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Japan Series Game 3

» 05 November 2008 » In kbo, npb, npb draft » Comments Off on Japan Series Game 3

Update: I got to watch a little bit of the game last night, and was pretty impressed by I’d definitely recommend checking it out if you’re up. The Giants won the game, 6-4, taking a 2-1 lead in the series. Giants starter Tetsuya Utsumi looked pretty good when I was watching, he was able to throw all his pitches for strikes.

You can check out Game 4, same bat-time, same bat-channel.

Game 3 of the Japan Series is today starting at 6:15pm JST. If you’re a night owl like me you can perhaps check out this channel on to watch it on and chat with the community at

If you miss it, Baseball Reference has a wiki page devoted to this year’s Series.

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Yokohama Looks to Korea

» 25 October 2008 » In kbo, npb » 1 Comment

Sanspo reports that Yokohama is looking to acquire two Korean players, SK Wyverns outfielder Lee Jin-Young and Doosan Bears pitcher Lee Hye-Chun. According to the articles, Lee Hye-Chun is a fastball/slider lefty with a three-quarters motion, while Lee Jin-Young is a steady defender with gap power.

This marks a different approach for the BayStars, who got very little production from their six foreign players in 2008, and won’t bring any of them back for next year. This off-season they’re looking for quality rather than quantity from their foreign roster. Attracting Korean players seems to be business driven as well: “Now Korea is a big market. This time we definitely want to acquire a player from Korea,” said the team official scouting Lee Hye-Chun.

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NPB Bullet Points (2008/07/09)

» 09 July 2008 » In kbo, mlb prospects, npb » Comments Off on NPB Bullet Points (2008/07/09)

Sorry for the lack of updates over the last few days… took a little bit of an extended holiday weekend and did a little traveling. Hope my readers in America hada nice 4th of July. Here are today’s bullet points:

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Shingo Takatsu on his way to Korea

» 15 June 2008 » In kbo » Comments Off on Shingo Takatsu on his way to Korea

According to Nikkan Sports (Japanese), Shingo Takatsu has signed a deal to pitch for the Woori Heroes in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). Shingo had signed a minor league deal with the Cubs, but was released during spring training.

I kind of thought Shingo was washed up before he joined the White Sox a few years ago and he proved me wrong, at least for a season. Here’s hoping he has a little more left to contribute in Korea.

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