NPB Bullet Points (2008/09/07)

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First bullet points collection in a couple of days… favoring English articles for this round.

English Articles:

Japanese Articles:

  • Junichi Tazawa continues to impress both Japanese and American scouts, this time with 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief in Eneos’s 1-0 win over JFE in the Industrial League Tokyo Intercity Baseball Tournament. Scouts from the Yokohama BayStars, Yankees, and Pirates as well as Braves GM Frank Wren were in attendance. When asked about Tazawa, Yankees scout Kida commented, “please ask Cashman”.
  • Orix has gone on a tear and gotten themselves all the way into 2nd place in the Pacific League. This has pleased team owner Miyauchi, who commented: “the team is clicking” (note: that’s a very loose translation).
  • However, assuming Orix makes the playoffs they’ll have to compete without retiring slugger Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who intends to stop playing after his October 1 retirement ceremony. I’ve never been a Kiyohara fan, but I’d like to see him go out on a high note.
  • Chunichi super-sub Tomas De La Rosa is making a play to stick with the team for next season. He’s considered a key man in the team’s run up to a playoff spot.

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  1. Patrick
    08/09/2008 at 9:36 am Permalink

    Deanna and I saw Tazawa again today as his Eneos narrowly defeated Honda. Tazawa wasn’t sharp, he didn’t hit 150kph on the radar gun and left many pitches high in the zone, but I attributed this to him being overworked during this tournament. Oh, the cheering section for Industrial League is like Koshien on crack, btw, with a stage for cheer squads and cheerleaders, mics and speakers, huge brass section, etc.

  2. Patrick
    08/09/2008 at 12:24 pm Permalink

    The article I linked to said that Tazawa threw 158 pitches on the 4th, then 38 in relief on the 6th, so I can see why he’d be a bit worn out.

  3. Patrick
    09/09/2008 at 12:23 pm Permalink

    I don’t have the media guide in front of me now, but I think Yoshinori is now 19.

  4. Patrick
    09/09/2008 at 1:53 pm Permalink

    His birthday is list as Dec 5, 1989 which would mean he’s not quite 19 yet.