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Monday, July 17, 2017

NPB should do more to spice up All-Star experience

If NPB officials need any ideas, there’s already a blueprint in South Korea, where the Korea Baseball Organization has done something similar for several years.

This year, in addition to one home run derby held across two days, the KBO held a Perfect Pitcher competition, a timed event where hurlers tried to knock down bats, and a Perfect Hitter event, where batters aimed for targets while hitting off a tee. The league also held its minor league All-Star Game as part of the All-Star weekend.

“The KBO has been having these All-Star events for quite awhile now,” Dan Kurtz, who runs mykbo.net, told The Japan Times. “I believe that a majority of the fans that watch KBO enjoy these events and consider them ‘Fan Service’.

“I think the events such as Perfect Hitter/Pitcher complement the Home Run Race quite nicely. I also think that the players themselves enjoy these events, since it often allows some players who don’t often get a chance to bat/pitch to participate in these events. For example, this year’s Perfect Hitter winner was a pitcher.

“In the past, pitchers have also participated in the Home Run Race and non-pitchers in the pitching events. The one event that was not held this year that seemed to have caught the eye of fans outside of Korea was the Bunt King (who can place Bunts on certain targets for points).”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 17, 2017 at 09:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: all-star game, japanese baseball, korean baseball

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Former White Sox infielder Tadahito Iguchi announces retirement plans

A Chicago World Series star who was not ready for DWTS .... until now.

Japanese infielder Tadahito Iguchi, who helped the Chicago White Sox win the World Series in 2005, will retire at the end of the 2017 season.

The 42-year-old Iguchi, the oldest active player in Nippon Professional Baseball, currently plays for the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Pacific League.

“I’ve been thinking when would be the right time to quit,” Iguchi said Tuesday. “I want the fans and those who supported me to come and watch me as much as they can.”

Greg Franklin Posted: June 21, 2017 at 10:35 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: japan, japanese baseball, white sox

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Scouting Shohei Otani

A fairly detailed look at Shohei Otani:

Do scouts for MLB teams think Otani can be a two-way player? For four out of five scouts, there was some hemming and hawing. They all like him as a batter – especially the left-handed power. They all love him as a pitcher. The fifth scout, though, is willing to dream.

“I’ve never said this about a player, but I believe he can be a two-way player,” the scout said. “There are good-hitting pitchers like Madison Bumgarner and Greg Maddux, but this guy is a legitimate offensive threat. How you balance his pitching and his hitting … that’s where it really comes down to a general manager and a manager and ownership. How much do you want to risk your ace pitcher running the bases or taking at-bats? But from an evaluation standpoint, this guy … if he was on my team, he’d be the fastest baserunner, he’d have the most raw power. I absolutely feel this guy can hit on a daily basis. Or if you wanted … you can pick-and-choose when you’d DH him or pinch hit him. But absolutely, this guy can be a two-way player. If anyone can do it, he’s the one.”

Lots of interesting stuff, but all anonymous. RTFA.


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

“There Are Very Few Individuals as Fascinating as Lefty O’Doul”

Lefty O’Doul had an extraordinary baseball career. Blessed with blazing speed and preternatural hitting ability, O’Doul nonetheless failed to stick in the majors until the age of 31. It was partially his own fault: Despite repeated entreaties by coaches, managers and teammates to focus his attention on hitting, O’Doul insisted he was a pitcher, not the man who would eventually retire with a .349 lifetime batting average (fourth-best of all-time).

After his playing days came to a close, O’Doul was appointed “Manager for Life” of the legendary San Francisco Seals (a position he held for 17 years); established a reputation as the best (and most cerebral) hitting instructor in the game; and, through sheer force of will and personality, did more than any other person to promote baseball in Japan, where it remains a national obsession (and where O’Doul is still revered).

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“Maybe I was a ham…but what’s the use in doing something when no one’s looking?”

gehrig97 Posted: April 04, 2017 at 09:14 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: dimaggio, japanese baseball, lefty o'doul, macarthur

Monday, February 27, 2017

Diamondbacks may have ‘lightning in a bottle’ with Yuhei Nakaushiro

Starting with Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Hideo Nomo in 1995, every major league season – 22 years in a row – has featured at least one Japanese player making his major league debut. After an offseason in which no major Japanese players migrated to the majors, Nakaushiro represents the best chance – perhaps the only realistic chance – at keeping that streak alive this year.

Cool stuff about his slider in the article

shoewizard Posted: February 27, 2017 at 11:22 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, japanese baseball

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Shohei Otani, the player we all wanted to see at the WBC, will hit but not pitch - CBSSports.com

It’s worth noting that Otani could still appear in the tournament as a hitter. The odds of that are uncertain, however, given Nippon-Ham’s concern that Otani’s condition could require surgery if it worsens.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2017 at 12:25 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, shohei otani, wbc

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Japan Times: Japan fills out team for World Baseball Classic

One roster spot is being left open. I wonder if they are leaving room for a MLB player to decide at the last moment. Masahiro Tanaka announced a couple of days ago that he won’t be pitching in the WBC.

Samurai Japan mostly filled out its roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, adding eight players, but no major leaguers, to the 19 names released in December…

...Currently, Japan’s lone MLB player will be Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki.

vortex of dissipation Posted: January 25, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, world baseball classic

 

 

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