General Japanese Baseball
- JapaneseBaseball.com, the first there ever was, hosts blogs as well as discussion boards.
- By know we know what to expect from Deanna’s Marinerds: baseball otaku-ism, lots of detail, and great photos.
- Similarly, if you’re reading this you’ve probably seen Yakyu Baka, Gwynar’s insanely thorough news site.
- Simon appears to be on a little bit of a hiatus, but he occasionally covers baseball at jhockey. His hockey content gets a thumbs up from me too.
- Japan Baseball News is a new site that got going last season.
- Japanese Baseball Cards makes me miss Calbee Potato Chips.
- Kokoyakyu is an invaluable resource during the Koshien tournaments. I haven’t found it’s equal in Japanese (not that I’m looking).
- Janblurr’s blog includes the occasional post on Japanese baseball. Jan also contributed this post about German baseball to NPB Tracker last year.
- Yakyu All-Stars is a site written by NPB Tracker reader Matt, and knowing his team allegiance I almost put him in this next category…
Team Specific Blogs
- Tsubamegun, a site dedicated to the Yakult Swallows is the veteran of this bunch.
- We Love Marines appeared on the scene last season. I bet you can guess which team that one is about.
- Where Eagles Dare is another relative newcomer with an similarly eponymous name.
- Steve Says Kampai! and follows the Hanshin Tigers.
- Christopher’s Tiger Tails, hosted by JapaneseBaseball.com does as well.
- Michael Westbay’s Bayside West covers the Yokohama BayStars.
- Rob Fitts chronicled the famed 1934 MLB All-Star tour of Japan, which is really what gave professional baseball its start in the country. Rob isn’t maintaining that particular story line any more, but its still a great read.
- A Noboru Aota Fan’s Notes is only an occasional read for me, but it’s really a remarkable site. The very anonymous author goes into a tremendous amount of detail on each topic he covers, and includes scans of old photos and painted baseball cards. Really enjoying this site requires a decent investment of time, though which runs counter to the Internet culture. Still, this is a hidden gem.
- East Windup Chronicle has made a triumphant return.
- True Stories of Korean Baseball is my go-to source for KBO news, and written by a fellow Chicagoan expat
- Taiwan Baseball always has the latest on MLB prospects from Taiwan
I don't link to writers in Japan's mainstream English press very often, but there are some who do excellent work. Three that I think deserve special attention are Jim Allen, Jason Coskrey, and Wayne Graczyk.
If there any sites that are missing from this list that should be included, please leave a comment.