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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reuters: Abe’s new plan to beat deflation: more baseball teams

WHIP deflation now?

A set of recommendations to lift growth in Japan’s economy drafted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s party seen by Reuters calls for slashing corporate taxes, reforming public pensions, and—in a curve ball—increasing the number of professional baseball teams to 16 from 12.

“Prosperous baseball teams could strengthen attachment to regional cities and help local economies thrive,” said the report, which cited the success of U.S. Major League Baseball in nearly doubling from 16 teams to 30 since the 1960s.

 

Expansion cities do not include Portland, San Antonio, or New Jersey

Okinawa, where Abe is pushing to complete a long-planned relocation of a U.S. military base, could get government support to lure a baseball team, the report said.

Shizuoka, west of Tokyo, and two isolated areas that are losing population as Japan’s population ages—the island of Shikoku and the snow country centered on Niigata—were also named as sites for possible new teams.

Greg Franklin Posted: May 21, 2014 at 10:35 AM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: business, expansion, international, japan, politics

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4710682)
The Shikoku Athletics has a nice ring to it.
   2. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4710690)
They'd move from the shadow of the Giants to the shadow of the Giants.
   3. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4710691)
We're not really using the Padres. Make an offer.
   4. Bhaakon Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM (#4710702)
Clearly the key to any economic turnaround is four more baseball teams focused on battling cured meats.

   5. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4710707)
"Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Okinawa Jerky Boys!"
   6. ursus arctos Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4710715)
Given the local attitude to the US military presence, I think we can rule out Yankees for any Okinawa team.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4710721)
Make the Ninja Black Sox a reality!
   8. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4710723)
Make the Ninja Black Sox a reality!

This is great.
   9. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4710724)
Is the Japanese presence in MLB mature now? There's only three active position players now, I think.
   10. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: May 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4710726)
Expansion cities do not include Portland, San Antonio, or New Jersey

They should totally put one of those teams in New York though.
   11. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: May 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM (#4710737)
When I first saw the headline I was wondering who the #### has been having seances with Abe Lincoln.
   12. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: May 21, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4710752)
Maybe it's Abe Simpson.
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

There aren't enough teams these days. Please add four.

P.S. I am not a crackpot.
   13. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: May 21, 2014 at 12:29 PM (#4710761)
I would *love* for MLB to expand into:

- Portland
- Montreal
- Charlotte
- Brooklyn

but I suspect that at least one of those will be filled by either the Rays or the A's and a 3rd NYC team will never happen due to Mets/Yankees' territorialism.
   14. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 21, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4710808)
Clearly the MLB doesnt have enough paid lobbyists on the Hill, or enough connections in the Obama administration. Kudus to the NPB for its effective mercantilism.

Clearly the Yankees/Mets need to step forward with life-time box seats for Paul Krugman, and soon the NYT will fill with columns dedicated to crackpot theories of how Major League Baseball is a key economic driver, instead of an entertainment outlet that is a sinkhole of expensive but lightly used facilities contributing massively to our income gap.
   15. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 21, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4711074)
Shizuoka, west of Tokyo, and two isolated areas that are losing population as Japan’s population ages—the island of Shikoku and the snow country centered on Niigata—were also named as sites for possible new teams.


They probably won't but if they put a team in Shikoku, they should put it in Tokushima. It looks like a neat place - the best rock band of the 21st century, IMO, comes from there, and the city features prominently in this video of one of their songs...

One of the other teams should go in Kawasaki, which used to be the home of three teams (not at the same time), most recently the Lotte Orions in 1991. After the Kobe earthquake of 1995, Kawasaki Stadium was found to be structurally unsound, and the stands were dismantled. They should build another stadium, and get another team, if only to adapt Milwaukee's sausage races to feature runners based on Kawasaki's famous Festival of the Steel Phallus. (Note - this is a real festival in Japan, but if you're in the US, the pictures may be NSFW.)
   16. Nats-Homer-in-DC Posted: May 21, 2014 at 05:46 PM (#4711107)
Good thing Randall Simon isn't playing in Japan and is far away from the phallus race.
   17. RollingWave Posted: May 21, 2014 at 08:24 PM (#4711178)
Well that's probably the one good idea Abe's had, most of his others will be a disaster either in the near or long term.
   18. JE (Jason) Posted: May 22, 2014 at 03:14 AM (#4711312)
When I first saw the headline I was wondering who the #### has been having seances with Abe Lincoln.

When I first saw the headline I was wondering who the #### cares what one of the racing Presidents has to say.

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