Category Archives: JapaneseBallPlayers

Yu Darvish: the ninth Japanese All-Star

American League All-Star Yu Darvish getting ready for All-Star game (Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

American League All-Star Yu Darvish getting ready for All-Star game (Photo: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) LIST UPDATED: Also see 2012 MLB All Star game took place in Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium last week, and Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish won in online “Final Vote” fan voting to become 9th Japanese player to represent a league in […]

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List of Major League Baseball players from Taiwan

Wonderful photo of Lin by Keith Allison. Original flickr link Lin-sanity in Boston! Well, not quite as lin-sane as Jeremy Lin, obviously, but Red Sox rookie outfielder Che Hsuan Lin made an awesome diving catch the other day: Your browser does not support iframes. Che-Hsuan Lin is the 8th Taiwanese-born player to make it to […]

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Yu Darvish vs Hiroki Kuroda: Seventh time Japanese starters faced each other in the major leagues (UPDATED)

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Yu Darvish pitched 8 and 1/3 innings of no-run game with 10 strikeouts against New York Yankees. Darvish is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA for the season. (Photo by Mike Stone/Reuters) NOTE: updated with Hisashi Iwakuma and Yu Darvish facing off on Sept. 14, 2012, And Daisuke Matsuzaka vs Hiroki Kuroda match up on Oct […]

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Opening Series Japan 2012

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Japanese fans stand in front of a huge ad with Ichiro. (Toru Hanai/Reuters) It was almost a month ago now, but Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics played an Opening Series in Japan. I was lucky enough to go to Japan for Opening Series between Boston Red Sox and Athletics in 2008 (photo from the trip […]

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Can Bobby Valentine turn Daisuke Matsuzaka around?

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Daisuke Matsuzaka had elbow surgery last July, but pitching in Fort Myers. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/Boston Globe) After $51 million posting, Daisuke Matsuzaka signed 6 years, $52 million contract with the Boston Red Sox. He went 33-15 with 3.72 ERA in his first two years with the team, but 16-15 since, posting ERA of 5.03. […]

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History of Posting System

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Norichika Aoki at 2009 World Baseball Classic. (Mark J. Terrill/AP) Posting System was put in place in 1998 between Nippon Proffessional Baseball (NPB) and Major League Baseball (MLB) after Japan’s players Hideo Nomo and Alfonso Soriano left to play in MLB without compensation to NPB team, and Hideki Irabu’s trade between the teams in two […]

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Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds remains the only teams without any Japanese players in its history

With a news that Arizona Diamondbacks signing veteran reliever Takashi Saito to a one-year deal another history is made. He will be the first Japanese player to play for the expansion franchise, and there are only two teams left that have not have any Japanese players played for them: Florida Marlins and Cincinnati Reds. I […]

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Hiroyuki Nakajima’s highest bidder was New York Yankees

Hiroyuki Nakajima during the 2009 World Baseball Classic on March 18, 2009 vs Cuba. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Hiroyuki Nakajima during the 2009 World Baseball Classic on March 18, 2009 vs Cuba. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Yankees won rights to negotiate with Hiroyuki Nakajima last week. Obviously, the Yankees do not intend for Nakajima to fight for the starting job at shortstop or second base, although he has been the starter for […]

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History of Japanese players who moved from Nippon Pro Baseball to MLB

In May 8, 2001, Boston Red Sox right-hander Hideo Nomo and Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki faced each other in Fenway Park. (AFP PHOTO/JOHN MOTTERN)

In May 8, 2001, Boston Red Sox right-hander Hideo Nomo and Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki faced each other in Fenway Park. (AFP PHOTO/JOHN MOTTERN) Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci has a very interesting piece on his “Inside Baseball” column. Lack of success by Japanese stars opens debate about next wave: …How players from NPB translate […]

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‘Remembering Hideki Irabu’ by Robert Whiting

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Hideki Irabu I did have a article round-up of Hideki Irabu’s tragic news back in July, but one of my favorite author and SABR Tokyo Chapter member, Robert Whiting, has written great three-part series in The Japan Times. Series is called Remembering Hideki Irabu. A great read. Story of a complicated man. Part 1: Irabu’s […]

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