The always quotable Munenori Kawasaki had an interview in the Star today. Highlights:
“I’ve been really working on my lower body — not my butt, but the area around my hips and hip joints. The idea is to increase the range of motion so I have the foundation to make better plays on defence and take better at-bats. The result might be a bigger looking butt, but you should stop looking there and watch the way I am moving now.”
“No one in Japan has ever heard of Indianapolis, but ...
Maybe its time to say Domi Arigato and bring in Umpire Roboto.
Last Friday, Giants Ryan Vogelsong and Casey McGehee—while highly appreciative of their time in Japan and the things they learned while playing there—both independently referenced preferential treatment for homegrown stars in Nippon Professional Baseball.
From the other side of the plate, McGehee said that “you end up striking out looking a lot because there were a lot of times that if the catcher caught it, you were sitting ...
It has now been eight years since Julio Franco last played in MLB, but his playing days are still not over. The 56-year-old Franco went 6-for-27 (.222) in seven games with the independent Fort Worth Cats last season, and now he’s heading to Japan to continue playing. According to a report, Franco has signed with the Ishikawa Million Stars, a semi-pro team in Japan.
He made his MLB debut in 1982.
[Takashi] Toritani, who hired notorious baseball agent Scott Boras to guide his transition to the big leagues, is currently mulling offers from the Jays and San Diego Padres, according to Japanese news reports. The Padres are believed to be offering a chance to play shortstop, while in Toronto Toritani would be moved to second, where he played at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Given his age, Toritani is likely to sign a short-term deal of just one or two years. Since he is a free agent, no ...
Yankees need another starter.
Veteran righty Hiroki Kuroda is planning to return to the place where he made his name, the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Japanese media outlets Nippon and Chugoku Shimbun reported the news earlier today, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reporting via Twitter that Kuroda was in fact headed back to Japan.
He would have gotten more than $2,492,437.04 in MLB.
Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda on Wednesday re-signed with the Central League club for ¥300 million, up ¥20 million from last season.
“The club not only valued my results but also the way I played,” the 26-year-old said after signing the new deal at Mazda Stadium.
Jim Allen is back writing about Japanese baseball on his new blog.
Cano was hit by a pitch on the right foot in the seventh inning of a 4-0 loss in Tokyo on Saturday in which the MLB players were no-hit by Japan’s Takahiro Norimoto and three relievers. X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe.
Team of MLB All-Stars?
The team of MLB All-Stars was no-hit by four Samurai Japan pitchers for its third straight loss in the Japan All-Star Series, a 4-0 defeat on Saturday at the Tokyo Dome. Though the five-game showcase has been decided, the big leaguers will try to finish strong, with two games and an exhibition remaining on the trip.
Players to watch in the NPB-MLB All-Star Series.
The DVR is already set.
Hey, there was another game yesterday. Who knew?
No replay to overturn calls in Japan.
“I didn’t expect we’d win with just one swing like that,” Akiyama said. “We had a runner on second and their outfielders were positioned shallow, so we were hoping he hit it over the outfielders, but never expected he’d hit a home run.”
Nakamura has hit over .300 the past two seasons, but considering that he hit exactly four home runs in 638 PA this season, and has hit nine in his career, that’s not an unreasonable quote…
Who isn’t a potential Yankees target?
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