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Golden Glove Winners

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The 2009 Golden Glove Winners have been announced, and Nippon Ham dominated the Pacific League with seven players receiving the award. Tetsuya Matsumoto of the Giants became the first former ikusei player to win a Golden Glove.

Central League Pacific League
P Dicky Gonzalez (Giants) Hideaki Wakui (Lions)
CA Motonobu Tanishige (Dragons) Shinya Tsuruoka (Fighters)
1B Kenta Kurihara (Carps) Shinji Takahashi (Fighters)
2B Masahiro Araki (Dragons) Kensuke Tanaka (Fighters)
3B Shinya Miyamoto (Swallows) Eiichi Koyano (Fighters)
SS Hirokazu Ibata (Dragons) Makoto Kaneko (Fighters)
OF Norichika Aoki (Swallows) Yoshio Itoi (Fighters)
OF Tetsuya Matsumoto (Giants) Tomotaka Sakaguchi (Buffaloes)
OF Yoshiyuki Kamei (Giants) Atsunori Inaba (Fighters)

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ラズナー楽天と再契約

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関係者によると、ダレル・ラズナーが楽天に復帰する契約に合意したというのが明らかになりました。楽天側は2010年のチームオプションを破棄したものの、新たな一年契約(2011年オプション付き)で合意に至ったようです。契約の詳細はまだ明らかになっていません。

日本での一年目に苦労したラズナーでしたが、シーズンが進みに連れて本来の投球を見せ始めました。来季は新監督のマーティー・ブラウンの元どういった成績を残せるのかに注目が集まります。

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Rasner Re-signs with Rakuten

» 12 November 2009 » In npb » 3 Comments

According to a baseball source, Darrell Rasner has agreed to a deal to return to the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Rakuten declined their team option for 2010, but the two sides came to terms on a new one-year contract with an option for 2011. The deal’s financial terms are unknown.

Rasner struggled in his first year in Japan, but showed some signs of coming around late in the season. We’ll see how he does under new manager Marty Brown.

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2010 Foreign Player Candidates

» 12 November 2009 » In nichibei, npb » 3 Comments

There’s always a high turnover among foreign players in Japan. This year will be no different, with 30+ players already gone from their 2009 employers. By the end of next season, we’ll have seen 35-45 new players in Japan.

Like most years, the biggest needs around the league are corner outfielders, pitchers, and first basemen. There will be a couple third base and DH spots open as well.

This is mostly my own speculation. Some of the names came out of the Japanese media, but many have not, so take this list with a grain of salt.

Possible Returnees

  • CJ Nitkowski - seemed like he had a deal to go back to Japan before Doosan snapped him up off waivers from SK
  • Rick Guttormson - Orix is looking at bringing Gutto back from Korea; has an NPB no-hitter to his name
  • Brad Thomas - Thomas has spent the last year or two in Korea, is on Hanshin’s list
  • Gary Glover – Yet another NPB vet in Korea, Glover had previously pitched for Yomiuri
  • Mitch Jones - didn’t get a chance in his stint with Nippon Ham, hit 35 home runs in the hitter-friendly PCL this year
  • Val Pascucci – has been productive in three AAA seasons since returning from his stint with Chiba Lotte
  • Buddy Carlyle - has been better with Atlanta than he was with Hanshin during the early 00’s
  • Winston Abreu - lit up AAA again this year, got lit up in the majors; did well in his tenure with Lotte

Korean Imports

  • Kim Dong-Ju – Lotte is reportedly ready to jump on a plan and sign this guy once the FA season opens
  • Kim Tae-Gyun – Hanshin was scouting Korea over the summer, and this Kim was a name that showed up in reports
  • Lee Beom-Ho- ditto for Lee

NPB Migrants

  • Termel Sledge – won’t be back with Nippon Ham next year; Yokohama, SoftBank reportedly interested
  • Greg LaRocca – has been productive when healthy, could get a shot somewhere else if Orix chooses not to retain his services
  • Dan Johnson – batting average side, put in a productive year for Yokohama, still wasn’t retained
  • Seth Greisinger – has put up three good years in Japan, may not fit into Yomiuri’s plans for next year; Hanshin would gladly take him
  • Brian Sikorski – posted a great year for Lotte; if they don’t keep him, Yokohama is interested

4A Veterans

  • Mike Hessman - tenured AAA slugger, doesn’t hit for average but walks and has a power bat
  • Lenny DiNardo – coming off a great AAA season, has never been able to strike MLB hitters out
  • Bobby Korecky – reliever with nothing left to prove at AAA
  • Kevin Frandsen – doesn’t fit the power-hitting mold NPB teams usually like, but can play multiple positions and hit for average
  • Matt Murton – another sharp hitter who has mastered AAA pitching
  • Chris Shelton – has had two productive MLB seasons, continues to perform at AAA
  • Brad Eldred – another veteran AAA slugger, though his average has dropped in the last few years
  • Wily Mo Pena - I thought he was on his way to Japan when the Mets released him during the season
  • Charlie Haeger - has come up on Hanshin’s list
  • Rich Hill - he has a Japan-style curveball
  • Jason Dubois – perhaps the most well-rounded of the AAA sluggers I’ve listed here, Dubois hits for reasonable average and gets on base, at least at AAA
  • Scott Strickland – was good with the Expos a few years ago, hasn’t gotten another chance
  • Evan MacLane – rumor is that he’s headed to Japan rather than resigning with the Cardinals

Fringey MLB Guys

  • Marcus Thames - Hanshin was interested in him a few years ago, but Detroit held on to him and he played pretty well
  • Eric Hinske – SoftBank was interested last year, and is again this year
  • Chris Bootcheck – has the velocity to succeed in Japan
  • Denny Bautista – another hard thrower who’s bounced between AAA and MLB

Who are some other good candidates?

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More on Matsui

» 12 November 2009 » In mlb » 6 Comments

It looks like the reports of Boston’s interest in Hideki Matsui drew quite a bit of attention the other day, possibly getting blown just a wee bit out of proportion. All the reports in the Japanese media, which idolizes Matsui, are saying that Godzilla is shaping up to a plan b to Jason Bay.

When asked by the Japanese press, Theo Epstein played down the idea of signing Matsui. Quoted in Sponichi: “Our DH next season is [David] Ortiz. His last four months of this season were good, and I think next year will be a good season for him”; and Daily Sports, commenting more specifically on Matsui: “we aren’t thinking about it that deeply. Right now we have our hands full with our own free agents.” Incidentally, Epstein has been quoted as saying he wants to keep Takashi Saito around.

In other news, Sponichi has a report that the Rays would consider Matsui if they can move Pat Burell, reports persist that the Angels could turn to Matsui if negotiations with Vlad Guererro stall, and the Mets are looking into whether Matsui can play in the field on a regular basis.

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