Michael Westbay was born and raised in California's Central Valley. His father taking a job at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan as Michael entered 10th grade introduced this country boy to life in a metropolis, and he fell in love with Japan.
Graduating from San Diego State University, with a degree in Computer Science, and being the first to attain a minor in Japanese from the university, Michael joined a Japanese software company in Tokyo in 1991.
Mostly working with databases, he merged his passion for baseball into a Japanese baseball player registry that has evolved over the years to be the core of an information system feeding MLB teams with Japanese and Korean baseball data.
Along the way, Michael started writing about Japanese baseball on his ISP provided home page space in 1995. That morphed into JapaneseBaseball.com, a forum site that was essentially a blog before blogs came into being.
Wayne Graczyk, a New Jersey native, came to Japan in 1969 with the U.S Air Force...and stayed.
A graduate of Tokyo’s highly-regarded Sophia University, Wayne was the sports editor for the widely-read Tokyo Weekender newspaper for 27 years, and is currently a popular baseball columnist with The Japan Times, the country's leading English-language daily newspaper.
Wayne also covers Japan for Baseball America, Major League Baseball and other sports news carriers. For years he was a television play-by-play broadcaster for the Tokyo Giants, continuing to cover the ballclub now as a reporter for Nippon Television.
Since 1976 he has edited and published the Japan Baseball Travel Handbook and Media Guide, a staple for media, scouts, and traveling fans.
He is a member of the Tokyo Sportswriters Club and the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan.
Bob Bavasi is a principal with Bavasi Sports Partners.
As former Chair of the Board of both the Washington State Community Colleges and the Washington State Tourism and Economic Development Board, his involvement in education, tourism, and baseball has taken him to Japan for many years.
Born out of his interest in Japan is JapanBall.com and its related Japan Baseball Tours for fans and baseball personnel.
Bob is a certified Japan Travel Specialist, a certification earned from the Japan National Tourism Organization, a department of the Japanese Government.