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    2008 Asia Series

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 13日 Thursday

    The 2008 Asia Series has opened with an upset resembling the Beijing Olympics as the Uni-Presidents Lions of Taiwan (CPBL) lost 3-4 to the Tianjin Lions of China (CBA). The nightcap features the third Lions team in the NPB champs Saitama Seibu Lions hosting the powerful KBO champs SK Wyverns (who defeated Chunichi Dragons once in the previous edition of this championship). (Correction: Uni-President won the game 7-4 on a 3 run walkoff “sayonara” homerun, the official Asia Series site update puts a 0 in the scoreboard while the inning is still in progress, hence my mistake.)

    The Asia Series narrowly missed out on being a Four Lions affair, as the Korean Samsung Lions bowed out in the Korean postseason semifinals, ah well. It’ll be good to see the full squad of the SK Wyverns, they could very well take this tournament as the Saitama Seibu Lions are missing half the key players from the regular season and postseason due to contract obligations (import outfielder Hiram Bocachica and closer Alex Graman), injuries (shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, catcher Toru Hosokawa, outfielder GG Sato, and first baseman Craig Brazell), and veteran non-participations (starting pitchers Kazuhisa Ishii and Fumiya). Seibu may even drop a game against the Chinese or Taiwanese Lions.

    Anyways, with the total lack of coverage and promotion for this event, it makes you wonder whether the NPB brass are trying to kill the series. Japan is in much the similar situation with the Asia Series as the US is in with the WBC. Nothing to gain and everything to lose. But both events are useful tools for international baseball promotion and NPB and MLB should really get behind these events.

    There’s the issue of playing baseball in mid-November, but this is because the Japan Series is now played in early November due to the Climax Series playoffs implemented in both leagues. But with a 6 games a week schedule, I don’t see why NPB can’t reschedule make up games for rained out games on many of these days off instead of dragging the season on with meaningless make up games right through October. There’s something with Japanese labour law that requires employees not to be working for so many consecutive days, so maybe that is the cause…

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    2008アジアシリーズ

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 November 13日 Thursday

    惜しくもサムソンライオンズが韓国プレーオフの準決勝で敗退してしまい、ライオンズ揃い踏みとはならなかった3ライオンズ対ワイバーンズの2008年アジアシリーズ。

    早速天津ライオンズが統一ライオンズ相手に4−3勝ちの金星。五輪に続いてまたも台湾代表が中国代表に負けましたね。日本代表の西武も気が抜けないだけではなく、主力を多く欠いているのでまた去年みたいに日本代表がSKに勝ちを献上する可能性がかなりあります。(訂正:統一がサヨナラ3ランで7-4の辛勝、天津あなどれないです。)

    しかし、このアジアシリーズ、ほとんど広報活動されてないですね。やはりNPB幹部はやりたくない(成功させたくない)事なのだろうか?MLB幹部の一部がWBCに選手を出すのを拒んでたりしたのと、何か似てるな。

    あと、開催時期だけど、プロ野球は雨天延期試合が何故か全て10月に組み込まれてスケジュールが間延びしちゃうんだけど、移動日がメジャーより多い上移動距離も少ないので、移動日に延期試合を組み込んで、レギュラーシーズン終了時にダラダラ消化試合をしないですむようにできそうなんだけど…?

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