The English NPB Blogosphere, 2011 Edition

» 02 June 2011 » In nichibei, npb »

Note: I’ve made some additions, based on suggestions from the comments.

I get most of my NPB knowledge from Japanese sources, but there is tons of great content on Japanese baseball being published in English every day. Here’s a rundown of sites and sources that I heartily recommend.

The Blogosphere

  • I’ll have to open with Yakyu Baka, curated by the tireless Gen. If you’re looking for thorough, current information on Japanese baseball, this is the first place to stop.
  • Boston-based longtime Japanese baseball guy Daigo Fujiwara now has content in blog format on his site, japaneseballplayers.com.
  • JapaneseBaseball.com made Japanese baseball accessible to me, as it certainly has many others, while I was still navigating through the tricky early waters of the Japanese language. It remains a fantastic resource, hosting five blogs, including John Gibson’s Japanese Baseball Daily blog, Michael Westbay’s Bayside West, and Christopher Amano-Langtree’s Tiger Tails.
  • Daily Yomiuri writer Jim Allen’s work is archived on JapaneseBaseball.com as well, which is great because the Yomiuri’s website leaves a lot to be desired.
  • Deanna may have relocated from Japan, but that hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm for Tokyo Big6 college baseball. The blogging has gone on.
  • Steve Novosel’s Chiba Lotte blog welovemarines.com has awoken from a long winter slumber.
  • The Kokoyakyu Blog publishes a Yakyu Baka level of information on Japanese high school baseball.
  • NPB Card Guy has a knack for finding an interesting baseball card to post every week.
  • Yakult is a popular team among English bloggers, with the tenured Tsubamegun and the newcomer Tokyo Yakult Swallows Etc.
  • I know of a couple of good Korean baseball sites: mykbo.net and True Stories of Korean Baseball.
  • In addition to my work here, I write for Fangraphs and Rotowire.
  • Hablo Espanol? Check out Beisbol Japones, a Spanish-language NPB site.
  • Yakult Swallows import righty Tony Barnette has a weekly blog.

The Twitterverse

Did I leave anyone out? It certainly wasn’t intentional — feel free to add to this list in the comments.

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