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Friday, December 20, 2013

Nikkan Sports: Rakuten is going to acquire Kevin Youklis

Link is a tweet citing an article in Japanese. Translated via Google, it says Youkilis “only played 28 of the game there is also a failure of the waist this season.”

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 20, 2013 at 02:50 PM | 52 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4621830)
also a failure of the waist


Is this article about Youkilis or Prince Fielder?
   2. Greg K Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4621831)
I wondered what was up with him, I've heard literally nothing about him all off-season.
   3. Moe Greene Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4621832)
Looks like the new posting fee limit didn't affect Youk!
   4. SG Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:33 PM (#4621835)
This is the move that will convince Tanaka to stay in Japan, right?
   5. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4621838)
Gaiju name: Youklidon
Secret Power: Skeleton Ray of Ugly
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4621848)
Failure of the waist is an awesome euphemism for being fat.
   7. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: December 20, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4621854)
That's a lot of super points.
   8. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:05 PM (#4621857)
Failure of the waist is an awesome euphemism for being fat.


As a "failure of the waist" guy. I concur.
   9. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:13 PM (#4621863)
So much for wanting to be close to Cincinnati, unless he intends to tunnel his way from Japan to Ohio.
   10. John Northey Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:43 PM (#4621878)
Well, if that is the end his career had an interesting arc. Sub 100 OPS+ rookie year and final year. Nearly a perfect climb/decent in OPS+ ... climbing each year other than year 2 to 3 until he peaked at 157 at age 31, then dropped each of the next 3 years before going to Japan. Entering age 35 odds are he won't be back as a player. For a 'Greek God of Walks' he never walked more than he struck out and had just 8 walks in his final season.
   11. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4621881)
Youk's family will be going with him. A "life experience that was too good to pass up," he says.
   12. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:53 PM (#4621885)
If you have the right attitude, this could be a pretty cool 1 or 2 year adventure. Youk made some decent money ($56 million.. really better than decent) during his career. Whatever money he makes in Japan is whatever, but if his kids get a really cool cultural experience for free (with a rich dad), it's kind of cool.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:53 PM (#4621886)
So much for wanting to be close to Cincinnati, unless he intends to tunnel his way from Japan to Ohio.


At least he'll be able to say "Good morning".
   14. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 20, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4621889)
If you have the right attitude, this could be a pretty cool 1 or 2 year adventure. Youk made some decent money ($56 million.. really better than decent) during his career. Whatever money he makes in Japan is whatever, but if his kids get a really cool cultural experience for free (with a rich dad), it's kind of cool.


I have the same thoughts. With the exception of the one I was born in, Japan is the country in the world I most admire, and the one I most identify with. Probably 75% of the popular culture I consume (music, TV shows, movies, books, manga, etc.), and much of the food I eat, is Japanese. Given the chance to work there for a year, and provided with an interpreter, housing, etc., as I'm sure Youk will be, I'd jump at the chance.
   15. Smiling Joe Hesketh Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:10 PM (#4621893)
Now he's the Greek God of Woks.

I'll show myself out.
   16. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:17 PM (#4621900)
So much for wanting to be close to Cincinnati, unless he intends to tunnel his way from Japan to Ohio.


Actually, he wanted to play on the west coast near his current home in California. Guess he decided that wasn't west enough.

[15] is gold.
   17. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:22 PM (#4621903)
[15] is gold.


Except that a wok is Chinese, not Japanese. In Japan, it's known as a "Chinese pot".
   18. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:26 PM (#4621906)
Comedy is not funny.
   19. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4621912)
Except that a wok is Chinese, not Japanese. In Japan, it's known as a "Chinese pot".

Fine. [15] is pyrite.
   20. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:33 PM (#4621915)
Now he's The Greek God of the Japanese word for "Chinese pot".
   21. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4621918)
I have the same thoughts. With the exception of the one I was born in, Japan is the country in the world I most admire, and the one I most identify with. Probably 75% of the popular culture I consume (music, TV shows, movies, books, manga, etc.), and much of the food I eat, is Japanese. Given the chance to work there for a year, and provided with an interpreter, housing, etc., as I'm sure Youk will be, I'd jump at the chance.


Youk doesn't come off quite that cultured, but I do imagine that the offer came up and the family jumped at it. I have a couple of cousins that lived there back when their dad was stationed there and they loved it. And Youk is going to make a hell of a lot more money than a chief petty officer did.

As an aside, another cousin lived in San Diego, DC, Singapore, and Brussels before my Aunt and Uncle settled in Olympia, WA (we visited this summer for her wedding and my aunt and uncle's place was in a gorgeous area). Sometimes, I think if I could do it again, doing something like my Uncle did would be intriguing. He was an intelligence officer and spent most of his career in civies. Heck, before my cousin they were station at Whidbey Island in WA, Spain, and Norfolk (my cousin Steph was born in Spain but passed from a rare genetic disease when she was 6 in Norfolk) Plus, my uncle was one of the cooledt people on the planet when I was 9. He was stationed at Top Gun (Miramar) right after the movie came out.
   22. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4621919)
$4MM plus $1mm in incentives for Youk.
   23. Nasty Nate Posted: December 20, 2013 at 05:57 PM (#4621922)
Now he's The Greek God of the Japanese word for "Chinese pot".

something something Tommy Chong.
   24. ptodd Posted: December 20, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4621971)
4 million is exactly what they paid Tanaka. Guess who is going to be posted
   25. Best Regards, President of Comfort Posted: December 20, 2013 at 09:30 PM (#4621973)
4 million is exactly what they paid Tanaka. Guess who is going to be posted
Youkilis?
   26. sinicalypse Posted: December 20, 2013 at 09:50 PM (#4621982)
this man will rampage the japanese leagues with the patience of a statue and the power of a nuclear blast. just call him youkzilla.

who's the best MLB player to ever go to japan? i know tuffy rhodes evolved into a beast who wasn't allowed to break sadaharu oh's record at least once, if not twice.... and there was another cabrera guy who put up video game #s over there.... but is youkilis in the conversation for the biggest name to go over to the japanese league?
   27. Proo Posted: December 20, 2013 at 09:55 PM (#4621986)
but is youkilis in the conversation for the biggest name to go over to the japanese league?


That'd have to be Gossage, right?
   28. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4621991)
Gossage went to Japan?

It's amazing how athletes' records in other countries are just ignored here. It wasn't until like last year that I noticed Dominique Wilkins spent a year in Greece.
   29. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM (#4621993)
Iverson played (badly) in Turkey just recently.

Wladimir Balentien wasn't the biggest name to switch to the Japanese league when he went over, but now that he's broken the home run record he might qualify.
   30. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM (#4621995)
Failure of the waist is an awesome euphemism for being fat.


Thanks for the explanation there, Perd Hapley.
   31. JJ1986 Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:43 PM (#4621997)
I think Andruw is more famous than Youkilis.
   32. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:48 PM (#4622001)
Gossage is one of two US Hall of Famers to play in Japan. The other is Larry Doby. In terms of fame in the US at the time he went over there, I think it would have to be Bob Horner, who was fifth in the NL in home runs the year before.
   33. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4622004)
Iverson played (badly) in Turkey just recently.

Deron Williams played in Turkey even more recently (during last season's lockout) and performed so well that Besiktas retired his jersey.
   34. Greg K Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM (#4622005)
It's amazing how athletes' records in other countries are just ignored here. It wasn't until like last year that I noticed Dominique Wilkins spent a year in Greece.

Like Warren Moon, Doug Flutie, and Jeff Garcia!
   35. Proo Posted: December 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM (#4622006)
Forgot about Doby. I see he and Newcombe went to the same team at the same time. That must've been a big deal.
   36. Tiboreau Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:16 PM (#4622015)
Willie Davis?
   37. PreservedFish Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:22 PM (#4622017)
There's a bunch about Bob Horner in You Gotta Have Wa - if memory serves me right, Japan went nuts in anticipation of him.
   38. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:23 PM (#4622018)
In terms of fame in the US at the time he went over there, I think it would have to be Bob Horner, who was fifth in the NL in home runs the year before.

But even he wasn't an ALL-STAR that year, like Bryan LaHair!
   39. ptodd Posted: December 20, 2013 at 11:54 PM (#4622024)
He is going to be playing in a city that was rocked by the 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami and only 100 km from the nuke plants leaking radiation. Life experience certainly.

A healthy season and he could be back in the MLB. As a Youk fan living in the region I might plan a trip to catch a game, if only I could be sure he will not be on the DL.
   40. KJOK Posted: December 21, 2013 at 12:03 AM (#4622026)
Biggest names to play in Japan:

Doby
Newcombe
Gossage
Reggie Smith
Frank Howard
Willie Davis
Roy White
Dwayne Murphy
Bob Horner
Tony Fernandez
Bill Madlock
Jim Gentile
Lloyd Moseby
Zoilo Versalles
Warren Cromartie
Jesse Barfield
Larry Parish
Brad Penny
Freddy Garcia
Chan Ho Park
Lastings Millege
Nyjer Morgan
Kevin Witt
Glenn Davis
Julio Franco
Doug Decinces
Cecil Fielder
Mike Greenwell
Kevin Mitchell
Bobby Thigpen
Sixto Lezcano
Ben Oglivie
Bill Gullickson
Clete Boyer
Don Money
Joe Pepitone
Don Buford
Matty Alou
Davey Johnson
Carlos May
Bobby Tolan

   41. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 21, 2013 at 12:09 AM (#4622027)
Freddy Garcia


Wasn't the famous Freddy Garcia, though. The Freddy Garcia who played in Japan was the third baseman/outfielder who played 175 games with Pittsburgh and Atlanta.
   42. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 21, 2013 at 12:15 AM (#4622028)
Off the top of my head, I'd add Ryan Vogelsong, Alvin Davis, Dave Nilsson, and Rob Deer.
   43. AJMcCringleberry Posted: December 21, 2013 at 12:35 AM (#4622033)
Tom Selleck.
   44. puck Posted: December 21, 2013 at 01:05 AM (#4622037)
Deron Williams played in Turkey even more recently (during last season's lockout) and performed so well that Besiktas retired his jersey.


Marbury's been playing in China for a few years and apparently has flourished there. I mean, not just as a basketball player, but he has really enjoyed living there. I don't know if he gets nonsensical words in the Latin alphabet tattooed, however.
   45. IronChef Chris Wok Posted: December 21, 2013 at 02:08 AM (#4622049)
Now he's the Greek God of Woks.


I smiled. A little.
   46. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: December 21, 2013 at 09:33 AM (#4622072)
I don't know if he gets nonsensical words in the Latin alphabet tattooed, however.

I wouldn't know.
   47. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: December 21, 2013 at 10:51 AM (#4622096)
. For a 'Greek God of Walks' he never walked more than he struck out and had just 8 walks in his final season.

The nickname came from the minors, of course, which makes his MLB career so impressive. He realized that his high walk approach wouldn't work and became more aggressive with more power without losing all his pitch selection ability.
   48. Ziggy Posted: December 21, 2013 at 01:13 PM (#4622147)
I nominate Ichiro as the biggest name to play in Japan.

Erm, maybe that's not what you meant?
   49. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 21, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4622197)
One more: Alfonso Soriano (before he was fanous).
   50. tfbg9 Posted: December 21, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4622208)
To paraphrase Tito:

"I've seen Youklis in the shower. He's not the Greek God of anything."
   51. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4622224)
Boy, the Yanks are getting outbid by everyone.
   52. John Northey Posted: December 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4622451)
I figure Cecil Fielder had the biggest impact due to coming back to MLB and hitting 50 HR right away (it had been over a decade since someone hit 50) which showed you could go to Japan and return better than ever. At the time anyone going to Japan was viewed as gone and never to return. Horner just came back shortly before (1988 vs 1990 for Fielder) and flopped (just 60 games with a 102 OPS+ and poor defense) which just enhanced the story for Fielder I suspect.

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