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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Japan Times: Marathon bullpen sessions remain question of culture

Pitch counts - we don’t need no stinkin’ pitch counts!

Last week, Seibu Lions right-hander Ryoma Nogami threw 75 pitches before an intrasquad game, 23 during the game, and 304 more in the bullpen afterward, totalling 402 on the day. Elsewhere around Japan this spring, the Chiba Lotte Marines’ Hideaki Wakui has thrown 205 pitches during a bullpen session, while Orix Buffaloes duo Daiki Tomei and Tatsuya Sato have had sessions of 210 and 201, respectively.

Japanese baseball is known for long, hard spring practices. Still, there is an argument to be had about how much is too much. It’s hard to fathom that, even for a professional, throwing over 400 pitches in a single day isn’t a bit excessive.

vortex of dissipation Posted: February 23, 2016 at 01:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, pitch counts

Friday, February 05, 2016

Japan Times: Retired slugger Kiyohara refuses to divulge drug source, admits injecting, smoking stimulant

This isn’t some run-of-the-mill former star getting busted for drug use. Kiyohara was one of the greatest sluggers in NPB history, hitting 525 home runs over 22 seasons from 1986 to 2008. With multiple gambling scandals in NPB this off season, it hasn’t been a good year for baseball’s reputation in Japan.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the possibility that the seller of the drug is connected to yakuza. They also plan to learn when and how Kiyohara started using the drug. The police plan to send him to the public prosecutor’s office later on Thursday for suspected violation of the laws to control stimulants…

...“Sometimes I injected it into my arm, and sometimes I burned it in a glass pipe and inhaled,” he reportedly said.

vortex of dissipation Posted: February 05, 2016 at 02:24 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: drug abuse, japanese baseball

Monday, January 18, 2016

‘God Bless Baseball’ brings the sport that unites us to the stage

If you haven’t guessed by now, Okada’s play is not particularly straightforward. Possible Ichiro arrives to teach baseball to three people who don’t know anything about the sport. Because this is not the movie “Summer Catch,” there’s another layer here— baseball serves as the metaphor for Japan and South Korea’s relationship with the U.S.
To answer your first question, no, there are no bat flips. But abstract movement rules the play, turning the things we see on the diamond into balletic expressions. The actor who plays Ichiro has never played baseball, but he mimics his swing perfectly.
“He doesn’t know baseball, but he’s a dancer,” said Okada. “So he’s very good at tracing those movements from watching videos. It was very interesting for me to see how well he’s developing his way of imitating Ichiro. I think he’s great … but he probably can’t hit a ball.”
You’ll also see a set meant to remind you of a stadium, with a diamond taped on the floor, complete with bases and home plate. Since the play is in Japanese and Korean, there are screens for English supertitles that look like stadium lights. Before the show, you can even buy Japanese ballpark snacks.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, theater

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

 

 

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