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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) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: June 01, 2014 at 04:57 AM (#4716764)
Doesn't this set of photos make him the MOST photogenic baseball player ever?
   2. Drexl Spivey Posted: June 01, 2014 at 05:53 AM (#4716765)
Doesn't this set of photos make him the MOST photogenic baseball player ever?


Only if you think that felines are photogenic.

Aoki sometimes looks like a skittish cat.
   3. morineko Posted: June 01, 2014 at 08:41 AM (#4716770)
I noticed this in Aoki's first year with the Brewers when I was sitting in the 3rd deck behind home plate at Target Field and taking pictures of the batters. I have a whole string of ones of Aoki falling over in the batter's box.
   4. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: June 01, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4716812)
Only if you think that felines are photogenic.


You been on the internet long, son?
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 01, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4716829)
These photos are fabulous.
   6. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: June 01, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4716832)
The gif in the comments is the best. Right in the dick!
   7. eric Posted: June 01, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4716886)
lots of photoshop-contest-worthy pics in there.
   8. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 01, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4716934)
My final answer is still Otis Nixon, thanks.
   9. Cblau Posted: June 01, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4717033)
Apparently the author never saw Don Mossi.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2014 at 10:25 PM (#4717084)
He was hit in the nuts on Friday night by a fly ball, and today he fell down twice. He is the most awkward player I have ever seen and I'm surprised he doesn't kill himself playing baseball. He's like a flailing Muppet in a Royals jersey.
   11. asinwreck Posted: June 01, 2014 at 10:34 PM (#4717085)
Don Mossi, Sid Bream, and Joe Torre say hi.
   12. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: June 01, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4717089)
I've been showing this link to my friends, even those who don't like or follow baseball, for the humour value. They've loved it. These pictures are great.
   13. Cooper Nielson Posted: June 01, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4717098)
I think the headline doesn't really match the story, which pretty much has a "Norichika Aoki is awesome" tone.
   14. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 01, 2014 at 11:35 PM (#4717119)
Wow, I laughed so hard I had tears. This really hit the spot for whatever reason. New favorite player.
   15. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 01, 2014 at 11:48 PM (#4717121)
He was hit in the nuts on Friday night by a fly ball, and today he fell down twice. He is the most awkward player I have ever seen and I'm surprised he doesn't kill himself playing baseball. He's like a flailing Muppet in a Royals jersey.

the Asian Lonnie Smith
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2014 at 11:57 PM (#4717127)
This really hit the spot for whatever reason


It hit him in the dick!

The gif in the comments is the best. Right in the dick!


It works on so many levels!
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 01, 2014 at 11:59 PM (#4717128)
Nori falling down on the basepaths today. I swear someone is offering him money based on how many baseball blooper reels he can make it into this year.
   18. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 02, 2014 at 12:09 AM (#4717132)
Nori falling down on the basepaths today. I swear someone is offering him money based on how many baseball blooper reels he can make it into this year.

that's a amazing double f-up--check the th'ow from the ketcher
   19. Joe Bivens will never admit, will make some excuse Posted: June 02, 2014 at 08:44 AM (#4717174)
He's not afraid to get his uniform dirty.
   20. Hal Chase School of Professionalism Posted: June 02, 2014 at 09:35 AM (#4717200)
He's not afraid to get his uniform dirty.


Hell, it's not like he has a choice.

   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 06, 2014 at 02:11 PM (#4720474)
   22. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: June 06, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4720479)
Gold, Jerry, Gold!!!

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