Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Yankees’ Kuroda Was Molded by Pain in Japan

News on B.F. Skinner’s brief foray into athletic training . . .

“Kuroda’s first formal introduction to the old-school culture of Japanese baseball came when he was in first grade. After he had made a mistake, the coach administered a punishment known as ketsu batto. He got whacked with a bat (batto) on his backside (ketsu).”

“Starting in elementary school, it was like the military almost,” he said. “If you did something wrong in a game, you’ll get a certain number of spanks with a bat. The next day, you couldn’t even sit in a chair in school.

. . .

“It was all so ingrained in me that I still have a fear of giving up hits and runs,” he said while sitting in the Yankee Stadium dugout before a game last week.

Colonel Lagis Posted: July 08, 2012 at 01:46 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: japan, ketsu battu, yankees

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. The District Attorney Posted: July 08, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4176155)
This might explain how Hideki Matsui became such a perv.
   2. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: July 08, 2012 at 02:24 PM (#4176169)
I never knew that Jerry Sandusky once coached youth baseball in Japan.
   3. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 08, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4176178)
After four days and nights of this treatment, the parents of Kuroda’s teammate intervened more directly. They took the boys back to their house, gave them water and food, and bathed them. They called Kuroda’s mother and told her the situation.

“She said to send me back,” Kuroda said, laughing. “At that point, I knew I had an enemy in my own house.”

Kuroda said his father, a onetime outfielder for the Nankai Hawks who opened a sporting goods store after retiring, believed that his son had made a commitment when he went to that school to play baseball, and that that meant obeying the coach.

But his mother, if firm, seemed more open to reason — at least insofar as she allowed him to spend the night with his friend and return to the coach and the team the next morning


His mother was a shot putter on the Japanese Olympic team. She was probably quite familiar with the concept.
   4. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 08, 2012 at 03:43 PM (#4176196)
That coach is going to be pissed when William Holden blows up the bridge.
   5. karlmagnus Posted: July 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4176232)
Can't the Red Sox send Beckett and Lackey for a training year in a Japanese high school? They'd be so much better when we got them back!
   6. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 08, 2012 at 05:37 PM (#4176235)
Why just one year?
   7. Greg K Posted: July 08, 2012 at 05:50 PM (#4176240)
Can't the Red Sox send Beckett and Lackey for a training year in a Japanese high school? They'd be so much better when we got them back!

Looks like fun to me.
   8. Obo Posted: July 08, 2012 at 06:02 PM (#4176243)
"Strange thing is they make such bloody good cameras."
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 08, 2012 at 06:22 PM (#4176246)
Can't the Red Sox send Beckett and Lackey for a training year in a Japanese high school? They'd be so much better when we got them back!

They'd probably get into a fight with this guy or this guy and be on the DL until 2015.
   10. zack Posted: July 09, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4176878)
Speaking of everyday Japanese high school practices, why is Battle Royale suddenly in theatres?
   11. vortex of dissipation Posted: July 09, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4176925)
Speaking of everyday Japanese high school practices, why is Battle Royale suddenly in theatres?


I'd assume to cash in on all the Hunger Games fans.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
BFFB
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogRoyals’ James Shields passed kidney stone during ALCS but is ready for World Series | The Kansas City Star
(40 - 1:00am, Oct 22)
Last: Roger Freed Is Ready

Newsblog2014 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 OMNICHATTER
(600 - 1:00am, Oct 22)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogMike Scioscia, Matt Williams voted top managers
(16 - 12:57am, Oct 22)
Last: tshipman

NewsblogDealing or dueling – what’s a manager to do? | MGL on Baseball
(19 - 12:52am, Oct 22)
Last: Mike Emeigh

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - October 2014
(316 - 12:38am, Oct 22)
Last: madvillain

NewsblogAs Focus Faded and Losses Piled Up, Royals Change Their Game
(6 - 12:33am, Oct 22)
Last: Roger McDowell spit on me!

NewsblogSielski: A friend fights for ex-Phillie Dick Allen's Hall of Fame induction
(112 - 12:30am, Oct 22)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogOT: Politics, October 2014: Sunshine, Baseball, and Etch A Sketch: How Politicians Use Analogies
(2898 - 11:11pm, Oct 21)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogDombrowski told that Iglesias 'will be fine' for 2015
(21 - 10:22pm, Oct 21)
Last: fra paolo

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014
(852 - 8:40pm, Oct 21)
Last: Biff, highly-regarded young guy

NewsblogBaseball's hardest throwing bullpen - Beyond the Box Score
(10 - 8:02pm, Oct 21)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogMorosi: Could Cain’s story make baseball king of sports world again?
(107 - 7:04pm, Oct 21)
Last: Spahn Insane

NewsblogFan Returns Home Run Ball to Ishikawa; Receives World Series tickets
(55 - 6:26pm, Oct 21)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogBaseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: An Illustrated Guide to the People of Kauffman Stadium
(10 - 6:00pm, Oct 21)
Last: Perry

NewsblogCardinals proud of fourth straight NLCS appearance | cardinals.com
(58 - 5:44pm, Oct 21)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

Page rendered in 0.1019 seconds
53 querie(s) executed