It was a few weeks ago that I was promoting Wayne Graczyk’s latest Japan Pro Baseball Fan Handbook & Media Guide and today, I have learned that Wayne had passed away after a game in Kumamoto, helping NTV to cover a game between the Yomiuri Giants vs. the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.
When it comes to Japanese baseball #NPB, there are a few people who have contributed consistently each and every year in promoting it overseas or to those living in Japan and wanting to read the lowdown of the state of Japanese baseball in English.
And for me, I can’t speak highly enough of Wayne and how his work has influenced me and many others. RIP Wayne Graczyk.
And my condolences to Wayne’s family.
Here are few tweets from athletes, sports journalists and industry on Twitter in regards to Wayne Graczyk’s death:
UPDATE: Please read this fantastic article by Jason Coskrey titled “Baseball community, friends reflect on Graczyk’s life”.