Baseball Week in Review Nov 23rd 2008
Links of the Week
ESPN outlines this years group of Japanese players that are MLB bound, which is a small list. The interview portion of the article is conducted with Marty Brown, a former International League manager of the year that made his way over to Japan after being blocked for the MLB managers job within Cleveland by Eric Wedge. Expect to see Brown stateside with in MLB managers role in a couple of years.
More Japanese baseball related news, as a 16-year female is drafted to pitch in a men’s league.
The knuckleball—the fluttering, hard-to-hit pitch that’s rare in the major leagues—is propelling a 16-year-old girl to the pros in Japan. Eri Yoshida was inspired to learn how to throw the knuckler after seeing a video of Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield. On Monday, she broke the gender barrier by being drafted for an independent league team as Japan’s first female professional baseball player.
Could the knuckleball be the great genetic equalizer for a female possibly entering the MLB in the future?
Sports and the city is Depressed by the Weather and J.P. Can’t argue with that.
Our friends over at ghostrunner on first have just been added to the new Score.com blog network. Make that $$$.
The Blue Jay Hunter remembers the classic Homer at Bat Simpsons episode.
The great Tiger Tales blog created a little metric on Plate Discipline worked around in the zone and out of the zone swings. Blue Jay Marco Scutaro was represented on the disciplined side and Adam Lind on the negative side (with 34% OSwing).
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