NPB Bullet Points: Nippon Ham No-No, Kaneko Hurting

» 27 February 2011 » In mlb prospects, npb »

With spring camps in full swing, it’s time to get caught back up with

  • Five Nippon Ham pitchers, led by none other than Yu Darvish, combined for a no-hitter in a practice game against Korea’s Samsung Lions on the 25th. Darvish hit 154 kmph on the gun, and threw a curve at 94 kmph. I guess he came to camp in shape.
  • I’m late on this one, but Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko has been injured since essentially the beginning camp. The Nikkan Sports report I’ve linked to indicates that righty complained of elbow on February 6th, and had surgery on the 9th. He’s rehabbing at Orix’s ni-gun camp. Given that Kaneko logged a career-high number of innings last season this is a bad sign.
  • Masahiro Tanaka and Yuki Saito have crossed paths, but have yet to face each other.
  • In more bad news for Orix, Mike Hessman took a Masahide Kobayashi fastball to the head on the in an intrasquad game 17th. Here’s hoping Mike is all right.
  • According to Sanspo, Lotte has narrowed there list of candidates for their compensation player from Hanshin to two pitchers. A resolution is expected on March 1.
  • Carlos Torres looked pretty good in his appearance against Yakult on the 27th. Here’s a link to the game on
  • I’ve found a bunch of good stuff lately on Twitter: Yakyu Kozo Editor’s photo site, Softbank’s channel, and this Tweet from Data Stadium: “actually the ball probably won’t carry.”

And for something completely different: this collection of Japanese art and graphic design from the 1920’s and 30’s. I like this poster advertising the cancelled 1940 Tokyo Olympics.

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  1. Patrick
    28/02/2011 at 3:11 am Permalink

    Baseball was planned to be played as a demonstration sport in the 1940 Tokyo Olympics. Here is the history of baseball in the Olympics.

    1912 Stockholm
    1936 Berlin
    1956 Melbourne
    1964 Tokyo
    1984 Los Angeles
    1988 Seoul

    1992 Bacelona
    1996 Atlanta
    2000 Sydney
    2004 Athens
    2008 Beijing

  2. Patrick
    01/03/2011 at 4:47 am Permalink

    RIP, Snider and Yonamine.

  3. Patrick
    01/03/2011 at 2:15 pm Permalink

    For a second I was going to freak out when I saw the headline because I was like “Wait a minute, I know Kensuke broke his hand but I didn’t hear anything about Kaneko…” then I realized you weren’t referring to Makoto.

    Yeah, sad about Yonamine. I wonder how well Rob’s book about him has sold, it’s a great story.

  4. Patrick
    01/03/2011 at 2:50 pm Permalink

    Since I’ve started this site my fan allegiances have mostly faded away, but I was still mad when Chihiro got hurt.

  5. Patrick
    01/03/2011 at 4:04 pm Permalink

    For those who have time to kill, here is a documentary (in Japanese) about the 1974 Dragons managed by Yonamine who prevented the Giants, managed by his archrival Kawakami, from reaching V10.

  6. Patrick
    02/03/2011 at 2:25 am Permalink
  7. Patrick
    02/03/2011 at 12:18 pm Permalink

    Yeah but that’s Keisuke Kaneko. Bad time to be an Orix player named Kaneko.

  8. Patrick
    02/03/2011 at 8:48 pm Permalink


    I found Hessman perhaps the funniest looking name from an import (as opposed to a “Japanese export” to Major League, got it?).

    Can you imagine someone in Asia saw that and wonder: “So this guy is hissing a lot?”