I Can't Stop Watching This Dude Try To Hit A 186-MPH Fastball

Ever wondered what it'd be like to stand in against a big-league hurler? Yeah, this is kinda like that, but if the hurler was, like, a Terminator or something. Here's former Japanese ballplayer Takeshi Yamasaki, trying to get his bat around on a nearly 200-mph fastball (the fun starts at around 3:45 in the video… » 8/29/14 1:30pm 8/29/14 1:30pm

Myth Busting: Do Japanese Pitchers Really Throw More Strikeouts In MLB?

When the Yankees signed Masahiro Tanaka this winter, there wasn't any real question that they were getting an outstanding pitcher, but no one was really expecting what he's done so far. Through 22 innings, Tanaka has struck out 28 batters, good for 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (SO/9). That's some serious… » 4/22/14 4:18pm 4/22/14 4:18pm

The Red Sox's Best Reliever Once Aspired To Be A Gym Teacher

Koji Uehara was, by any measure, the Red Sox's best relief pitcher this season. Indeed, only two Boston starters accumulated a higher WAR than Uehara, who finished the regular season with a 1.09 ERA in 74.1 innings pitched—mostly as the third-string closer after injuries to Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey. While he… » 10/03/13 8:30pm 10/03/13 8:30pm

Gahhh! Japanese Baseball Is Terrifying, Reports Hiroki Kuroda

That smiling man up there is Hiroki Kuroda of the New York Yankees. Kuroda's first season in the American League has been a good one—he's got a 134 ERA+ in 16 starts heading into the all-star break. So he has good reason to smile now. But he didn't, way back when, writes David Waldstein in the New York Times. He was… » 7/06/12 10:50am 7/06/12 10:50am

The Japanese Don't Believe In Tommy John Surgery

The durability of major league pitchers is a fun debate to have with old baseball guys who long for the days before middle relievers and letting starters accumulate pitch counts until their tendons snapped in half. Those purists would most likely agree with the coach of Kawamato's technical high school, (that's the… » 4/17/08 7:15pm 4/17/08 7:15pm

It's Close To Midnight And Hichori Morimoto Is Lurking In The Dark

Here is Hichori Morimoto of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters accepting his Japanese Pacific League Golden Glove award. (Umm... back row, second from the left.) Just a word from the wise, Morimoto: Maybe stick to the performance art stilts and Martian or Conehead costumes. They're much less racisty, you know? » 12/16/07 2:30pm 12/16/07 2:30pm