every Japanese baseball player's dream to transition to Major League Baseball, though only a few are able to make the jump, and even fewer have similar results as they had in Japan. While Tanaka made the shocking announcement to return to Japan, we discuss other Japanese baseball players who have taken a similar path and explore whether Tanaka will remain in Japan or return to the majors in the future.
The 2021 Nippon Professional Baseball season is upon us. As we get ready for the 2021 season, we must revisit what transpired in the 2020 season, how NPB intends to keep the season intact, and players to keep a close eye on.