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Posted in: Free agent Kawasaki only interested in Mariners See in context

If you said Ichiro is in a worst lineup in baseball, If you were a GM, would you want to continue to spend $18 million a year to build your team around dribbler hitter like Ichiro and add Kawasaki?

Ichiro got old really quick last year. But he's also far, far, far and away the most marketable face on the team and almost certainly a future hall-of famer. May even get to 3000 hits in MLB! He's not going anywhere.

You run down Ichiro's 47 RBIs last year but a) He averaged in the high 60's when the team was actually good b) the BEST leadoff hitter in history - Rickey Henderson - averaged 56 over his career. There are no excuses to be made for Ichiro's RBI production. He's also an amazing defensive player as 10 straight gold gloves indicate.

As I said many times before, I don't think Kawasaki is an MLB player and I don't think he's that solid of an NPB player, either. I wouldn't build anything around him.

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Posted in: Free agent Kawasaki only interested in Mariners See in context

Maybe you don't understand baseball. Ichiro gets alot of hits but barely 40+RBI's per year for how long at $18 million a year? Ichiro only leads off in the first inning, after that, he's in alot of situation where runner is on base and he can drive runs but can't.

No he's not. The Mariners lineup is the worst lineup in baseball. And even if they were a good lineup he's still batting behind the 8 and 9 hitters who are likely the worst hitters on the team.

Learn some baseball and drop the blind Japanese ballplayer hate, sfjp330. It's tiresome.

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Posted in: Free agent Kawasaki only interested in Mariners See in context

A friend who's a M's fan mentioned that they need a run-producer (RBIs) to drive in runs, above yet another base-runner who will just end up getting stranded yet again.

No offense, lostrune, but that makes no sense. An RBI producer is someone who simply gets a hit with runners in scoring position. If a batter can get hits and the batters in front of him can get on, that guy is an RBI producer. It's not a special skill, it's a spot in the lineup.

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Posted in: Free agent Kawasaki only interested in Mariners See in context

All the best players in the WORLD play for the Major Leagues and that's a fact. That is why Ichiro Suzuki is in the major leagues.

And he makes about 3x what he'd make in Japan. US has $$$$$$, that's why the players come calling.

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Posted in: Free agent Kawasaki only interested in Mariners See in context

He will probably fail and go back to the Hawks.

He says he's not interested in coming back to the Hawks, so it'd probably be a different Japanese team.

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Posted in: Free agent Kawasaki only interested in Mariners See in context

Seattle will say, OK, here's your Major League minimum contract, take it or leave it.

He's not getting a major league contract from anyone. Mariners will offer a minor league contract or nothing - and if it's nothing he'll be in Japan next year.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

for example a guy like Mark Trumbo of Angels who immediately hits like 30 homers in the MLB. Who is that player in Japan?

You know how many hit 30Hrs in Japan this year? 2. Okawari-kun with 48 and Balentien with 31. It's not really a power game here, except for the inflated stats of Yomiuri players.

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Posted in: Free agent Kawasaki only interested in Mariners See in context

Nakajima is a much better player than Kawasaki. I can see him being successful well before Kawasaki is. I just don't see how Kawasaki's skill set translates to MLB. I'm honestly not sure how he's so successful in Japan, seems like smoke and mirrors to me.

Strange to think that 2010's "Big 3" Pacific League SSs will all be out of Japan soon.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

But you're basing this on your perceptions, because no direct comparison is possible for you Whereas the scouts and players who have much more direct experience disagree with you. So, I’m inclined to take their word over yours, that’s all.

No, no you aren't. You have said repeatedly IN THIS THREAD how much you think Darvish will be a failure, how MLB teams will shy away from Japanese players. Yet pretty much any scout says Darvish is a hot prospect, will command big bucks, some say can be an ace.

You have your BIASES against Japanese players, but you refuse to admit it. You won't listen to expert opinions (not mine, I am no expert, but the scouts) who say that Darvish, Wada, and Aoki will be sought-after players this offseason.

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Posted in: Islamists claim lead in Egypt vote count See in context

They heavily pushed for Mubaraks removal.

Words.

In case of Libya they got involved with bombs and special forces on the side of the rebels. Now they are itching to get involved Syria.

Big mistake and wrong.

Again, have they learned nothing from the disastrous experience of bringing "liberty" to Iraq?

Probably not - your Neocon friends never learn, always like intervention. I see you like intervention, too - since you are strongly in favor of the US making sure Mubarak was kept in office.

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Posted in: Islamists claim lead in Egypt vote count See in context

How about people like homosexuals and apostates, whose fate under Shariah is death?

...except in the places that practice Shariah where this is not the case. See, you people who are violently anti-Islam think the application of Shariah is black in white - this happens, you must do this. This is true in Iran or Saudi Arabia but it's just not true in the rest of the Muslim world. I can - and have, repeatedly - talked here about places that practice Shariah and the things you just mention do NOT happen. You conveniently ignore this about spout the same lies.

The Copts are threatened because there is basically little government now, they just had a revolution, you might recall. Let's see how things go once there is a functioning government and NOT mob rule, whomever is elected.

Regardless, it's not the US's problem or business. So why bring Obama into it at all?

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Posted in: 8-yr-old girl stabbed by man while walking home from school in Matsudo See in context

Ben, this is very big (and sad) news. People should be informed, and a lot of foreign residents can't or don't read the Japanese news.

I hope this guy is caught very soon.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

sfjp330

What did Nishioka bat in 2010? .330 and all star and Nishioka is at peak of his career at age 26? Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies had Matt Murten. He played in both leagues in MLB and could do much. Then he went into NPB in Japan and look what happened? 200+Record hits? How could this be?

You just haven't figured out they are two different leagues, have you? There's tons of foreign players who haven't made it in NPB, and there's more than a few the other way. People are different at different stages of their careers. Look at Colby Lewis - crap pitcher to start his career, pitches for two years in Hiroshima where he is solid but not great, comes back to the US to be a key starter for the 2-time AL champs. You just don't know how people will react.

I don't know why you bring up Nishioka's or Murton's 2010. Everybody was hitting the ball that year. Aoki also had over 200 hits. In 2009, Nishioka batted.... 260. Why don't you bring that up?

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Posted in: Free agent Kawasaki only interested in Mariners See in context

Well, he IS a .294 career hitter and steals a lot of bases, but yeah, he's no MLB player.

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Posted in: ANA flight canceled after pilot exceeds safe alcohol limit See in context

Piracy

The Japanese say that even a monkey can fall from a tree. If you demand perfection, you will be consistently disappointed by everyone. If you demand perfection or they are out their door, you will be consistently lonely.

Nobody demands perfection. I don't think "not drinking before you fly a commercial jet" is perfection. It's "don't beat your wife" level of no-brainer. Someone with that poor of judgment shouldn't be at the controls of a jet.

Is it too much to ask what your cut and paste is supposed to be about?

You posed questions as if they had not or would not be answered, simple bit of reading showed the investigation is ongoing.

If you don't want my opinion, please don't ask.

You DO have reading issues. You said "Thus, I want the better test". I merely pointed out that you don't have a vote as you are not the pilot, the airline, or the police. Your or my opinion on that topic has nothing to do with anything. The other question was rhetorical.

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Posted in: ANA flight canceled after pilot exceeds safe alcohol limit See in context

Piracy

When important details are missing, such as exactly how much he was drinking over how long a period, again, I am going to ask for the best commonly available. Are you trying to say a blood test is too much hassle? And do you realize that you don't even know if he had his last sip at 4:30 am or if he was merely out until that time?

Is reading the article too much to ask?

"The spokesperson also said that ANA is continuing to investigate the possibility that the captain and his copilot exceeded the maximum alcoholic beverage limit stipulated by ANA rules. "

Thus, I want the better test. I know from experience how bad the breathalyzer is.

It doesn't really matter what you want now, does it? Unless you are the pilot in question or his employer, and I am quite sure you are not?

So you cannot see the difference between wanting to fly drunk and refusing to fly drunk?

No, what I can't see is how anyone who needs to be responsible enough to fly a commercial airliner with hundreds of lives at stake can be so irresponsible to get drunk before a shift. Being wise enough to turn himself in is worthy of a "thanks" on the way out the door. People with great responsibilities need to be held to a much, much higher standard than the general public.

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Posted in: Islamists claim lead in Egypt vote count See in context

A democracy needs a framework; human rights, institutions, political parties, free speech, courts, boundaries. Simply allowing a radicalized majority to trample on everybody else should not not be our idea of democracy.

It's not OUR idea of democracy; haven't you figured that out yet? It's Egypt's right to self-determine. I'd argue it's a fundamental human right.

Have American politicians really learned nothing from their disastrous experience in introducing "democracy" to Iraq? Apparently not.

American politicians didn't introduce democracy to Egypt. They got out of the way and let Egyptians run Egypt.

The classic example is: Should a mixed group with a male majority have a simple majority vote if it is OK to molest the females in the group?

Of course not. It's also very, very much a strawman argument.

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Posted in: ANA flight canceled after pilot exceeds safe alcohol limit See in context

Piracy

The breathalyzer is notriously inaccurate. I hope they took a blood sample to test so as to get this right.

He was drinking shochu - fairly strong stuff - until 4 hours before his flight. How much accuracy do you really think is needed?

But if he was already saying he was too drunk to fly and a test was demanded, then the foul is much less

Nonsense. The foul is just about the same. They should be prohibited from drinking by law 24 hours before going on duty. If that is too onerous, they need to check themselves into a rehab clinic ASAP.

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Posted in: Sushi favorite hides full menu undercover See in context

nearly all are sealed in plastic, styrofoam, cling-film, etc., much more so than in other countries, where natural materials like paper are common.

Plastic IS natural, it comes from the earth as petroleum and is processed to plastic, much like paper is processed from trees.

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Posted in: Islamists claim lead in Egypt vote count See in context

Time for the US to cut the billions in aid we offer these people.

Why, because they don't vote the way YOU like?

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Posted in: Islamists claim lead in Egypt vote count See in context

>It is not about him pontificating in his fabled speeches. It is about him putting diplomatic and financial pressure on Mubarak to step down and open the door to the islamists.

US foreign policy has it upside down.

Yes! They should have pushed HARD to keep the corrupt, unelected Mubarak in power, thus increasing regional hatred toward the West and the US in particular. What the citizens of that country want has no bearing on things whatsoever.

You support democracy or you don't, it's not a matter of "I support democracy when the people exercising their democratic privileges agree with my values." That's not how it works. Good on Obama for supporting the Arab Spring and people's right to freely choose the government they want. One of the few things he's done that I agree with.

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Posted in: ANA flight canceled after pilot exceeds safe alcohol limit See in context

I think that's a firing offense in my opinion. Twice the legal limit before flying hundreds of passengers? Yup...they have no common sense and need to go!

Yes, and it's a jail time offense, too! Thank goodness he was caught before he put the passengers' lives in danger.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

Patrick

The fact that I think the WBC is a waste of time in its current format and timing, and Japan's successes are vastly overrated by the Japanese, doesn't mean that I'm going to make blanket statements that trash NPB in its entirety.

sfjp330 does this all of the time. Every time NPB is brought up or the topic of Japanese players moving to MLB is brought up he/she finds every way to run down Japanese players and NPB. Although saying A-level teams can beat any NPB team is a new low for him/her.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

You are forgetting Fukudome.

WAR between 1.7 and 3.0 over the last 3 years - which is (quite obviously) well above average. He's overpaid but hardly a bust.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

If he start losing 3-4mph in his fastball, he will get hit hard.

This can be said about 99% of professional pitchers.

He is too skinny and I doubt he has endurance to last long season of 162 games in MLB for many years. He will end up having arm problem in the MLB. He has a good stuff but how long will his arm survive in MLB?

I don't understand this. He's used to pitching a lot of innings, he is not some college pitcher who's never pitched more than 100 in a year. He'll be fine.

Because almost most teams that signed big buck Japanese players got burned.

Really? Let's look. Jojima was hardly a "big buck" free agent - $5M/yr is what you would pay a quality middle reliever these days. Kaz Matsui got paid a bit more and was a huge, huge bust. Uehara got a reasonable contract and has pitched reasonably well. Matsuzaka has not pitched to his contract, but this is not surprising as his contract was pure lunacy. Ichiro has been worth every penny. Gojira has been really good until he got old. Kuroda has been a high quality starter for some not very good teams.

The only expensive busts I can think of are Kaz Matsui, Matsuzaka, Kawakami, and Igawa, perhaps Irabu - though he was more mediocre than bad. Others like Nishoka, Kobayashi, Ishii have been bad but relatively cheap.

All MLB teams are shying away from Japanese players.

Nonsense. Aoki, Wada, Darvish, and the overrated and sure to fail Kawasaki will all be playing in MLB next year.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

Patrick

But NPB from top to bottom is inferior to MLB, hence there is no reason for the World Series champ to play the NPB champ each year.

We don't play games to establish who is superior and who is inferior. It's not a math exercise. Baseball tournaments are supposed to be FUN,entertaining! What could be more fun than a global club championship? European football does this with the Champions League and it is immensely entertaining.

I'm sure the Hawks could play a fun, competitive series with the Cardinals. Would the Cardinals win? Oh, most likely. But would people watch, be entertained? Definitely. Look how much fun the old MLB/NPB exhibitions used to be.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

You got guys like Tsyoshi Nishioka, who is at the peak of the game at 26 hit .330 in Japan in 2010, comes over to Minnesota, and barely hits his weight at .200. The guy has weak arm. You tell me why Nishioka couldn't hit.

I could have and in fact did tell people the Nishioka wouldn't be worth a damn in the Majors. I thought his defense would be better than it was as he does have good range but it's not at all surprising that he wasn't a very good hitter this year.

Darvish will not make it U.S. He pitched too many 150+ and 140+ games. He has a flat fastball that doesn't do much. Better for him to stay in minor league ball in Japan.

Again, very glad to see that you know much more than the MLB scouts, some of which think he can be an ace in the US. And why do you insist on calling NPB "minor league ball"? Are we fans supposed to feel insulted by this witticism? I could just as easily call MLB "That league built on PEDs".

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

sfjp330

You know what, some of the top single "A" team in U.S. could beat any Japanese team in a 7 game series.

This is the most ludicrous statement I have read on the sports section of this site in a while. You are always spouting such nonsense, always very very negative on NPB. Why do you bother posting regarding NPB, then?

You'll see that Darvish is a very coveted MLB player this offseason with lots of teams offering lots of money for his services. But hey, I guess you know more than scouts and GMs from the 32 MLB teams, right?

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Posted in: Samsung wins appeal in Apple tablet battle See in context

He said no, he already owns an iPhone, and he wants a tablet to match it.

Of course. If you are an iOS user already you want a device that can sync with your other devices and has an interface you are familiar with.

Interestingly enough, my college-age nephew wants a tablet for Christmas and his mother told me he wants ONLY an Android tablet like the Galaxy, Iconia, or Transformer. This is largely due to him already being an Android user on his smartphone.

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Posted in: Samsung Lions beat Softbank Hawks to win Asia Series See in context

Patrick

As far as the "insult" you perceived from some of my comments, you shouldn't have responded with the Darvish comment. If you'd known what I was talking about, you would've had something relevant to say in return.

Oh, so I am supposed to be a mind reader now? Here's what you said (emphasis added):

"If you think this is what most Japanese baseball fans would want, then you should go back and look at certain "Japanese" NPB players who were kept off previous Japan rosters for the WBC because they weren't Japanese enough, for example they are ethnic Koreans."

For example, you say. "Weren't Japanese enough", you say - the very reason Darvish was able to be drafted by Nippon Ham - the more "Japanese" clubs didn't think much of a "haafu" player. The reason Nagashima was so much more popular than Oh, despite Oh being the record-setting power guy. So which is it? Ethnicity matters, but only if they are Korean, not Iranian, not Taiwanese?

The big money often comes later for many of NPB's stars, which was my point all along. Their main reason for going initially is to play against the best-period.

Of course MLB is a stronger league than NPB. But the NPB guys wouldn't be going there if the payday wasn't so good. Their marketability increases once they play overseas - look at Matsuzaka, still all over ads despite being somewhat of a failure in Boston. Notice NPB talent didn't flow to the West until the West started paying so much more. Or did I miss where Ochiai, Kiyohara, Hara played in the MLB, even though it was the superior league in the 80s and 90s, too?

It doesn't prove anything other than who might've got lucky in one game here and there. The reason behind playing long regular seasons and 5-to-7 game postseason series is to prove that the winner in the end is not only best, but deserves to be champ.

Lucky enough to get to the final. Lucky enough to win your domestic league. Sure gotta play a lot of games to get "lucky", don't you?

Regardless, this loss by the Hawks will more than motivate next year's NPB champ to avenge the loss.

Pretty much any other NPB team wouldn't have choked to the Samsung Lions this year.

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