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Friday, May 11, 2018

Diamondbacks’ Yoshihisa Hirano riding splitter to big-league success

Sometimes his splitter dives straight down. Other times it behaves almost like a slider, darting down and to his glove side.

He can bounce it, which he did multiple times to the Dodgers’ Kyle Farmer on Tuesday night, striking him out on a splitter in the dirt with the winning run on third in the 10th inning. He can also throw it for strikes, something he did to freeze the next batter, Chase Utley, to end the inning in a game the Diamondbacks went on to win.

 

shoewizard Posted: May 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball, pitching

Monday, January 15, 2018

Japan Times: Hideki Matsui elected to Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

Matsui was inducted into the Japanese Hall of Fame on Monday along with former Hanshin Tigers star Tomoaki Kanemoto and ex-Yomiuri Giants skipper Tatsunori Hara.

Matsui becomes the youngest-ever inductee at 43 years, 7 months, surpassing former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo, who was 45 years and 4 months old.

Matsui and Kanemoto were chosen by the Players Selection Committee. Matsui garnered 91.3 percent of the vote (336 votes out of 368) to surpass the 75 percent threshold for induction, while Kanemoto managed to sneak over the borderline with 75.5 percent.

vortex of dissipation Posted: January 15, 2018 at 11:39 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, japanese baseball

Friday, December 22, 2017

Diamondbacks agree to deal with Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano

The Diamondbacks are close to adding another late-inning option to their bullpen, agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano on what sources say is a two-year, $6 million deal.

Hirano, who turns 34 in March, has logged 143 saves for the Orix Buffaloes over the past five seasons. He owns a career 3.10 ERA in parts of 11 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s top league.

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
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