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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

Friday, November 16, 2018

With win over All-Stars, Japan builds for 2020 Olympic gold

Coming off a strong showing against a team of Major League Baseball All-Stars, Japan manager Atsunori Inaba has every reason to be confident about his team’s chances of winning a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan won the six-game exhibition series 5-1 against an MLB squad featuring National League Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., fellow nominee Juan Soto and veteran catcher and nine-time gold glove winner Yadier Molina.

The tour was a chance for Inaba to gauge the progress of his young players ahead of the Olympics their capital will be hosting in less than two years. Players like 23-year-old Seiji Uebayashi and Sosuke Genda stepped up against the major leaguers and performed well.

Some rather interesting details in this article about baseball’s return to the Olympics, including what players not to expect to see….

QLE Posted: November 16, 2018 at 04:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: atsunori inaba, japanese baseball, olympics, ronald acuna

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Yusei Kikuchi free to negotiate with MLB teams

TOKYO—The Seibu Lions have agreed to post pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, clearing the way for the left-hander to negotiate with teams in Major League Baseball.

Since Kikuchi, 27, cannot file for international free agency until 2020, he needed Seibu’s approval in order to use the posting system to move to the majors.

Kikuchi has a 73-46 career record with a 2.77 ERA in Nippon Professional Baseball. He went 14-4 this year and struck out 153 batters in 163⅔ innings.

Interesting to watch, both in terms of how this posting goes and how he turns out.

QLE Posted: November 06, 2018 at 06:47 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, posting rules, yusei kikuchi

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Hawks shut out Carp in Game 6, capture back-to-back Japan Series crowns

That’s four Japan Series titles for the Hawks in the last five seasons. I think that counts as a dynasty…

Rick van den Hurk shut out the Hiroshima Carp for six innings and the Hawks scored runs on a squeeze bunt and a home run to capture another Japan Series title with a 2-0 win over the Carp in Game 6 in front of a crowd of 30,723 at Mazda Stadium on Saturday night.

vortex of dissipation Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dynasties, japanese baseball

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Japan Series opener ends in 12-inning tie

So…Game 1 of the Japan Series between Hiroshima and SoftBank ends in a 2-2 tie after 12 innings. After the 18 inning WS game, of course it would…

It used to be that NPB post-season games would go 15 innings, and then end in a tie if needed, but it was decided yesterday in the two team’s pre-Series meeting to change the rule to 12 innings. I really don’t see MLB making changes like that the day before the World Series starts…

On the same day the MLB saw its longest-ever World Series game end in 7 hours and 20 minutes, the Carp and Hawks played for over 4 hours and 38 minutes. Japan Series games are considered ties after 12 innings this season, a departure from the usual 15 frames played in the final round.

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vortex of dissipation Posted: October 27, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, ties

 

 

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