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Posted in: Last-place Mariners fire manager Don Wakamatsu See in context

Ichiro's communication concern is nothing more than a paradox... the fact that Japanese players continue to use an interpreter is because of him... he knows quite well that he is a pioneer (of sorts), yet he continues to display a poor example... and now his words (or interpreters) are coming back to haunt him... check foxsports...

the best thing that could happen for the Mariners is for Ichiro to NOT get 200 hits this year... then the Japanese media will get over that fascination, and just maybe Hiroshi Yamauchi will give the OK to managers to move him around in the lineup...

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Posted in: Ichiro depressed by another lost Mariners season See in context

A leadoff hitter's sole responsibility is to get on base for the rbi producers in the 2-5 slots. At 200 hits a season, that means he is on base a minimum of 200 times (not counting walks). Batters can watch the pitcher warming up and while they're on deck <

sorry, but no, you're quite wrong... just ask Ricky Henderson...

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Posted in: Ichiro depressed by another lost Mariners season See in context

<You can't say that getting 200 hits for 10 years in a row helps "sink" a team. Ichiro is a lead-off hitter. It's his job to get on base and steal bases.>

Is he a leadoff hitter? I'd beg to differ... a leadoff hitter's job is to also see pitches; to give the hitters behind him something to see... you want to get at a pitcher early in the game; get his pitch count up... Ichiro does not do those things... and you can't be hesitant on the basepath... Ichiro may have a good steal rate, but he's hardly a threat to pitchers...

Does 200 hits sink a team? think about that again... who really wants that, Ichiro or the Japanese management? Of course, we don't know for sure... but we do know how big Japan is on numbers and stats... it's a great selling point...

That said, I don't blame him for being the leadoff hitter... I blame management for that... I think Lou Piniella knew clearly that he wasn't a real leadoff man, which is why he was tried as a third hitter... I think management was against that move, which was probably part of the differences Piniella had with management... if Ichiro was batting third, Figgins batting leadoff like the true leadoff man he is, I guarentee the M's will score more runs, and earlier in the game... and there won't be any more Figgins-Ichiro DPs...

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Posted in: Asashoryu, in Mongolia, denies he went on drunken rampage See in context

I'm loving this... Sumo is getting exactly what they wanted... they should have let Asa leave on his own terms... now, they're going to pay dearly for booting him out... Asa has more power than the JSA realizes... this situation reminds me of Randy Bass, Tuffy Rhodes, and Alex Cabrera... I can't wait to see where Asa takes this... one thing is for sure, though, he won't disrespect his former stable master...

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Posted in: New book suggests ulterior motive to timing of 1948 executions See in context

^^^^^ meant for this quote

MacArthur was an idiot to execute people around Christmas, war crimes or not, he should have chosen other dates<

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Posted in: Figure skater Miki Ando has learned her lessons See in context

there's no translating... Miki Ando really speaks like that... she's not afraid of speaking in English...

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Posted in: Japan baseball eyes national team for money See in context

And this is obviously prevalent in Japanese baseball where all of the teams are commercially owned. Not only is this hurting Japanese baseball, but it takes something away from the game... for example, I've always thought that team names such as "Nippon Ham Fighters" and "Daiei Hawks" sound absolutely ridiculous (Daiei is a department store chain... it would be like calling the NY Yankees, the "Macy's Yankees").<

Hmmm... Nintendo Mariners... well, Mario and Yoshi were our mascot for a little while in the 90s...

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Posted in: Red Sox upset by Dice-K going public with comments See in context

It's his under-use in the US. If you go your entire life working very hard and then shift to a culture where the athletes don't work hard at all, you're going to have problems. The US teams need to improve their training regimens.<

oic... then explain Suguru Egawa and his retirement at age 32... or Kazuhiro Sasaki retiring shortly after playing in the MLB... Sasaki was given his freedom to use his own regimen as well, and he did...

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Posted in: Red Sox upset by Dice-K going public with comments See in context

predictable... Koshien is finally catching up to Dice-K... his over-use in Japan is starting to show... happened with Nomo, happened with Irabu... but, Nomo never complained, he adjusted... ditto the comments on the WBC...

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Posted in: Chestnut beats Kobayashi to win July Fourth hot dog eating contest See in context

I do believe Kobayashi has said that this would be his last Hotdog competition...

also to note, he did beat Chestnut recently in a pizza eating competition...

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Posted in: Bicultural jazz singer Emi Meyer explores her Japanese side See in context

She is just Emi Mayer and that says it all.<

actually, it doesn't...

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Posted in: Bicultural jazz singer Emi Meyer explores her Japanese side See in context

"Double" is just as stupid as "happa"... not surprising to hear a half-Japanese-American from Seattle, especially of her generation, say this...

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