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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Norichika Aoki is the least photogenic baseball player ever

The history of Japanese baseball dates back to the mid-1800s, when an American professor introduced it. In the 150 years since, Japanese baseball and North American baseball have been able to travel down different evolutionary trees. It’s like baseball is a finch, and each country is a different island in the Galapagos. Over the last century, batters in Japan were free to develop a wholly different approach.

That’s what makes these pictures fascinating; we’re not used to the follow-throughs here. We’re not used to a player getting out of the way when he starts with a closed stance and slashes at the ball. We’re looking at something that works, and we’re looking at something that’s completely different:

Zach Posted: June 01, 2014 at 12:18 AM | 22 comment(s)
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