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    Archive for August 25th, 2008

    Oh and Nomura on Hoshino Japan

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 August 25日 Monday

    The day after Team Japan failed miserably out of Beijing Olympic baseball competition by losing to the US in the bronze medal game, NPB resumed action after a short 2 day Olympic finals break. But its been rainy lately in Japan, and many games were cancelled, including the first meetup with the Japanesebaseball.com guys we had planned for the Tigers-Swallows game at Jingu Stadium, and the Hawks-Eagles matchup up in Sendai.

    Once the game was officially cancelled at Sendai, Sadaharu Oh went to pay a visit to Katsuya Nomura, both legendary players and managers in NPB history. With the press present, naturally, the talk quickly turned to why manager Senichi Hoshino‘s team failed to even medal, let alone gold.

    Here’s a snippet of their conversation as reported by Sports Hochi.

    Nomura: Olympics was a failure, wasn’t it?

    Oh: Yes, it was disappointing. It’s difficult. One loss means it’s all over.

    Nomura: It’s difficult to select players. The heart of the order, 3-4-5 hitters need to be solid.

    Oh: It’s always difficult for batters when they face new pitchers for the first time. But ours (Tsuyoshi Wada and Toshiya Sugiuchi) got hit pretty hard. (Comment: Wada and Sugiuchi both pitched 2 games each, Wada 4.82 ERA in 9 1/3 IP and Sugiuchi 0.84 ERA in 10 2/3 IP, so it was only Wada who got hit moderately hard. Olympic stats here.)

    Earlier before Oh’s visit Nomura had already criticized Hoshino Japan, that the team was “unable to make use of all its data. Totally wasted a good thing there. I thought things got off to a bad start when they chose a group of friends to manage the team (Hoshino is friends with coaches Tabuchi and Yamamoto). Managers who used to be pitchers don’t know what position players go through either.” (Comment: Hoshino pitched for the Dragons, peaking in the 70’s.) Oh also commented on the overall team strengths of Korea, Cuba, and USA.

    Oh: They didn’t swing at any balls. Great plate discipline. Once again, we saw how important great batting eyes are. (Comment: says the man who has NPB leading 2390 career walks and an astounding .446 career OBP. At Beijing Japan only walked 24 times, other teams were Canada 15, Cuba 37, Korea 30, Taiwan 30, and USA 34.)

    Nomura: The batters swing without taking big steps.

    Oh: They wait for the ball, and still get distance on the balls they hit.

    Nomura: Different muscles.

    Oh: It’s difficult for starters to pitch relief. Though, I understand that it’s also difficult to select middle relievers on Team Japan… and on top of that the roster size is only 24 players. (Comment: MLB is 25, while NPB uses a 28 man roster with lots of leeway.)

    Nomura: Kids these days are weak. They have the gall take 10 days off by fouling pitches off themselves. I didn’t want to lose my job, so I even played with broken bones.

    Oh: Well, we are 1st and 2nd in all time games played so we were tough, but there are players who give in easily to pain.

    Nomura: You are a man of integrity. I lack integrity. That there shows up in our difference of 200 homeruns. (Comment: 868 v 657 career homruns for the two living legends.)

    The two talked for 40 minutes, but these were the quotes that made it onto Sports Hochi. World’s homerun king Oh, of course, has also led the champion Team Japan in WBC 2006. And Nomura, the greatest hitting catcher in NPB history, managed Cuban manager at Beijing, Antonio Pacheco, when he played at Shidax in the Japanese industrial leagues. Oh has been to the Japan Series 4 times as manager and won twice, Nomura 5 times and won three times. (Comment: Hoshino has been to the Japan Series 3 times as manager but has never won it.)

    Note: This is not a word for word translation, but I’ll reprint the original article here before it disappears from the archives.

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    Posted in 02_English, 03_Translations (英訳ポートフォリオ), baseball, information, olympics, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

    SEIBUのドイツ遠征速報

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 August 25日 Monday

    SEIBUプリンスラビッツのバイエルン州のフッセン市をベースにした、ドイツ遠征の速報です。

    開催日 開始時間 対戦チーム 開催地 所属リーグ
    8 21 19:30 EHCミュンヘン フッセン 2部
    22 19:30 フッセン・レパーズ フッセン 3部
    24 14:30 ERCインゴルシュタット インゴルシュタット 1部
    26 20:00 ラペンズブルグ・タワースターズ ラペンズブルグ 2部
    29 19:30 オグズバーグ・パンサーズ オグズバーグ 1部
    31 18:30 ESVコフバーン コフバーン 3部

    前日の20日にドイツ入りしたからか、最初の2試合は時差ぼけと長旅の影響で散々でした。

    8.21 SEIBU 0 – 3 EHCミュンヘン

    8.22 SEIBU 4 (0-6, 3-1, 0-3) 9 フッセン・レパーズ

    でも休養日を一日置いた後の日曜日に行われたDEL(ドイツ1部)のインゴルシュタットとは、とても良い試合を行った模様です(ドイツ語)。

    8.24 SEIBU 2 – 3 (SO) ERCインゴルシュタット

    0-1 05:48 鈴木 (田中, 内山)
    1-1 06:27 Michael Waginger (Hinterstocker)
    1-2 07:33 鈴木 (内山)
    2-2 30:11 Eric Nicklaus (Ficenec, Rourke) PP2
    3-2 60:00 SO Jakub Ficenec
    反則: ERC 6×2, Seibu 10×2, 観客: 1,200

    なんと、DEL のチーム相手にシュートアウト負け、なかなか立派な結果です。遠征後半も頑張って欲しいです。鈴木キャプテンのラインが大活躍したみたいですね。日本のチーム相手に1,200人入ったってのは、どうなんだろう?

    ちなみに西武の関係者のブログでも、遠征状況が分かります。用具マネージャーのSkate Sharpening Man ブログと、弟がカナダのメジャー・ジュニアで初の日本人選手となった河合選手のブログがあります、なかなか面白いですよ。

    Posted in 01_日本語, Asia League Ice Hockey, hockey, information, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »