Former major league pitcher Brian Bannister recently informed Japanese baseball officials he has no plans to play in Japan or the United States, according to an AP story released Tuesday. The Japan Times is saying the 30-year-old will retire.
Bannister signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Yomiuri Giants during the off season. According to the Japan Times, he left Japan last month in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, citing fears over the nuclear crisis facing the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The Giants placed him on the restricted list, which forbids him from playing for any other team in Japan, or anywhere else, without first resolving matters with the Giants. more >>
A minor league stop with the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers was not on Jeff Suppan’s itinerary this spring, but you wouldn’t know it by his actions.
The former National League Championship Series MVP, who started Game Seven of the 2006 World Series for St. Louis Cardinals, signed autographs at Werner Park in Omaha before the season home opener on Saturday and he chatted with young fans – taking special note of what their t-shirts and baseball caps said so he could ask them questions.
“I’ve always enjoyed that,” Suppan told The Christian Post. “We have a 30 second opportunity and I’ve always viewed that as a way to be positive, to connect with them. For me, growing up in California, I used to wonder where ballplayers worked out and why I never saw them. Interacting with them is a chance to show we’re all real people and I think the kids usually enjoy that.” more >>
When you hear the phrase “European royalty,” you probably think of the less-dignified antics of the British royals.
Yet there are European rulers who have distinguished themselves in more admirable fashion.
For example, Spain’s King Juan Carlos is credited with almost single-handedly saving his country’s fledgling democracy during an attempted coup in 1981. more >>
DALLAS - An exhibit showcasing items buried in the Egyptian tomb of King Tut is back in the United States.
"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" opened over the weekend at the Dallas Museum of Art, the first of three museums to host the exhibit's encore tour. The other two host cities have yet to be named. At least 1 million visitors are expected in Dallas.
"We look at this as a once-in-a-generation opportunity," said Bonnie Pitman, director of the Dallas Museum of Art. more >>