Michael Westbay heads up our JapanBall ticketing service where his knowledge of Japanese, baseball, computer science and databases help him provide superior concierge-level service and customer care to our ticket customers.
Michael 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.
He, along with his wife Margarita and two children, live in the greater Tokyo area.
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 JapanBallTravel.com 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.