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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Report: Amateur prospect Carter Stewart opts for Japan over MLB draft

One of the top amateur baseball prospects is making a unique career decision, forgoing his chance to be selected in this June’s Major League Baseball draft to play overseas. 

Right-handed pitcher Carter Stewart, who was the No. 8 overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2018 draft, agreed to sign with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League, according to The Athletic. Terms of the deal are unknown, but it is likely to be more than he was asking from the Braves.

After failing to reach an agreement with the Braves in 2018 over concerns about a wrist injury, Stewart enrolled at Eastern Florida State Junior College, which made him eligible for this year’s draft.

Instead, his decision to play in Japan will make his path to MLB a bit more difficult.

Any comments on the broader significance of this move?

 

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: carter stewart, draft, japanese baseball, prospects

Friday, April 26, 2019

Is this walk-off backflip more disrespectful than a walk-off bat flip?

This video of Kenji Akashi’s walk-off backflip is astounding. This isn’t one of those simple “athlete can backflip” type things, but rather a full round-off into a flip that caught some serious air. I’m in awe of it, this also got me thinking.

What is fundamentally more disrespectful to an opponent: Flipping your bat on a walk-off home run, or cavorting into home plate with a backflip?

Paging Ozzie Smith to the magenta courtesy phone….

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:09 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: backflip, japanese baseball, kenji akashi

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Ichiro back in M’s camp at 45 with chance to play at home

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki fluidly went through a variety of stretches on the floor in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse even before going onto the field. Once outside, he smoothly went through fielding, hitting and baserunning drills.

At 45 and in spring training again, Suzuki is working toward the chance to play for his original major league team in his home country.

“Being able to put on the Seattle Mariners uniform as a player, being here the first day, it is just amazing, it is great,” Suzuki said through a translator. “Very satisfied with today and how it went, and I’m just going to take it day by day.”

As far as we can tell, he’s doing this because he wants to….

 

QLE Posted: February 17, 2019 at 03:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ichiro suzuki, japanese baseball, mariners

Thursday, February 14, 2019


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Matsuzaka sustains freak injury during spring training

TOKYO (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka has dealt with numerous arm injuries during his career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball and Japan but none quite like this.

The Chunichi Dragons say Matsuzaka is experiencing pain in his right shoulder after an overzealous fan pulled his throwing arm during a fan event at spring training in Okinawa.

Matsuzaka was diagnosed with inflammation in his throwing arm as a result of the incident, and the Dragons on Tuesday told him not to throw for the time being.

So, anyone have any idea why our contemporary pitchers all seem to be made of Waterford crystal?

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: daisuke matsuzaka, flukes, japanese baseball

Friday, January 25, 2019

Before MLB career, Tsutsugo aims to improve baseball at home

TOKYO- Before he pursues a career in Major League Baseball, Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo is on a mission to fix the sport in his native country, including the abolishment of what he says is corporal punishment and grueling practices.

Tsutsugo said after the 2018 season that he wants to play for an MLB team in the future. He will be eligible for international free agency in 2021 after 11 seasons with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

Having already signed a contract to play for Yokohama in 2019, the 27-year-old outfielder could go as early as 2020 via the posting system.

So, what retaliation will occur as a result?

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 02:14 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, posting rules, yoshitomo tsutsugo

Monday, December 03, 2018

Seibu Lions posting Yusei Kikuchi Tuesday; Yankees on the radar

As per the terms of the posting agreement negotiated last year, the Lions’ fee for posting Kikuchi will be determined by the amount of his contract. The more money Kikuchi receives, the more his new club owes to the Lions, as it must pay 20 percent of the first guaranteed $25 million, 17.5 percent of the amount between $25,000,001 and $50 million and 15 percent of the total value exceeding $50 million. Percentages of bonuses, escalator clauses and options also factor into the equation.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2018 at 05:50 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, yusei kikuchi

 

 

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