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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Japan baseball team chases back-office stars for field of dreams

Now the Fighters are building a home of their own in nearby Kitahiroshima. In a sign of their ambitions, American firm HKS, which is handling the design and construction of the Texas Rangers’ new stadium, has been tapped for the project, in partnership with Japanese contractor Obayashi.

The recruiting site offers what it calls a “support tool” for a “harmonious” career change: a customizable PowerPoint presentation for applicants to use to convince their families to pull up stakes and move to Hokkaido….

Employees, the presentation says, will have the opportunity to not only make this vision come to life, but also to become a “rare talent” that can thrive in an uncertain world amid “the age of 100-year life spans, the advent of artificial intelligence and the collapse of the lifetime employment system.”

The presentation talks up the sports industry’s growth prospects, complete with a supporting chart, and the selectivity of a field many consider a “dream job.” It touts a “freewheeling organizational culture that encourages people to take on new challenges,” which it credits with the cultivation of superstars like Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani.

It then proceeds to outline some of the “many charms” of living in Hokkaido, an area shunned by many as too cold for comfort.

The prefecture was rated as the most appealing area to live in Japan for 10 years running, it says. Rents are reasonable, and typhoons wear themselves out before reaching the island. The team also helps pay for heat to get through the frigid northern winters.

“Conclusion: Transferring to the Fighters can lead our family to happiness,” one of the last slides reads.

Switching companies midcareer is a big thing for the Japanese, who have traditionally stayed at one company for most of their careers.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 29, 2019 at 12:49 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: i just don't dig on swine, japan

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   1. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2019 at 12:58 PM (#5875331)
The Fighters have a reputation for unconventional thinking, and their penchant for the presentation software PowerPoint is well known to Japanese baseball fans.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 29, 2019 at 01:02 PM (#5875333)
“Conclusion: Transferring to the Fighters can lead our family to happiness,” one of the last slides reads.
"But Dad...will we be fighting for the ham or against the ham? We need to figure this out before we make a decision."
   3. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: August 29, 2019 at 02:49 PM (#5875364)
their penchant for the presentation software PowerPoint is well known to Japanese baseball fans.
I now have a least-favorite Japanese baseball team.
   4. kubiwan Posted: August 29, 2019 at 03:04 PM (#5875369)
Check out this picture of their current home in the Sapporo Dome...holy foul territory, Batman!
   5. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 29, 2019 at 03:24 PM (#5875374)
Check out this picture of their current home in the Sapporo Dome...holy foul territory, Batman!


That's because of the Sapporo Dome being built as a multi-purpose facility with soccer as the other tenant. When the Sapporo Dome was opened in 2001, its major user was the Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo soccer club in the J-League. It wasn't until 2004 when the Nippon-Ham Fighters moved from Tokyo to Sapporo that the Dome had a NPB team. The Fighters' dissatisfaction with the Sapporo Dome is a major reason for the club building their own stadium. They were dissatisfied with having to share the stadium with a soccer team, wanted to play on natural grass rather than artificial turf, and didn't like the financial arrangement in the Sapporo Dome - they thought the rent was too high, and didn't get any of money from concessions sales. Given all those factors, it's not hard to see why they chose to build a new stadium. Although technically it's in a different city, the new stadium is only 12 miles from Sapporo, so they aren't moving far at all. They also don't need to change the team name, since Hokkaido is the name of the prefecture they play in, not the city (the same as the Diamondbacks or Rockies using Arizona or Colorado as their team name)

I don't care much for hot weather, so if had the talent to play in NPB, Hokkaido would probably be my team of choice to play for, even though I'm a Hiroshima Toyo Carp fan.
   6. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: August 29, 2019 at 03:32 PM (#5875377)
Maybe a name change is in store? The Kitahiroshima Fighters of Ham of Hokkaido rolls off the tongue.
   7. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: August 29, 2019 at 03:38 PM (#5875379)
I have a passing affection for the Carp, if for no other reason than their logo is identical to the Reds'. Also, for a traditionally pretty bad team, they've had their share of really great players. Kinugasa and Kanamoto were both beasts.
   8. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 29, 2019 at 03:42 PM (#5875382)
I have a passing affection for the Carp, if for no other reason than their logo is identical to the Reds'.


I'm a Reds fan, so when I decided to adopt a NPB team, that logo (and the identical cap design) was a major factor in my decision.
   9. Buck Coats Posted: August 29, 2019 at 03:50 PM (#5875385)
Is there an easy way to follow NPB in the US? I'd love to watch games, or even a This Week In Japanese Baseball type thing
   10. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2019 at 04:45 PM (#5875398)
I would certainly watch a Japanese TWIB!
   11. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: August 29, 2019 at 04:56 PM (#5875401)
I think a Japanese TWIB show would do relatively well, in all honesty. At least relative to the likely costs of production.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2019 at 05:19 PM (#5875405)
What's Chairman Kaga up to these days? He could be the Japanese Mel Allen.
   13. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 29, 2019 at 08:05 PM (#5875428)
Is there an easy way to follow NPB in the US? I'd love to watch games, or even a This Week In Japanese Baseball type thing


I'd love to watch games, but I don't think there's any way to do so for free. My broker's wife is Japanese, and a fan, and watches games from Japan, but on a subscription service.

As far as following teams, the NPB site in English is great for up-to-date standings and stats, and following the daily scores, but gives no details of games, or what is going on around the league. I use the Japan Times for game reports and NPB general news.

If you're a Podcast person, there's a Japan Baseball Weekly podcast (in English) updated each week. I'm not a podcast person, so I can't vouch for its worth, but it can be accessed here.
   14. PreservedFish Posted: August 29, 2019 at 09:33 PM (#5875452)
Just googled - there's a wiki on the Reddit NPB forum with some extremely detailed instructions on how to watch games. Link
   15. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: August 30, 2019 at 10:08 AM (#5875530)
Is there an easy way to follow NPB in the US?

You'd think MLB Network would get in on this action, but I guess they don't really want to remind people that there's high-level baseball outside the you-know-what.
   16. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: August 30, 2019 at 10:17 AM (#5875536)
I'd think a non-MLB network might be the place to go, someone trying to fill time, with a third party packaging highlights and features.
Similarly, I'd think a minor league TWIB show might be a decent add for the MLB network.
   17. Darren Posted: August 30, 2019 at 10:25 AM (#5875545)
I needed a schematic to follow that headline.
   18. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 30, 2019 at 01:31 PM (#5875646)
Just googled - there's a wiki on the Reddit NPB forum with some extremely detailed instructions on how to watch games. Link


Thanks, PF. I'll have to see if I can get any of those to work.

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