The Golden Braves compete in the Baseball Challenge League, one of two independent pro leagues in Japan. In 2017, the Golden Braves were an expansion team and in 2019 they won their first championship. As of 2019, the league has expanded to 12 teams featuring two divisions. Featured in this clip is BBJO member Lukas Rojo, who has played for the Golden Braves both in 2018 and 2019. Towards the end of this clip is Shuichi Murata, one of the few pure Japanese home run hitters who hit clean up for the Japanese national team at the WBC tournament in 2009. Until the age of 36, he played in the Nippon Professional Baseball League (Japan’s top league). In this video, Murata hit his final bomb before hanging them up.
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Founder David Burns
A former import player myself, I started this website in late 2012 to help others do the same. As a father of two, I am grounded (in Austria) and use this blog to live vicariously through our members. I hope you enjoy their adventures and stories as well.