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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Blue Jays await Takashi Toritani decision | Toronto Star

[Takashi] Toritani, who hired notorious baseball agent Scott Boras to guide his transition to the big leagues, is currently mulling offers from the Jays and San Diego Padres, according to Japanese news reports. The Padres are believed to be offering a chance to play shortstop, while in Toronto Toritani would be moved to second, where he played at the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Given his age, Toritani is likely to sign a short-term deal of just one or two years. Since he is a free agent, no posting fee is required to sign him.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2014 at 08:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, japanese baseball, padres, rumors, takashi toritani

Friday, December 26, 2014

Hiroki Kuroda Plans To Return To Hiroshima Carp – MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees need another starter.

Veteran righty Hiroki Kuroda is planning to return to the place where he made his name, the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league. Japanese media outlets Nippon and Chugoku Shimbun reported the news earlier today, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reporting via Twitter that Kuroda was in fact headed back to Japan.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 07:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: hiroki kuroda, japanese baseball, yankees

Ace Maeda re-signs with Carp | The Japan Times

He would have gotten more than $2,492,437.04 in MLB.

Hiroshima Carp ace Kenta Maeda on Wednesday re-signed with the Central League club for ¥300 million, up ¥20 million from last season.

“The club not only valued my results but also the way I played,” the 26-year-old said after signing the new deal at Mazda Stadium.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 26, 2014 at 08:30 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Sunday, December 21, 2014

JUNICHI TAZAWA & CULTURE OF DENIAL

Jim Allen is back writing about Japanese baseball on his new blog.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2014 at 09:35 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, junichi tazawa

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Robinson Cano Breaks Toe in Japan

Cano was hit by a pitch on the right foot in the seventh inning of a 4-0 loss in Tokyo on Saturday in which the MLB players were no-hit by Japan’s Takahiro Norimoto and three relievers. X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe.

shoewizard Posted: November 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: general, injury, japanese baseball, mariners

Perfect Norimoto leads combined no-no vs. MLB | MLB.com

Team of MLB All-Stars?

The team of MLB All-Stars was no-hit by four Samurai Japan pitchers for its third straight loss in the Japan All-Star Series, a 4-0 defeat on Saturday at the Tokyo Dome. Though the five-game showcase has been decided, the big leaguers will try to finish strong, with two games and an exhibition remaining on the trip.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2014 at 08:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Players to Watch For in the NPB-MLB All-Star Series «

Players to watch in the NPB-MLB All-Star Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Monday, November 10, 2014

Iwakuma excited to be part of MLB rotation in Japan | MLB.com

The DVR is already set.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 10, 2014 at 08:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Thursday, October 30, 2014

2014 Japan Series ends on runner’s interference call

Hey, there was another game yesterday. Who knew?

No replay to overturn calls in Japan.

Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: October 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Japan Times: Nakamura belts three-run homer in 10th to put Hawks one win away from Japan Series title

“I didn’t expect we’d win with just one swing like that,” Akiyama said. “We had a runner on second and their outfielders were positioned shallow, so we were hoping he hit it over the outfielders, but never expected he’d hit a home run.”

Nakamura has hit over .300 the past two seasons, but considering that he hit exactly four home runs in 638 PA this season, and has hit nine in his career, that’s not an unreasonable quote…

vortex of dissipation Posted: October 29, 2014 at 03:35 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Sunday, August 31, 2014

High School Baseball Game In Japan Takes 50 Innings, Four Days

Chukyo finally defeated Sotoku 3-0 in the 50th Sunday morning, but look at those pitching lines. Both starting pitchers played the entire game. Taiga Matsui hurled 709 pitches for Chukyo, and Sotoku’s Jukiya Ishioka threw 689 pitches.

Matsui threw 77 more pitches in relief the next game. The likening of Japanese high school coaches to child abusers has another data point. It’s too bad, because a 50 inning game should be freakin’ awesome, and instead I’m just wondering if these two kids damaged their arms for the rest of their lives because their coaches are psychotic.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Watch a Japanese baseball player try to hit a 186 mph fastball (Video)

It’s tough to figure out exactly what’s going on in the video above because it’s in Japanese, but we know the important stuff: That’s former Nippon Pro Baseball home-run king Takashi Yamasaki guesting on some sort of funny Japanese TV show.

His goal is to try to hit a 186 mph fastball from a pitching machine. Yikes.

Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, japanese baseball, nope

 

 

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