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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Japan Times: NPB squads start spring training

Baseball season is finally here!

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who last season won their first Japan Series in the franchise’s ninth year of existence, started spring training Saturday in Kumejima, Okinawa Prefecture, in preparation for the start of the regular season on March 28.

The Eagles and seven other teams got down to work in Okinawa, while four clubs, including the Yomiuri Giants who are aiming for their third consecutive Central League pennant, opened camp in Miyazaki Prefecture.


vortex of dissipation Posted: February 02, 2014 at 05:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

MLBTR: Yuniesky Betancourt To Sign With Orix Buffaloes

Free agent infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Betancourt, soon to turn 32, is represented by Miami Sports Management.

Last year, spending most of his time at first and third for the Brewers, Betancourt checked in with a .212/.240/.355 line and 13 home runs in 409 plate appearances. Betancourt has played nine MLB seasons, registering a cumulative .261/.285/.388 slash line in 4,278 plate appearances. He has not maintained an OPS of over .700 since the 2007 season, and both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference credit Betancourt with a cumulative sub-replacement level contribution over his career to date.

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: January 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, japanese baseball, yuniesky betancourt

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees agree to seven-year, $155 million deal - ESPN New York

What a great deal for Tanaka. If he stinks he gets $155 million and if he lives up to expectations of many he gets an even bigger contract in four years.

Masahiro Tanaka has decided to sign with the New York Yankees, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Tanaka’s deal with the Yankees is worth $155 million over seven years and includes an opt-out clause after the fourth year, according to the source.

Tanaka’s agreement with the Yankees was earlier reported by Fox Sports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, japanese baseball, masahiro tanaka, yankees

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Japanese Pitcher Tanaka Won’t Be Let Go, Reports Say

By keeping Tanaka for at least another year, the Eagles would forgo a $20 million compensatory posting fee from the major league team that ultimately signed him. But they would enhance their chances at repeating as champions in Japan, and they would avoid millions of dollars in lost ticket, food and merchandise sales.

MikeTorrez Posted: December 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Posting-system impasse between MLB, Japan puts Masahiro Tanaka’s future on hold | News

This needs to get settled.

The posting-fee system that has allowed Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and others to play Major League Baseball before reaching free agency in Japan is in limbo, Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer, said on Thursday.

The impasse between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball puts the immediate future of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in doubt. Tanaka, who went 24-0 in the regular season this year for the Japan Series-champion Rakuten Golden Eagles, was expected to be posted this offseason and command a high fee and multiyear contract.

Without a posting agreement, the 25-year-old Tanaka would have to play two more seasons to attain the nine years of service time required to become a free agent in Japan.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2013 at 08:15 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, masahiro tanaka

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Japan Times: Eagles blank Giants in Game 7, capture first Japan Series title

The ninth inning of Game 7 belonged to Masahiro Tanaka. The moment belonged to all of Tohoku.

One day after throwing 160 pitches in a complete-game loss, Tanaka recorded the final three outs of the Japan Series, and Tohoku finally got a chance to celebrate as their Eagles held off the defending champion Yomiuri Giants 3-0 in Game 7 on Sunday in Kleenex Stadium.

Tanaka finally lost one this season after winning 26 straight, and he did it in Game Six of the Japan Series in a game where they could have clinched the title. But he came back the next day to get the save in Game Seven.

Congratulations to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who win their first Japan Series title after entering NPB in 2005. Now I guess baseball season is truly over.


vortex of dissipation Posted: November 03, 2013 at 03:41 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, masahiro tanaka



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