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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Divorce may delay Yu Darvish’s major league arrival

How much Darvish could get in a contract with a major league team would be of interest to everyone involved if he is soon to be divorced.

That Darvish, 25, and his actress wife Saeko, 27, are involved in divorce proceedings has been no secret in Japan for about a month and has been a hotter topic in the entertainment industry press than on the sports pages. Married on Nov. 11, 2007 (Darvish wears No. 11), they have two children.

Saeko, when asked about the divorce at an event promoting a book project last week, told reporters, “Well, hmm, there is still a ways to go.”

Asked if she expected a resolution by the end of the year, Saeko said, “I do not know the answer to that either.”

Obviously, it would be in Saeko’s best interest to reach a settlement after Darvish’s name is on a new multi-year contract worth more than the roughly $4.2 million he made last season.

Darvish is coming off an 18-6 season and has a 1.99 career earned run average over his seven seasons with the Fighters, but this year’s 1.44 ERA was a career-best. He allowed 156 hits in 232 innings this year, striking out 276 and walking 36.

Yen digger !

Jack Sommers Posted: November 29, 2011 at 01:00 AM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Gamingboy Posted: November 29, 2011 at 01:25 AM (#4002585)
   2. PreservedFish Posted: November 29, 2011 at 01:34 AM (#4002587)
In a previous thread about women, somebody on this site claimed that there could be no common ground between sexy and cute. Mrs. Darvish and I disagree.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 29, 2011 at 01:45 AM (#4002590)
Considering the marriage got off to such a fine start, this is hardly surprising. From 2008:

Following a victory last season, Yu Darvish, the winning pitcher for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, stood in front of a microphone inside a packed stadium, thanked his teammates and fans for their support, and announced that he had knocked up an actress who he met three months earlier and would marry her to preserve his family’s name.


http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=jp-japandarvish032308
   4. PreservedFish Posted: November 29, 2011 at 01:52 AM (#4002596)
announced that he had knocked up an actress who he met three months earlier and would marry her to preserve his family’s name.


Japan is the cultural humor gift that keeps on giving!
   5. RollingWave Posted: November 29, 2011 at 01:58 AM (#4002599)
His family name? I didn't know Iranian's had the same ethics code as Japanese :P
   6. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:37 AM (#4002616)
   7. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:39 AM (#4002618)
   8. Mark Edward Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:46 AM (#4002619)
Because somebody was going to ask.


Hideki Matsui is not impressed.
   9. Bourbon Samurai, what price fettucine? Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:47 AM (#4002620)
In a previous thread about women, somebody on this site claimed that there could be no common ground between sexy and cute. Mrs. Darvish and I disagree


Yeah, that is a Japanese specialty. Very nice.
   10. Hugh Jorgan Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:56 AM (#4002625)
yeah, she's super cute, the bees knees and all that and more..

#8, I have no idea what the story is behind that Matsui pic, but that is funny stuff.
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 29, 2011 at 03:11 AM (#4002631)
#8, I have no idea what the story is behind that Matsui pic, but that is funny stuff.


The context is even funnier. When Matsui held a news conference to announce his marriage, he held up that picture instead of having her there in person, to keep her shielded from the Japanese press...
   12. RollingWave Posted: November 29, 2011 at 03:13 AM (#4002632)
#10 a couple years ago Matsui suddenly announced (in spring training no less) that he got married, no one had known about it, and he held a press conference, instead of actually showing the bride he instead showed that drawing of her........... I guess it's to keep her hidden so her life don't get ruined (she's supposedly not in the entertainment biz or anything but just a normal gal). but obviously funny and limitless photoshop potential non the less.
   13. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: November 29, 2011 at 03:27 AM (#4002636)
Not only that, but just before the surprise marriage, Matsui had gotten Abreu and Jeter to agree to a bet where the first one of the three to get married would collect:

As for the bet, Jeter wasn't pleased he got played for the fool. “That’s not hilarious, that’s sad, that’s real sad,” Jeter said. “If he wanted the money, all he had to do was ask. He didn’t really have to do it.” Technically, Jeter has a year to get married himself -- Abreu has only six months because he has a girlfriend -- but his only hope of keeping his money is to extort Matsui. Jeter knows the name of the anonymous bride, and he said he'll reveal it if Matsui doesn't fork over the money. But he also told reporters, “I got one year? No chance. I’ll give him the money today. That’s pretty good. How do you say 'sneaky' in Japanese?"
   14. Norcan Posted: November 29, 2011 at 05:51 AM (#4002694)
That Matsui picture is hilarious. I was sure it was photoshopped. Did he really have to wear a wedding suit to his wedding press conference too? Between holding up a drawing of his wife and his extreme passion for pornography, he's certainly an unique dude. He's the like Japanese Manny.
   15. Boxkutter Posted: November 29, 2011 at 05:57 AM (#4002697)
That story only makes me respect Matsui more than I ever have.
   16. Anonymous Observer Posted: November 29, 2011 at 07:05 AM (#4002714)
That picture that Matsui is holding up is Ramon Flowers, isn't it?
   17. CFiJ Posted: November 29, 2011 at 07:18 AM (#4002716)
announced that he had knocked up an actress who he met three months earlier and would marry her to preserve his family’s name.

Japan is the cultural humor gift that keeps on giving!


That's a paraphrase for effect, not an actual quote. It's written to play Darvish up as a rebel more than he is. Nothing he's done has been out of the ordinary for a sports-celebrity here, and that's including underage smoking and knocking up bikini models. Heck, when Daisuke Matsuzaka was a 19 year old in his second year of pro ball, he got in trouble for driving without a license to the apartment of his girlfriend, a sports announcer 6 years his senior. Before that, Suguru Egawa, the first round draft pick caused a big ruckus when he was drafted by one team, turned them down, and then waited exactly one year to the day to sign with his preferred team, the Giants.

Basically, the stars of Koshien are treated like rock stars, with all the beer, cigarettes and groupies they can handle, and then they get fawned over by the pro teams wishing to sign them. They have a wild first few years as they push the limits of their entitlement, then they settle down.
   18. phineas Posted: November 29, 2011 at 10:13 AM (#4002733)
Before that, Suguru Egawa, the first round draft pick caused a big ruckus when he was drafted by one team, turned them down, and then waited exactly one year to the day to sign with his preferred team, the Giants.

He was traded to the Giants.
   19. zack Posted: November 29, 2011 at 02:57 PM (#4002809)
Obviously, it would be in Saeko’s best interest to reach a settlement after Darvish’s name is on a new multi-year contract worth more than the roughly $4.2 million he made last season.


Is property acquired after the divorce preceedings have started really still considered community property or whatever it's called?
   20. valuearbitrageur Posted: November 29, 2011 at 06:05 PM (#4002979)
Guess it's time for an an upgrade.

http://umpbump.com/press/2009/03/30/hot-baseball-wife-saeko-darvish/
   21. Something Other Posted: November 29, 2011 at 10:33 PM (#4003191)
@19--Yeah, you'd think there'd be something to that. There has to be a cut-off. I suppose we'd need to see the complete text of the governing statutes then the case law those statutes generated to really know. Any divorce sharks on this site?
   22. dlf Posted: November 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM (#4003214)
@19--Yeah, you'd think there'd be something to that. There has to be a cut-off. I suppose we'd need to see the complete text of the governing statutes then the case law those statutes generated to really know. Any divorce sharks on this site?


Many years ago, I was the junior associate handling a lot of the leg work on an appellate brief representing a then NYM outfielder who was divorcing. His ex had tried to reopen the consent divorce decree arguing that he had fraudulently** told her that he was unemployed with no likelihood of future earnings while they finished the paperwork and then he immediately thereafter signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract. This future earnings were not relevant to any property settlement, but was, at least conceptually relevant to determinations of alimony. Among other things, the calculation of alimony includes an analysis of future earning potential of the respective spouses.



**One of our arguments - that the court never reached - was that he had just finished a year when he had lead his league in a fairly significant positive (at least for everyone other than Ray) achievement and that even if he said what she said he said no one should have been able to rely upon it as anyone who knew anything about baseball would know that free agents who just lead their league in something tend to get new deals for a lot of money.
   23. vortex of dissipation Posted: November 29, 2011 at 11:41 PM (#4003219)
Lance Johnson of the Mets led the NL in hits in 1996.
   24. Something Other Posted: November 30, 2011 at 04:54 AM (#4003384)
@22--very interesting. Thanks.

Isn't it wonderful to work in a field where absolutely nothing is dispositive?

@23--shhhh!!

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