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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Japanese high school pitcher throws 232-pitch complete game, returns on three days rest

According to Baseball America’s Ben Badler, Japanese high school pitcher Tomohiro Anraku has taken on a workload this week that might make Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo pass out or consider checking into an institution.

In just five days, the 16-year-old Anraku has been asked to throw an astounding 22 innings and 391 total pitches during tournament play in his home country.

Then ran 3 miles to school uphill in the snow.

depletion Posted: March 31, 2013 at 04:16 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dusty baker, high school, japan

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   1. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: March 31, 2013 at 07:38 PM (#4400357)
Dusty Baker tag is awesome.

This story is not.
   2. KronicFatigue Posted: March 31, 2013 at 07:46 PM (#4400367)
I was once told that the difference in youth sports between America and other countries is that the US is the only one that hyperfocuses on "winning" while other countries are more concerned w/ development for the purpose of ultimately winning at the highest levels. Thus, you'd see lots of examples of abuse in High School sports, where American kids were asked to do too much. Of course, I can't remember where I heard that, and though I remember doubting it's validity at the time, I also remember being too lazy to look into it.
   3. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 31, 2013 at 08:10 PM (#4400390)
But can he field a bunt?
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: March 31, 2013 at 08:14 PM (#4400402)

I saw a kid throw 216 pitches in a county tournament quarterfinal varsity high school baseball game in New Jersey in the mid-1980s. He went all 14 innings of a 1-0 game; I don't remember if he won - I wonder if he even remembers (!)
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 31, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4400432)
The legend begins. Or ends.
   6. Swedish Chef Posted: March 31, 2013 at 09:07 PM (#4400453)
I was once told that the difference in youth sports between America and other countries is that the US is the only one that hyperfocuses on "winning" while other countries are more concerned w/ development for the purpose of ultimately winning at the highest levels.

And then there is Japan, which focuses on the batshit insane.
   7. JJ1986 Posted: March 31, 2013 at 09:08 PM (#4400456)
I saw a kid throw 216 pitches in a county tournament quarterfinal varsity high school baseball game in New Jersey in the mid-1980s. He went all 14 innings of a 1-0 game


And that kid grew up to be Livan Hernandez.
   8. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: March 31, 2013 at 09:10 PM (#4400458)
But can he field a bunt?


Not any more.
   9. John Northey Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:36 PM (#4400590)
Wait a minute... high school baseball getting 43,000 fans? Now that is just totally nuts. I guess baseball in Japan is like football in the southern US - taken to extremes. Hockey up here is nuts but you don't see as many at high school or OHL games (high school kids mainly) - maybe 8-10k for a big game at most. When you start getting money pouring in like those 43k must be pouring in the pressure to perform skyrockets for the coaches as well as the players and leads to them doing stuff with the thought being 'this is as good as it gets for that kid so who cares if his arm falls off in a few years'.

I think there is something seriously wrong with priorities of people when they pack stadiums for high school kids tournaments to that degree.
   10. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 12:05 AM (#4400601)
With the exchange rate it's like only 430 people.
   11. Walt Davis Posted: April 01, 2013 at 12:50 AM (#4400616)
I hope the kid got laid.

high school baseball getting 43,000 fans?

Make every parent of every player buy a ticket before the season starts ... shazam!
   12. zachtoma Posted: April 01, 2013 at 01:24 AM (#4400621)
I think there is something seriously wrong with priorities of people when they pack stadiums for high school kids tournaments to that degree.


I've always wanted to go to Japan and see the Koshien tournament someday, I think it sounds amazing. But I would probably sympathize with that if you were talking about HS football in the states - must be because I love baseball and run indifferent to cool on football.
   13. John Northey Posted: April 01, 2013 at 09:21 AM (#4400694)
It does also bring up the insanity of the Olympics on young girls - you used to see 12 year olds compete regularly and still have China try to sneak in 14 year old kids and less. You still see it in world championships for gymnastics, figure skating, and pro tennis and golf get it sometimes too. Just crazy as at that age you cannot be ready for the pressures it would put on you.
   14. Flynn Posted: April 01, 2013 at 10:05 AM (#4400722)
I think there is something seriously wrong with priorities of people when they pack stadiums for high school kids tournaments to that degree.


My jaw is on the floor at the cognitive dissonance of this statement considering that ESPN is wall to wall Little League Baseball in August and the final usually attracts 50,000.
   15. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:46 AM (#4406051)
I just realized that we never had a follow-up thread.
Kid threw 772 pitches over nine days... culminating in a blowout loss in the finals where his velocity was way down. Here's a Jeff Passan (yahoo) article on it. And a Ben Badler (BA) piece.
   16. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:22 AM (#4406052)
Kid threw 772 pitches over nine days... culminating in a blowout loss in the finals where his velocity was way down

Then as punishment for losing, the coach made him write an apologz in his own blood.
   17. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:38 AM (#4406056)
Arm hurts?

Go stand under a mountain waterfall and contemplate why you haven't got wa ...
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:53 AM (#4406057)
I hope the kid got laid.

only if he's an astronaut

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