NPB Bullet Points: Last Week’s Pitching

» 16 August 2010 » In npb »

I had a nice set of links built up, but it looks like most of them got lost in the Internet somewhere. Here’s what’s left:

  • Yokohama pitcher Yota Kosugi took his first career win in his third career start on the 11th. That in itself isn’t particularly interesting, but Kosugi’s route to NPB kind of is. Kosugi dropped out of Asia University in his second year, and took a job making 750 yen/hour at a Freshness Burger restaurant in Harajuku. He continued to work out at his old high school, and got into the industrial leagues with JR Higashi Nihon, which eventually led to Yokohama. Kosugi’s story resembles that of teammate Yo Sugihara, who worked at a DoCoMo cell phone shop in Osaka after being cut loose by Lotte. As a final note, I think that Freshness Burger is easily the best hamburger chain in Japan, with apologies to Mos Burger.
  • Yu Darvish has set a new career high for losses on the 13th, with six. Six. In each of his five previous seasons, Darvish had lost exactly five games, except in 2008 when he lost four. Darvish is now 73-30 for his six-year career.
  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw at 12-K gem over the weekend. Here it is on part one, part two.

Lastly, I came across this phenomenal blog post about minor league life by Mike Ashmore, who covers the double-a Trenton Thunder.

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  1. Patrick
    17/08/2010 at 1:21 am Permalink

    Those JR companies are pronounced Nihon as in JP NIshi Nihon and JR HIgashi Nihon.

    Since Nomo Baseball Club doesn’t have a parent company, players have to work in other places like Sugihara and Fujie, both in Yokohama, did.

  2. Patrick
    17/08/2010 at 8:35 am Permalink

    Those JR companies are pronounced Nihon as in JP NIshi Nihon and JR HIgashi Nihon.

    Thanks, I went ahead and edited that.

  3. Patrick
    17/08/2010 at 9:09 am Permalink

    I meant “JR” Nishi Nihon.

  4. Patrick
    19/08/2010 at 9:28 am Permalink

    Speaking of unusual backgrounds, Takehiro Fukuda debuted today.福田岳洋
    The University of Kyoto Graduate School. That’s something new, isn’t it?

  5. Patrick
    19/08/2010 at 10:00 pm Permalink

    That is different. I saw his name come up in my database this morning, but I didn’t translate it yet. Funnily enough I attempted to attend grad school at Kyo-dai once upon a time, but it didn’t work out.