Author Archives: Daigo Fujiwara

Koji Urehara, Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka: 2014 All Stars

Uehara and Darvish at 2014 pre-All Star Game practice. This year, even though one of them was on DL, was the third time in the MLB history three Japanese players were selected on MLB All Star team. Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka was selected and Koji Uehara filled in the roster for injured Tanaka (though […]

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The other side of story: Horace Wilson who introduced baseball in Japan

Filling this under interesting and odd/strange story related to Japanese baseball. The name Horace Wilson is well-known in Japan. I can confirm that it is true — I even knew his name. “The one who taught us baseball,” Japanese say. It’s an answer to a trivia question, and in first sentence in the “History of […]

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John Farrell on Masahiro Tanaka and challenges for Japanese players

John Farrell worked closely with Daisuke Matsuzaka on his transition to American style of baseball World Series Champion Boston Red Sox’s manager, John Farrell took questions from audience at Boston Chapter of Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) meeting at the Baseball Tavern in Boston, January 20, 2014. He was very good, very articulate, very […]

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Tomohiro Anraku and why Japanese pitchers throws so many pitches

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Saibi High School ace, Tomohiro Anraku A friend of mine forwarded me this amazing, fascinating, very nicely done story about Japanese baseball in ESPN The Magazine: When 772 pitches isn’t enough by By Chris Jones. The story is about a Japanese high school pitcher named Tomohiro Anraku, who threw 772 pitches in a 2013 spring […]

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Koji Uehara’s consecutive perfect saves and his Japanese stats/background

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Photo by Jim Davis of the Boston Globe (Note: stats are updated at the end of streak below) Yu Darvish is leading MLB with 240 strikeouts as of today (that is now the most in a season by Japanese pitcher, with passed Hideo Nomo’s 236 in 1995) and Hisashi Iwakuma and Hiroki Kuroda are both […]

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Ichiro and his bats

A craftsman has his favorite tool to do his craft. and Ichiro, an artist AND scientist of hitting, has his tool. In the story by New York Time’s David Waldsten, For Suzuki, Respect for Bats Is Key to Hitting, Ichiro’s attitude towards his bat is described. “[Ichiro] dresses like a rock star and he carries […]

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