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Hideki Matsui and his ‘Sayonara’ home runs


Hideki Matsui hits a 2-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning in Game 6 of the 2009 MLB World Series at Yankee Stadium (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Hideki Matsui called it a career yesterday, ending his great 20 years of professional baseball, ten in Japan, and another in MLB. He played in total 2,504 […]

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How Japanese closers fared in the Majors, and how will Kyuji Fujikawa do?


The latest news is that Hanshin Tigers closer Kyuji Fujikawa will excercise his international free agent rights and aim to jump to the major leagues (Official announcment in Japanese). In Japan, players earn rights to domestic free agency in 8 years (1160 days), and international free agency in 9 years (1305 days). UPDATE: Fujiakawa signed […]

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Projections for JapaneseBallPlayers, 2011

The baseball season is almost here. Every year, there are a lot of places that publish projections for each of MLB players. Fangraphs.com, one of my favorite baseball sites of all-time, does great job compiling the projections into their player pages. There are projections from Bill James and his Baseball Info Solutions company (cost $10), […]

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Japanese pitchers in MLB by ERA+

Akinori Otsuka in WBC Here’s a list of all pitchers born in Japan to pitch in Major League Baseball (min. 10 IP) sorted by ERA+. ERA+ is 100*[lgERA/ERA], Adjusted to the player’s ballpark(s). So anyone who has better than 100 ERA+ is above average pitcher in that league. Interesting that top 4 pitcher, Takashi Saito, […]

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How will Japanese players fare in 2010, according to the Bill James Handbook

I was inspired by Boston Globe’s Chad Finn’s posting on Extra Bases blog called Some interesting numbers via Bill James , and decided to look up what the projections of Japanese players for the year 2010 from the 2010 edition of the Bill James Handbook. According to James and his company, Ichiro will make History […]

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