2019 MLB Season Preview — The Golden Angeleno
Our 2019 preview of the upcoming Major League Baseball season.
Takashi Toritani (鳥谷 敬 June 26, 1981〜) is a Japanese shortstop with the Hanshin Tigers. He holds the current Nippon Professional Baseball record for most consecutive games played without missing an inning as a shortstop, and has appeared in every Tigers game for 10 years from 2005 to 2014 (1,444 regular season games). October 31, 2014 Toritani informed Tigers' management of his wish to exercise his free agent right to transfer to the American Major League Baseball.
ESPN to Televise 6 Korean Baseball Organization Games Per Week - Sporting Play Makers
ESPN announced its partnership with Eclat Media Group to become the exclusive English-language network of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO). The network will televise six KBO games per week starting with the season opener Tuesday morning. According to Baseball America’s Kyle Glaser, the quality of play in the KBO sits just below AAA affiliates of MLB teams. Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan is the highest level of professional baseball among Asian leagues when compared to MLB.