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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Hiring 2005 White Sox is the hottest managerial trend in Japan

In Major League Baseball, the hottest managerial trend is hiring guys with no experience, grabbing them out of the front office or broadcast booth to helm World Series contenders.

In Japan, the hottest managerial trend is hiring members of the 2005 White Sox.

Last week, the Yakult Swallows named former White Sox reliever Shingo Takatsu their latest skipper. He joins Tadahito Iguchi as a manager in Japan’s NPB. The former White Sox second baseman managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in each of the last two seasons.

All kidding about White Sox connections aside, obviously these guys have every reason to be managing in their home country. Takatsu pitched for the Swallows for 13 seasons before coming to the U.S. to pitch for the White Sox and another two seasons after returning from the big leagues. He first managed way back in 2012, when he was a player-manager in an independent league in Japan. He spent the past three years as the manager of the Swallows’ farm team.

Somewhere, Ozzie Guillen is wondering if he should consider such a trip….

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 01:16 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 2005, japanese baseball, white sox

Monday, October 07, 2019

Japan’s all-time wins leader Masaichi Kaneda dies at 86

the lefty was known for his fastball and big breaking curve, and won at least 20 games for 14 consecutive seasons starting from 1951.

In addition to the most wins in Nippon Professional Baseball, Kaneda owned career records with 365 complete games, 298 losses, 5,526⅔ innings pitched, 1,808 walks and 4,490 strikeouts.

 

DanG Posted: October 07, 2019 at 03:19 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, masaichi kaneda, yomiuri giants

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Report: Amateur prospect Carter Stewart opts for Japan over MLB draft

One of the top amateur baseball prospects is making a unique career decision, forgoing his chance to be selected in this June’s Major League Baseball draft to play overseas. 

Right-handed pitcher Carter Stewart, who was the No. 8 overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in the 2018 draft, agreed to sign with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League, according to The Athletic. Terms of the deal are unknown, but it is likely to be more than he was asking from the Braves.

After failing to reach an agreement with the Braves in 2018 over concerns about a wrist injury, Stewart enrolled at Eastern Florida State Junior College, which made him eligible for this year’s draft.

Instead, his decision to play in Japan will make his path to MLB a bit more difficult.

Any comments on the broader significance of this move?

 

QLE Posted: May 22, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: carter stewart, draft, japanese baseball, prospects

Friday, April 26, 2019

Is this walk-off backflip more disrespectful than a walk-off bat flip?

This video of Kenji Akashi’s walk-off backflip is astounding. This isn’t one of those simple “athlete can backflip” type things, but rather a full round-off into a flip that caught some serious air. I’m in awe of it, this also got me thinking.

What is fundamentally more disrespectful to an opponent: Flipping your bat on a walk-off home run, or cavorting into home plate with a backflip?

Paging Ozzie Smith to the magenta courtesy phone….

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:09 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: backflip, japanese baseball, kenji akashi

 

 

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