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    No ties in Korean baseball

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 June 17日 Tuesday

    From JoongAng Daily, KBO has virtually eliminated tied games starting this season, unlike Japan’s NPB where ties aren’t uncommon.

    Last Thursday, the Woori Heroes edged out the Kia Tigers 2-1 in the bottom of the 14th inning. The game began at 6:32 p.m. and ended at 12:49 a.m. 

    With a 55-minute rain delay in between, the official elapsed time was five hours and 22 minutes. It was the first KBO game ever to end after midnight and the longest game of this season by nine minutes. There were close to 7,000 fans on hand at the beginning of the game at Mokdong Stadium in western Seoul but fewer than 1,000 stayed on until Kang Jung-ho’s walk-off single in the 14th. 

    Starting this season, the KBO abolished the tying rule, whereby a tie would be called after 12 innings in the regular season and 15 innings in playoffs. Ties will still be allowed, however, if a tie game is rained out after five innings or if teams are tied after nine innings of the first game of a double header.

    Hmm.. I’ve of two minds about ties. On one hand, the baseball (and North American sports) tradition of playing endless extra innings (and overtime) until a winner is decided is charming (maybe not quite the right word  😛  ) 

    But the obsession with eliminating ties brought in the stupid shootout in the NHL. Are ties that evil? Of course, with the NHL, you can’t have the playoff style endless overtime during the regular season because the sport is so taxing on the body, but really, what’s wrong with a draw at the end of hockey or football (soccer or gridiron) matches? (Basketball is a high enough scoring sport that it’s easy to break ties in overtime.)

    So, we return to baseball in Asia. Although it’s fun to see how managers deal with never ending extra inning games, and to see the hardcore fans sticking it out, at the same time I don’t feel that ties in regular season baseball are an abomination. Maybe this is because of my exposure to non-North American sports leagues and my hatred for NHL shootouts to break up ties (Asia League Ice Hockey, thankfully, doesn’t use shootouts and accepts ties after 5 minutes of OT). There can be well fought out ties, it’s not always a matter of just settling for them.

    Posted in 02_English, Asia League Ice Hockey, baseball, culture, football, hockey, information, MLB, NFL, NHL, NPB, opinion, soccer | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

    NBA trades

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 February 22日 Friday

    I don’t follow basketball or NBA, but this was just too good to pass up. The “soft cap” system NBA has just makes many of their trades stranger than fiction. Here’s something from Slate:

    After all the foolishness that went into making this trade happen, it’s easy to forget that Jason Kidd is going to Dallas to try to win a championship. The big winner here, though, is Keith Van Horn. Once he goes through the motions of practicing with the Nets, he’ll likely by waived and sent back home. For his trouble, he will be paid $4.3 million. The crowning irony here is that a retired player is getting a fat load of free money because of the NBA’s strict rules to control how much gets spent on salaries. Sure, that makes absolutely no sense—but this is the NBA, where backward logic rules. Now, I wonder who the Lakers could get for Karl Malone …

    If NPB or MLB is ever going to implement a salary cap system, make sure to model it after the NFL or NHL systems and not the NBA absurdity (though, the NFL one produces massive multiyear deals that never materialize, could the NHL possibly have the most sensible salary cap amongst the major sports?)

    Posted in 02_English, NFL, NHL, opinion, random | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    Snow Bowl in Tokyo!

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 February 4日 Monday

    Well, it’s Superbowl Monday (here in the Far East) and appropriately enough, Tokyo is covered in 5-10 cm of snow for the first time in years. I’ve been so busy and out of touch after my Bills lost hope that I wasn’t aware that the Pats juggernaut remains undefeated heading into the Big Game(TM). Tokyo receives annual snowfall, but usually nothing that remains on the ground beyond the day, so this is somewhat uncommon. Global warming, you say? Just kidding. (Pictures of snow in my neighbourhood.)

    my old skool apartment

    my somewhat quiet neighbourhood

    Posted in 02_English, culture, NFL, tokyo | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »