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 Post subject: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:44 pm 
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I give you Yu Darvish.

Dubbed by ESPN as Dice K 2.0, this kid could be the biggest thing to hit America from Japan since Godzilla.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=darvish

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Darvish

Half Iranian and half Japanese (his parents met while at college in St Pete), he's become the biggest star in Japan. His stat line is something to behold.

Year Team W L GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB K ERA
2005 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5 5 14 2 1 94.1 97 37 37 7 48 52 3.53
2006 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 12 5 24 3 2 149.2 128 55 48 12 64 115 2.89
2007 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 15 5 26 12 3 207.2 123 48 42 9 49 210 1.82
2008 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 16 4 25 10 2 200.2 136 44 42 11 53 208 1.88
TOTALS 48 19 89 27 8 652.1 484 184 169 39 214 585 2.33

The kid even has his own website (but it's in Japanese).
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http://darvish-yu.jp/top.html[/url]

Most baseball people think he'll easily top Dice K's transfer fee if he decides he wants to play in US.


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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:14 pm 
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Let me try to organize this better so it is easier to read:
Code:
Year Team                           W  L GS CG SHO    IP   H   R  ER HR  BB   K  ERA
2005 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters   5  5 14  2   1  94.1  97  37  37  7  48  52 3.53
2006 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters  12  5 24  3   2 149.2 128  55  48 12  64 115 2.89
2007 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters  15  5 26 12   3 207.2 123  48  42  9  49 210 1.82
2008 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters  16  4 25 10   2 200.2 136  44  42 11  53 208 1.88

TOTALS                             48 19 89 27   8 652.1 484 184 169 39 214 585 2.33

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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
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Thank you very much.

It makes it much easier to be impressed with his sick numbers.


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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:20 pm 
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Wow. Impressive. How much do you think the Yankees will have to pay him?


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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:34 pm 
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Kingston wrote:
Wow. Impressive. How much do you think the Yankees will have to pay him?



I'm interested in the fact that he might not want to leave Japan. I hope the owners over there can get it together and save Japanese baseball.


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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:45 pm 
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Jeremy wrote:
Kingston wrote:
Wow. Impressive. How much do you think the Yankees will have to pay him?



I'm interested in the fact that he might not want to leave Japan. I hope the owners over there can get it together and save Japanese baseball.


Funny you say that. I heard a guy talking on ESPN not long ago that Japanese ball could eventually go down the same path as the old Negro Leagues. He wasnt talking about extinction, thats a whole different country over there and theyll always have baseball. He meant that Japanese ball could become increasingly less relevant, as their brightest stars start seeing American teams almost as an obligatory move.

Perhaps the summer Mexican Leagues were a better example.


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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:48 pm 
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Any way you slice it, Japan needs baseball and baseball needs Japan.

The sad part is that profit and money is such a motivator over there that they might not understand what a positive influence baseball is on their society until it's all but gone.

Then again I guess this country is headed down the same stinking path. The economy is in the crapper and the Yankees are spending money like they own a small Arab country.


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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
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Mexican baseball is a sad situation these days.


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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
Mexican baseball is a sad situation these days.


Yes, it is. Sports in general in that country are suffering. Cuba and the Dominican Republic are in much better shape baseball wise than Mexico.


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 Post subject: Re: If you needed a reason to care about the WBC
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It always offended me that Castro liked baseball. I always associated dictators with soccer.


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