Nanshiki Baseball Team
@ Los Angeles
Founded in 2002.
Union consists of players in their twenties through fifties and are Japanese, Japanese American, and Caucasian.
We aim to be an all inclusive team with every player participating in every game. Our goal is to have fun.
・BBQ (ホームパーティ) ・ゴルフ ・釣り ・旅行 ・メジャーリーグ観戦 など
Besides playing baseball we enjoy various activities such as:
・ BBQ (Hous Party) ・ Playing Golf ・ Fishing ・ Traveling ・ Going to MLB stadium etc..
NANSHIKI ball (M ball)
"Fun baseball without getting injury!"
Have you ever touched a tennis ball?
Baseball came from the United States to Japan about 100 years ago. Japanese children at the time enjoyed playing baseball with tennis balls because it was safe. However, tennis balls were difficult to use due to durability and speed issues. This resulted in a gradual decline in the competition population. In 1919, a rubber-ball baseball was developed so that players could enjoy easy and safe baseball.
"Just in case. Playing safer baseball"
The baseball league LASBL,
which UNION is a member of,
is prohibited from wearing metal cleats.
The reason, of course, is to prevent
WHAT IS NANSHIKI ?
NANSHIKI baseball is a sport born in Japan that uses hollow hard rubber balls
( M ball ) instead of baseball's original leather hard balls ( MLB ball ). The method and resilience of hitting the ball is completely different from that of a MLB ball.
So why do most Japanese recreational baseball players play with this kind of ball?
It is to avoid injury.
However, the caliber of the league is not compromised because of this.