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« on: October 28, 2005, 09:02:50 AM »
Rika's Hanshin Tigers lose Japan Series!!



Rika's Hanshin Tigers clinched the penant, went on to the Japan Series but got swept! by the Chiba Lotte Marines. Led by ex-New York Mets Benny Agbayani and manager Bobby Valentine who said:

"Let's do battle in a real World Series."

(I like that they wear goggles before being doused with booze)

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2005, 08:33:14 PM »
Damn...oh well. There's always next season.

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2005, 10:28:22 PM »
Bobby Valentine is an egomaniac and an overrated manager.  I'll bet the press in Japan is giving him WAY too much credit for the Marines' championship and that he's eating up the attention like so much cake.  These statements about "a real world series" shouldn't be taken seriously by anyone except those who have ingested too much champagne.

I think there were forces in MLB that wanted him as far away as possible and that they hope he'll stay in Chiba-ken as long as possible.  He made a decent analyst on ESPN but I wouldn't hire him as a manager if I were a GM.


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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2005, 06:42:21 AM »
He's begging like hell to come back to the MLB...let's get MLB rejects and AAA Superstars, like Ex-MLBer Jamie Brown


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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2005, 06:43:54 PM »
It's doubtful (at best) that he'll get back to MLB anytime soon.  After all, although he's been lucky and was able to get the Marines to win this season in the J-League, look at how many seasons he was managing MLB teams and couldn't do SHIT with them.  Part of it could be the talent (or lack thereof) that he had to work with, I agree, but still, the team(s) that he's managed over on this side of the Pacific have never really done that well.

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2005, 07:52:23 PM »
Any Dodger fans out there?

Tommy Lasorda, a consultant to owner Frank McCourt, wants to bring Bobby Valentine to Dodgertown.  

I dunno, it just may happen.  If so, it may further the chaos that was ignited by the firing of GM Paul DePodesta, who was given two years to do...  what, win a World Series?

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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2006, 05:31:33 AM »
*bump*

Congrats to the Nippon Ham Fighters on winning the 2006 Japan Series Crown cover the Chunichi Dragons 4-1!
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20061026&content_id=1724176&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

It also marked the end of the career for veteran outfielder and RIKA'S FAVE PLAYER Tsuyoshi Shinjo!! :w00t:



(I know these pics aren't too flattering but it's the most recent I could find)

Next up!!! MLB MEAT SWEEPSTAKES!! Who's going to the Yankees! ERRR the highest bidder!? Daisuke Matsuzaka:



Peep his stats: http://www.japaneseballplayers.com/en/player.php?id=matsuzaka

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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2006, 12:53:31 AM »
shinjo will be sorely missed..
wow.. nipponham finally won one..
i hope matsuzaka does well in the states.. his run in koshien was legendary..

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« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2006, 02:11:54 AM »
he played in mlb??!! hes retiring right?

how much do the players in japan get piad

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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2006, 07:09:42 AM »
I dunno, but quite a bit. They get pay cuts just to play in the majors and the Yanks picked up another in Igawa.

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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2006, 08:44:47 AM »
Some Korean dude just signed the most lucrative contract in Japanese pro baseball history, around $30 million US for 4 years.  By comparison, A-Rod's salary for 2007 is $27 million.

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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2006, 01:15:52 AM »
japanese baseball are sad...they need to move their seats closer, make the ball bigger, screw the honor system (as in sliding to disrupt a double out play dont know if they still do it though), get rid of the goofy umpire vest, and no more sponsors team names.

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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2006, 07:32:53 AM »
It's cool that I actually saw BOTH the Pacific and Central League MVPs play in the World Baseball Classic this year.

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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2006, 07:08:30 AM »
Hmm, does nippon pro baseball have a deal like MLB.tv?
I think it'd be fun to follow a team for a season. We could even adopt one here, haha.

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« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2006, 09:14:18 AM »
Kei Igawa gets his $20 million, five-year contract huh!?! He looks like my cousin, and that's not a compliment XD



Let the Male Daisu HYPE begin!!

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/video_gallery/showbizzy_interview/g061275.html

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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2006, 08:57:22 PM »
I just checked the regular season standings for the Pacific League: http://www.geocities.com/s_borisov/jb2006/plstandings.html

Yikes, another deflating season for the Eagles.

But y'know, I threw the entire "Pucchi Best 7" album on the iPod and have concluded:

1) there were more good songs by H!P in 2006 than I realized, and

2) "Let's Go Rakuten Eagles" IS one of them, Rika help me!


以上です。

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« Reply #16 on: January 10, 2007, 05:53:26 AM »
Anyone know who's going to be the next big japanese player to come to the US?
I'll show you mine if you show me yours. ;)

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« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2007, 11:29:18 PM »
Quote from: Since1983;279275
Anyone know who's going to be the next big japanese player to come to the US?


Good question.  I don't really follow NPB but I've been looking at Kei Igawa's numbers and he might be a sleeper star for the damn Yankees.  His raw stats aren't that much different from Matsuzaka's (whose first name, thanks to PHONICS, all of North American can now pronounce).  The only thing I'm not sure is park effects.

His attitude seems solid so he won't be a slacker, that's for sure.

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« Reply #18 on: January 13, 2007, 11:09:12 AM »
Quote from: Saburo;280632
Good question.  I don't really follow NPB but I've been looking at Kei Igawa's numbers and he might be a sleeper star for the damn Yankees.  His raw stats aren't that much different from Matsuzaka's (whose first name, thanks to PHONICS, all of North American can now pronounce).  The only thing I'm not sure is park effects.

His attitude seems solid so he won't be a slacker, that's for sure.


Yea, they better be good especially with all this hype over those two right now especially for Matsuzaka. In Boston and NY, where the environment is pretty intense, I think both of these pitchers need to make an impact right away. Or else, they gonna hear it from the fans. Just look at how NY fans treated Arod. But we shall see..
I'll show you mine if you show me yours. ;)

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