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Monday, January 15, 2018

Japan Times: Hideki Matsui elected to Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

Matsui was inducted into the Japanese Hall of Fame on Monday along with former Hanshin Tigers star Tomoaki Kanemoto and ex-Yomiuri Giants skipper Tatsunori Hara.

Matsui becomes the youngest-ever inductee at 43 years, 7 months, surpassing former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo, who was 45 years and 4 months old.

Matsui and Kanemoto were chosen by the Players Selection Committee. Matsui garnered 91.3 percent of the vote (336 votes out of 368) to surpass the 75 percent threshold for induction, while Kanemoto managed to sneak over the borderline with 75.5 percent.

vortex of dissipation Posted: January 15, 2018 at 11:39 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, japanese baseball

Friday, December 22, 2017

Diamondbacks agree to deal with Japanese pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano

The Diamondbacks are close to adding another late-inning option to their bullpen, agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Yoshihisa Hirano on what sources say is a two-year, $6 million deal.

Hirano, who turns 34 in March, has logged 143 saves for the Orix Buffaloes over the past five seasons. He owns a career 3.10 ERA in parts of 11 seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan’s top league.

shoewizard Posted: December 22, 2017 at 09:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New CBA Tries To Stamp Out Loopholes To Sign Shohei Otani | BaseballAmerica.com

BA explains the CBA’s impact on Shohei Ohtani.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Japan Times: Hawks win Game 2 of Japan Series after contentious call

A close play at the plate overturned by replay leads to the deciding run in Game 2 of the Japan Series.

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks had definitely scored one run on Akira Nakamura’s hit to right to tie the game. The question was, had they actually scored two and taken a one-run lead, or had the Yokohama BayStars recorded the third out of the inning by the slimmest of margins.

After a very, very lengthy review, the verdict came in: Kenta Imamiya was safe at home, and the Hawks had a one-run lead.

An advantage relievers Livan Moinelo and closer Dennis Sarfate made hold up over the seventh and eight innings, as the Hawks edged the BayStars 4-3 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

vortex of dissipation Posted: October 29, 2017 at 05:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, replay

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Scouting report on Japanese star Shohei Ohtani | MLB.com

“I saw Griffey in the Minor Leagues and A-Rod as an amateur,” one international scouting director said. “The buzz about Ohtani is similar to those guys and guys like Strasburg. Compared to Griffey and A-Rod, he isn’t as polished a hitter and probably doesn’t have the same upside. But he does have the chance to be a Strasburg. What is unique is that he does both.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: international players, japanese baseball, shohei ohtani

 

 

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