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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Japan Times: [Yomiuri] Giants pitchers to be banned from baseball for betting on games

None of these players is a star (they only threw 19 innings in 2015 between the three of them), but having members of Japan’s most famous team banned for gambling is a big deal. Oh, and they were gambling not only on NPB games, but MLB ones. They can apply for reinstatement in five years - they avoided permanent banishment because they weren’t found to have fixed any games.

Nippon Professional Baseball will ban three Yomiuri Giants pitchers indefinitely for their involvement in a gambling scandal and fine the team ¥10 million, NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, sources said Tokyo police have interrogated the players, Satoshi Fukuda, Shoki Kasahara and Ryuya Matsumoto, who have admitted betting on baseball games.

During the questioning, which was conducted on a voluntary basis, all three confirmed that they wagered on games, the sources said.


vortex of dissipation Posted: November 11, 2015 at 05:44 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: gambling, japanese baseball

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

ONE World Sports :: Lee Dae Ho to pursue Major League Baseball

I don’t need to see the translation of his stats to know he profiles as a bench guy at best.

The 33-year-old DH/corner infielder, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, has been a productive player in Japan over two years with the Orix Buffaloes and the past two seasons with SoftBank.

He is a .293 hitter in Nippon Pro Baseball and is coming off a season in which he hit .282 with 31 longballs—his highest power total during his time in Japan.

His upside includes his ability to get around on fastballs, and he figures to see more of those in the big leagues. The downside is that big league scouts back in 2012 told ONE World Sports Lee wasn’t really a candidate for the majors because of his lack of impressive marks in his overall game.

They also said his power wouldn’t play the way it does in the vastly different ballparks in Asia.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, japanese baseball, lee dae ho

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks Win 2015 Japan Series

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks only needed five games to win the Japan Series and show everyone they were the best team in NPB last season.

Almost exactly one year to the day, Softbank proved that nothing had changed.

Lee Dae-ho capped his outstanding series with a two-run home run (which required a replay review) and the Hawks won their second consecutive Japan Series title with a 5-0 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Game 5 on Thursday night at Jingu Stadium.

Davo Posted: October 29, 2015 at 12:20 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, npb

Friday, October 16, 2015

Japan Times: Time for NPB to rethink senseless playoff format

For those not familiar with Japanese baseball, the second and third place teams in each league play a series for the right to then play the regular season winner to decide the league representative in the Japan Series. But the regular season winner gets a) a one game advantage before the series starts, and b) gets to play all the games at home. Something tells me this wouldn’t go down well in the US…

Where else but Japanese baseball can a team lose Game 1 of a playoff series and show up at the ballpark the next day down 0-2?

That was the reality for the Chiba Lotte Marines Wednesday after their 10-inning, 3-2 loss to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Game 1 of the Pacific League Climax Series final stage. It was almost the same for the Yomiuri Giants, but the Kyojin managed a 4-1 victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in the Central League’s final-stage opener. Of course, instead of being up 1-0 the Giants went back to Jingu Stadium with the series tied 1-1.

This wacky math has been the norm in Japanese baseball since 2008, the first season both the CL and PL began giving pennant winners a one-game advantage in each league’s championship series. So far, the 2010 Marines and 2014 Hanshin Tigers are the only teams to dig out of the hole and advance to the Japan Series.


vortex of dissipation Posted: October 16, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, playoffs

Friday, October 02, 2015

Japan Times: [Yakult] Swallows claim first CL pennant since 2001

From worst to first. It’s always good when anybody other than the Giants wins the Central League…

The Swallows fans packed into the stands at Jingu Stadium had already been cheering about as loud as they had all season for the past four hours

But when Yuhei Takai hit a ball that squirted past the first-base bag and into right field, they found the strength to kick it up another notch.

Takai hit a sayonara single in the 11th and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows captured the Central League pennant with a 2-1 victory over the Hanshin Tigers on Friday night in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 33,986 at Jingu Stadium.


vortex of dissipation Posted: October 02, 2015 at 10:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Former Carp, Eagles manager Brown gets best of both worlds through scouting for Nationals | The Japan Times

“I’m really here to see everybody, but I thoroughly enjoy watching Otani play, whether he is in the lineup hitting third or if he’s pitching. He’s got electric stuff and exciting velocity, but he’s got to become more of a pitcher than a thrower,” Brown said of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters two-way star player.

“Fujinami I’ve seen in his two years a pro, where he’s been indecisive on the mound with not much poise, working really slow, and then I’ve seen him with a great tempo overpowering hitters. He’s a young guy, tall with leverage on the ball down,” said Brown about the Hanshin Tigers right-hander.

He added, “They are two exciting young arms, but how and when they might have the opportunity to go to the States, obviously health would be a question with guys who throw that hard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball



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