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How Is the Coronavirus Affecting Athletics Aesthetics?

The photo shown above is from a recent preseason Japanese baseball game at the Tokyo Dome between the Yomiuri Giants and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. The men wearing masks are the stadium’s grounds crew. (Also, it’s interesting that their attire is so heavily Under Armour-branded, right?)

That shot is one of several powerful images . . . → Read More: How Is the Coronavirus Affecting Athletics Aesthetics?

A Baseball and Sumo Trip Through Japan

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[Editor’s Note: Today we have an excellent guest entry from longtime reader/contributor Gordon Blau — that’s him above, with his wife, Chrysse — who’s going to tell us about his recent uni-related observations in Japan. — PL]

By Gordon Blau

Visiting Japan has long been on . . . → Read More: A Baseball and Sumo Trip Through Japan

Artist Andy Brown Returns, for Baseball Season

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Readers will recall a short while ago I featured artist Andy Brown, who shared his paintings and drawings from PyeongChang, Korea, during the past Winter Olympics. In the lede graf of that article, I wrote, “I was first drawn to Andy through his baseball-related paintings and sketches. . . . → Read More: Artist Andy Brown Returns, for Baseball Season

Talkin' (Japanese) Baseball, Part II

By Phil Hecken, with Paddy Watson Follow @PhilHecken !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js”;fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,”script”,”twitter-wjs”);

You folks may recall I had done a post a few months ago with Henry Yu on the Japanese baseball experience, and at the end of the article, I asked if any other fans wanted to share their experiences. I had a back-and-forth with . . . → Read More: Talkin’ (Japanese) Baseball, Part II