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    2008.8.5 Koshien Update

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 August 5日 Tuesday

    The 90th Koshien Summer Tournament is chugging along as we’re now in day 4 of first round games.

    11 games have been played so far and powerhouses Chiben-Wakayama (Wakayama), Kagoshima-Jitsugyo (Kagoshima), Chiben (Nara), Hotoku-Gakuen (East Hyogo), Kanto-Daiichi (East Tokyo), Kisarazu-Sogo (East Chiba), and Urasoe-Shogaku (Okinawa) have all won their first round games, and young Honjo-Daiichi (North Saitama) with a starting lineup consisting seven 1st and 2nd years (with a 1st year 1st baseman slugger hitting cleanup, most unusual as most teams lineups are loaded with 3rd year students as they’re more physically and technically developed at this age) is currently tied with Kaisei (Shimane) 4-4 in the first game of the day right now. (Update: Okuda Pedro just won the game for Honjo by leading off the bottom of the 9th with a walkoff homerun to deep centre on a difficult pitch.)

    Some other notes of interest:

    • Baseball exchange students are on some teams. Iizuka (Fukuoka) had Kim Dong-Ming(? 金東民) from Korea as it’s leadoff hitter and starting shortstop, as a 2nd year, definitely the core of the team. Magario Mike(?) is a Japanese-Brazilian 2nd year outfielder and 187 cm tall slugger for the powerhouse Aomori-Yamada (Aomori). And Honjo-Daiichi (North Saitama) also features two Japanese-Brazilians, ace Ito Diego and starting shortstop Okuda Pedro. They have both gone through the “Centro Trainament Yakult”(?) baseball academy before going to Honjo-Daiichi. Ito Diego (left) and Okuda Pedro
    • Urasoe-Shogaku’s (Okinawa) cap is designed like the Tokyo Yakult Swallows cap, and this is probably intentional as Urasoe is the Okinawan city where the Swallows hold training camp every spring.                   Urasoe-Shogaku         Tokyo Yakult Swallows
    • Pitch counts are often mentioned during game commentary, mostly as how it wears down pitchers, and some teams even talk about a walk being just as valuable as a hit (not true, but close, and way better than discounting the walk). The tides are slowly changing even in high school ball.

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    2008 NPB Team Salaries

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 June 7日 Saturday

    NPB (estimated) salary figures for 2008 were released by the Players Association in May (Japanese). Here’s the raw data.

     

     

    Non-imorts

    Imports

    1$=105JPY (08.6.7)

    Team

    Lg

    Players

    Salary (k JPY)

    Players

    Salary (k JPY)

    Total (k JPY)

    Total (m$)

    Tokyo Yomiuri Giants

    CL

    62

    3,416,330

    6

    1,853,000

    5,269,330

    50.18

    Hanshin Tigers

    CL

    63

    3,324,500

    5

    585,000

    3,909,500

    37.23

    Chunichi Dragons

    CL

    61

    3,084,000

    6

    800,900

    3,884,900

    37.00

    Fukuoka Softbank Hawks

    PL

    62

    3,378,800

    6

    375,000

    3,753,800

    35.75

    Chiba Lotte Marines

    PL

    61

    2,087,800

    6

    636,000

    2,723,800

    25.94

    Orix Buffaloes

    PL

    62

    1,586,800

    6

    991,000

    2,577,800

    24.55

    Yokohama BayStars

    CL

    63

    2,016,800

    6

    385,000

    2,401,800

    22.87

    Tokyo Yakult Swallows

    CL

    62

    1,724,400

    5

    561,000

    2,285,400

    21.77

    Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters

    PL

    61

    1,800,300

    4

    391,000

    2,191,300

    20.87

    Saitama Seibu Lions

    PL

    62

    1,876,100

    4

    280,000

    2,156,100

    20.53

    Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles

    PL

    60

    1,419,100

    4

    480,000

    1,899,100

    18.09

    Hiroshima Toyo Carp

    CL

    63

    1,227,500

    6

    296,000

    1,523,500

    14.51

    *CL: Central League, PL: Pacific League 

    *Import rules can be a bit complicated, as when a player is eligible for the draft (by attending a Japanese high school/university, etc.) and is selected in a draft, or has spent a certain number of years in NPB, they do not count against the import limit.

    Just a quick note that the Giants outspent the Carp by an astounding 3.46 times. If the NPB wants to grow as a whole, instead only a few rich clubs (Giants, Tigers), there needs to be some sort of revenue sharing and salary cap and floor system implemented because NPB is not a league that has promotions and demotions like soccer’s J.League where financially and organizationally stronger clubs naturally rise to the top division (even though the soccer model tends to promote superclubs that far outspend their lower ranked opponents too, but that’s a whole another matter).

    But then again financial parity doesn’t necessary promote greater competition, as shown by the cheaper clubs that have been competing for playoff spots in recent years in both MLB and NPB, while rich clubs have been known to underperform, so money isn’t everything, but it helps.

    And since the Giants and Tigers are reportedly making profits, they clearly have the financial clout to enter MLB (especially with increased TV revenue, assuming all things being equal of course, a big if).

    Also interesting to note that the Tigers are having the most success this year (so far) without spending much on foreign players (only 5th in NPB on total import salaries despite being the best team in Japan), relative to other big spenders.

    The data from Zakzak (since I think the archive disappears after a while):

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