More awards for Japanese star pitcher-batter Otani

TOKYO (AP) Shohei Otani was honored for both his batting and pitching on Monday when he was named Most Valuable Player of Japan's Pacific League. Otani helped the Nippon Ham Fighters win the Pacific League pennant and the Japan Series this season. The 22-year-old righthander went 10-4 as a pitcher and batted .322 with a career-high 22 home runs. The fourth-year player earned 1...
Via Associated Press
November 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Yankee Laird leads Nippon Ham to Japan Series title

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) Former New York Yankees infielder Brandon Laird hit a grand slam in the eighth inning on Saturday as the Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Hiroshima Carp 10-4 to win the Japan Series in six games. The Fighters scored two runs in the top of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie and Laird connected off Hiroshima reliever Jay Jackson to put the game out of reach. Laird, who...
Via Associated Press
October 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Ex-MLB player Laird toast of the town for beer-winning homer

TOKYO (AP) Former major leaguer Brandon Laird won't have to worry about picking up the tab at those pricey bars in Japan for a while. Laird's solo homer for the Nippon Ham Fighters on Tuesday not only helped the team beat the Orix Bullaloes 4-0, it also hit a Kirin Beer sign, winning him $10,000 and a year's supply of beer. Several signs adorn the walls above the stands in left...
Via Associated Press
May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Japanese player wins free beer for a year with home run

Former MLB player Brandon Laird scored a sweet prize on Tuesday in Japan. Laird, who led Nippon with 34 home runs last season, homered at the Tokyo Dome Tuesday, and his ball hit a Kirin Beer sign. By homering off the sign, Laird won a year’s supply of beer and $10,000. “I think it’s pretty cool when they tell you if you hit the signs you get a prize like that,” Laird...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Brandon Laird earns year’s supply of beer after home run

Former major-leaguer Brandon Laird will be picking up the tab at the local dive for the next year. Laird, who plays for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters out in Japan, hit a home run on Tuesday that clanked off of a Kirin beer sign. His prize: a year’s supply of beer, according to The Japan Times. Along with the excess amount of free alcohol stretching over the full calendar year...
Via Today's Knuckleball
May 10, 2016

Japanese baseball player gets year’s supply of beer after homer hits brewery sign

Remember when Mark McGwire used to hit home runs into Big Mac Land and everyone won a hamburger? Well this is kinda like that, but with beer. Brandon Laird of the Nippon Ham Fighters (and formerly of the New York Yankees and Houston Astros) was at-bat in the Sapporo Dome on Tuesday when he socked a home run that hit the Kirin Brewery sign. Doing so entitled him to a year...
Via The Comeback
May 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Baseball player wins a year of free beer after hitting a home run sign

One of the benefits of playing in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League is the opportunity to score a year's supply of suds from Kirin Beer if a player hits the brewer's outfield sign.The spoils go to former New York Yankee Brandon Laird, now a third baseman for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, who crushed a home run in the fourth inning against the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday...
Via FOX Sports
May 10, 2016  |  Discuss

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