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    Larry Bigbie, the ratty BayStar?

    Posted by simon c on 2008 March 20日 Thursday

    An interesting Yahoo article on the new Yokohama BayStar outfielder Larry Bigbie about his involvement in the Mitchell Report (he was featured on only 1 less page than the Rocket!) He plans on burying his baseball bones here in Japan. I haven’t bothered looking into how many years he used steroids and HGHs, but his career lines of 267/331/395 in the majors and 292/368/421 in the minors aren’t very inspiring. Though the fact that he didn’t see too much of a drop off in the minor to major transition is somewhat promising, and playing home games in the bandbox Yokohama Stadium (308′/93m to both poles and 387′/117m to centre) in a hitters league (Tokyo Dome, helped by its peculiarly straight power alleys, and tiny Hiroshima Stadium are both notorious hitters parks as well) may be his saving grace (the Tamura effect?) especially if he’s used at CF.

    An interesting excerpt from the article:

    Larry Bigbie’s name appeared 93 times in the Mitchell Report. Seven full pages were devoted to him, one fewer than Roger Clemens. Mitchell attributed much of the information accusing Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts of steroid use to Bigbie, his former roommate, and did the same with Jack Cust, the slugging outfielder now with Oakland.

    In news reports, Bigbie was placed alongside Brian McNamee and Kirk Radomski as Mitchell’s informants. He stewed. He had talked, yeah, but says he brought up neither Roberts’ nor Cust’s name and only confirmed information with which Mitchell’s investigators confronted him.

    “They had everything,” he says. “They knew. It wasn’t like I had to sit there and spit names to them.”

    I’ve read somewhere that borderline major leaguers are most likely PED abusers, and this makes sense economically because the the financial incentives to stay in the majors is astronomical, with the crevasse sized gaps between major league and minor league salary as well as in the pension system.

    And I guess he won’t be seeing Cust in person when he arrives in Tokyo for a pair of exhibitions against the Tigers and Giants, and the season opener agaist the Red Sox.

    Posted in 02_English, baseball, information, MLB, NPB, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

    Oji wins 2008 AL Finals!

    Posted by simon c on 2008 March 20日 Thursday

    Congratulations to Oji Paper Ice Hockey Team, the 2008 Asia League Ice Hockey champions!

    3rd place finisher in the regular season, Oji convincingly won the championship, going undefeated in the playoffs reeling off 9 straight victories. Oji let in 2 or less goals in every game but 1 (the 10-5 shootout semifinal win over High1). Goalie Haruna was outstanding throughout the playoffs, and it was no different in the deciding game as he stopped 33 of 35 Cranes shots in the 3-2 win. With a 1.89 GAA, only allowing 17 goals on 221 SOG for a very solid 92.3% save percentage, he probably deserves the finals and playoff MVPs. He outplayed McLennan in the finals, Jamie had been having an excellent playoffs up until that point with a 92% save percentage going into the finals and he had singlehandedly won games for the Cranes, but in the end Haruna was the man.

    This was the first AL championship for Oji (every final before this year featured the Cranes v. Seibu/Kokudo), and the last time Oji won the league was the Japan Ice Hockey League way back in 1994. Congrats Oji!

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    痛いゴール集

    Posted by simon c on 2008 March 20日 Thursday

    ゴーリーの凡ミスや、ゴール周りの攻防でのオウンゴールはさほど珍しくはないけれど、これらは結構痛いなぁ…

    つい先日トロントのToskala が、なんと相手ゴールラインからのクリアシュートをトンネル(?)してしまう。NHL史上最長のゴール?

    これもまた今月、ワシントンのスーパールーキーBackstrom がゴール前のパックをクリアミスしてオウンゴールしてしまう(ホッケーもオウンゴール制度を取り入れればいいのに、スコア上はこっちの方が正確なんだから)。

    11月にはかのJeremy Roenick が通算500ゴール目を決めた。これがまた凄いw

    おまけ:

    エドモントンがアルバータ州のライバルにプレーオフで負けた原因となったSteve Smith の絶対やってはいけない攻めだし…

    オウンゴールを決めて喜び始めてから自分の大失敗に気づく日本代表選手、あちゃー。

    Posted in 01_日本語, hockey, International, NHL, random | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

     
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