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Monday, June 05, 2017

Carlos Peguero and the Coverage of Asian Baseball – Daniel Brim – Medium

Oh boy.

Simply put, it’s incredibly rude that people stick their heads in and judge a league based on a few highlights on the internet and a few stat lines on Baseball Reference. When a foreign player does post a good stat line, it’s often held against the league instead of credited to the player getting better, or adjusting well to the Japanese style of pitching. Not every foreign player can do that. Many can’t.

Simply put, there’s not a lot of reason for anybody other than scouts to rank the quality of NPB as a whole. It’s different. In a lot of ways, I like it better than MLB. Stop telling foreign fans that their game is worse. Don’t call it inferior. It’s really shitty of you.

The internet has a long ways to go in its coverage of Asian baseball. Facts matter, and tone matters. There are so many people who can and do get it right. There’s no excuse for getting it wrong again in 2017. Do better.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 05, 2017 at 11:57 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Puerto Rico’s spirit is alive on the baseball fields

Those who don’t understand it never will. It’s the same reason we held a parade after the WBC for #LosNuestros, our guys, even though they didn’t win it all. Puerto Ricans take a lot of pride in wearing their flag, letting people know where they are from. Even the people living in the U.S., you are still Puerto Rican at heart. You are still Boricua.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international baseball, puerto rico

 

 

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