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    Posts Tagged ‘rangers’

    WBC uniform watch

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 April 3日 Friday

    I’m sure many people noticed this, but some WBC uniforms are alarmingly similar to MLB uniforms. Guess that’s template at work (and lack of creative colour schemes due to flag colours, though not every nation adheres to their flag stripes). Anyways, without further ado, here they are:

    Australia

    wbc_australia_h

    South Africa

    wbc_sa_h

    It was difficult to tell them apart on quick glance, especially since they played in the same pool in Mexico City.

    wbc_sa_v

    Oakland Athletics

    mlb_oak_h

    mlb_oak_v2

    Different font, obviously, but pretty similar otherwise.

    Canada (home)

    wbc_canada_h1

    LAnaheim Angels

    mlb_laa_h

    Canada has the faux vest thing going.

    Canada (away)

    wbc_canada_v

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Cardinals Diamondbacks Baseball

    Reverse the font colouring, and you’re basically there.

    Dominican Republic

    wbc_dr_h

    wbc_dr_v

    Future Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez pitching for his homeland, earning a job with the Mets in the process.

    Texas Rangers

    mlb_tx_h3

    mlb_tx_v

    There’s that annoying underarm panel in many WBC jerseys, and the helmet bill’s different colour, but otherwise…

    Italy

    wbc_italy_v2

    LA Dodgers

    mlb_dodg_v3

    (Immortal Manny at work)

    Obviously. Was this done because of the Piazza-Lasorda connection from the first WBC?

    Netherlands (the Cinderella!)

    wbc_ned_h

    Baltimore Orioles

    mlb_bal_h

    Cap colours need to be reversed, and MLB teams seem to be fond of cursive fonts while WBC unis tend to use block fonts.

    Now for the more far fetched connections after this jump

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    Alexei Cherepanov 選手

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 October 21日 Tuesday

    10月13日のロシアKHL の試合で、ロシア代表とAvangard Omsk の新星スターであり、NY レンジャーズのドラフト1位選手だったAlexei Cherepanov 選手(19) が試合終了直前に、ベンチで心臓停止で倒れて帰らぬ人となってしまいました(現場での緊急医療対応不足等いろいろ問題もあったそうですが、とても残念な事です)。

    Avangard Omsk によるトリビュート・ビデオ(高画質版):

    ご冥福をお祈りします。

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    NHL対欧州クラブチーム2008試合結果

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 October 3日 Friday

    NHL 2008-09 シーズンのチェコ(プラハ:レンジャーズ対ライトニング)とスウェーデン(ストックホルム:セネターズ対ペンギンズ)の同時海外開幕に先駆けて、NHL チーム対欧州クラブチームの対決が6試合実現されました。

    9月後半の時点ではNHL チームはまだトレーニングキャンプ中なので、まだプレシーズン8試合目とかそういう状況でした。欧州リーグは開幕が9月初旬だったりするので、もうこの時点でプレシーズンとレギュラーシーズン合わせて20試合戦ってきていたりしますので、チームの仕上がり状態は海の両側で結構違います。

    とりあえず結果を:

    9/28 Eisbaren Berlin (GER) 1 (1-0, 0-2, 0-2) 4 タンパベイ・ライトニング

    9/30 SC Bern (SUI) 1 (0-2, 0-0, 1-6) 8 NY レンジャーズ

    9/30 Slovan Bratislava (SVK) 2 (0-1, 1-0, 1-1, 0-0, SO 0-1) 3 タンパベイ・ライトニング

    10/1 Mettallurg Magnitogorsk (RUS) 3 (2-0, 1-1, 0-3) 4 NY レンジャーズ (ビクトリア杯)

    10/2 Jokerit Helsinki (FIN) 1 – 4 ピッツバーグ・ペンギンズ

    10/2 HC Frolunda (SWE) 1 – 4 オタワ・セネターズ

    このうちビクトリア・カップとセネターズの試合をそれぞれ半分くらい見る事ができました。

    感想としては、普段見れない組み合わせのカードばかりなので、面白い。そしてNHL チームが6戦全勝したものの、スロバキアのSlovan 相手にライトニングはSO (GWG) による辛勝(ちなみにNHL対スロバキアのチームはこれが初)、肝心なビクトリア杯では2ピリ終了間際まではMetallurg が3-0 で勝っていたものの、キャプテンのChris Drury が一人奮闘しレンジャーズが試合残り20秒のCallahan のゴールでこちらも辛勝。Metallurg のゴーリーのMezin がヤバかったです。Metallurg は昨季の欧州王者だが、今季開始したロシア・スーパー・リーグ(RSL) の後継であるKHL (コンチネンタル・ホッケー・リーグ)での成績は平凡。NHL とKHL のレベルに明らかな差があるものの、KHL はAHL やスウェーデンのエリートリーグ(Elitserien) を凌ぐ世界No.2 のアイスホッケーリーグでしょう。両チームともそれぞれのリーグの王者とは程遠い者同士の対決になったビクトリア・カップだったのですが、WBC の一回目みたいにとりあえず開催は成功したんじゃないでしょうか、レンジャーズはかなりガチで試合してたし。セネターズのスウェーデン人キャプテンDaniel Alfredsson は、古巣相手に1ゴール1アシストの活躍。

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    ジョシュ・ハミルトンのHRダービー

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 July 15日 Tuesday

    メジャーのオールスター・ゲームの前日に行われるホームラン競争での出来事。

    薬物・アルコール中毒から3年間のブランクを空けてカムバックを成功させたテキサス・レンジャーズのジョシュ・ハミルトン選手、なんとオールスター休憩の時点でもう95打点。

    そしてバッティングピッチャーを務めたのが彼の高校の恩師であり71歳のClay Counsil氏。ヤンキースタジアムには生涯に一度しか訪れていた事は無かったが、その日はなんとドン・ラーセンがワールドシリーズで唯一の完璧試合をブルックリン・ドジャース相手に投げた1956年10月8日。野球って面白いですねー。

    肝心のHRダービーは特に8アウトからの連発(しかも外野観客席上段に軽々と放り込んでる!)でニューヨークのファンも凄く熱気的になっているこの映像に注目!ちなみに1ラウンドでの28本は、ボビー・アブレイユの24本を抜いて新記録。でも、何が凄いかっていうと、とにかくハミルトンの打球の飛距離とキレイなフォーム。あと、レフトとライトスタンドの前の席に新しい席を追加したみたいだけど、あれはダービー用だったのかな?それもHRとしてカウントしてたけどw

    普段はHRダービーやオールスターにほとんど興味の無い自分ですが、ヤンキースタジアム最終年のこれにはさすがに鳥肌が立ちました。

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    NYレンジャーズAvery選手 Vogue誌でインターン

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 June 26日 Thursday

    はい、あの超有名なファッション誌のVogue です。

    アメリカのVogue の記事(英語)ですが、なんとNYレンジャーズの変わり者Sean Avery 選手(28)は、今なんとVogue 誌で最低賃金でインターン生をやっています。記事の内容からすると、いつもファッションに興味があったAvery 選手(中田ヒデみたい?)は主にファッション撮影の現場を「手伝っている」らしいのですが、今週はmensvogue.com のゲスト編集者も経験したそうです。どうやってインターン生になったのかというと、プレーオフが始まる前に「レンジャーズが優勝した後に、Vogue 誌でインターンできますか?」とVogue編集長のAnna Wintour さんに書いたそうです(そしてレンジャーズがペンギンズに敗れプレーオフ敗退した後にすぐVogue でインターンを始めたそうです)。いつも意外性と話題性には欠けない男(プレーオフでNJデビルズの名ゴーリー・ブロデューアの顔の前で、手を振り回してあからさまに視界を邪魔してたのは、ついこないだですからね)ですが、またレベルアップしましたね。

    Thank God for Day Two and Shoot Two. The photographer was shooting a pop band in a studio. The production lasted for hours and hours, but I had a smile plastered on me all day. This was the first time I was able to have real input into something I love — yes, clothes. Aside from the selfish part, though, it was incredible to watch a shoot unfold with a cast of stylists and assistants and fashion editors all working toward a common vision. I added a few ideas that ended up in the photos — try to spot the leopard-print Alexander McQueen vest that pulled the outfit together.

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    MLB in Japan

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 June 2日 Monday

    This is not news, since the ESPN Jim Caple story was posted a few days ago (following his great piece on Yu Darvish), EWC covered it, and Michael Westbay of Japanese Baseball had a conversation about it a few weeks ago with Jim Allen and Robert Whiting, both extremely knowledgeable veterans covering Japanese baseball (would’ve loved to have been a fly on the wall there).

    All the ideas that are bandied about are still pure speculation, but it’s interesting that the ideas of MLB putting team(s) in Japan or MLB absorbing NPB have gained more traction with the coming of the new NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato who is a former diplomat to the US, and absolutely loves MLB. The thought of him being a great improvement over bumbling Negoro was my initial reaction, but Kato’s US ties does bring up interesting MLB possibilities.

    Caple’s comparisons with the Dodgers and Giants moving to the west coast is interesting. Having Yomiuri (who, let by grumpy old former “owner” Watanabe, threaten to leave NPB to form their own league from time to time) and Hanshin (the 2 reliably profitable NPB teams with some financial clout), and maybe 1-2 teams from Korea and Taiwan who are similarly financially stable form the “Asia Division” of MLB might be an interesting and possibly feasible idea that hasn’t been mentioned yet. Yomiuri Newspaper did sponsor the MLB season opener which clashed with the Pacific League season which had already opened, so there’s another jab.

    Then again, neither the owners or players in the States will ever let something like this happen. Jet travel has become more accessible than back when the teams relocated to SF and LA, but it hasn’t shrunken travel time across the Pacific enough to seriously merit this idea… until a new generation of supersonic airliners are developed  😛  Even then, the time difference and jet lag will be balked at, as TV money is key in the States, and major leaguers are more delicate than normal human beings who regularly cross the Pacific and go to work the next day.

    Another pie in the sky scenario that I’ve always envisioned is the Asian Baseball League. We can include all existing NPB, KBO, and CPBL teams here, that’ll be 12, 8, and 6 for a total of 26 teams. Not bad. The problem here is that NPB (and KBO and CPBL) depend on gate receipts, and the country is small enough that teams usually count on visiting fans to boost attendance (especially in the more geographically compact Central League). Then again, up in Hokkaido and down in Fukuoka, the Fighters and Hawks seem to do pretty well drawing fans despite their geographic isolation from the Japanese mainland of Honshu, but overall the economic situation of NPB teams are much unhealthier than their MLB counterparts where they work together to promote MLB as a whole instead of NPB where the owners bicker with each other and only look after their own team’s interests, but NPB teams tend to be advertising arms of corporations so being in red ink isn’t seen as being too much of a big deal (though obviously it would be better to be a profitable entity on its own, like the Giants and Tigers).

    Incidentally, I thought the more progressive Pacific League forming an Asian League with KBO and CPBL while leaving the staunch Central League in the dust would’ve been interesting, this popped up a few years ago before CL relented to interleague play. But this still faces the same attendance problem. Asia League Ice Hockey (4 teams in Japan, 2 in Korea, 1 in China) games have much lower attendance figures for international matches than domestic matches, again because of fans of the visiting teams tend not to travel overseas (even though it’s now affordable in this region). And another thought that crossed my mind was that if Yomiuri and Hanshin tried to join MLB on their own, that move sort of mirrors the Rangers and Celtic trying to join the English Premiership from their Scottish Premier League, leaving aside obvious geographical differences, this is the big fish in small pond thing, at least financially.

    Now I’m just rambling, so I’ll stop here. Nothing will change in the short term, but the increased mainstream media attention and the new NPB commissioner does bring an interesting twist to this MLB in Japan story that reanimates itself every now and then. But for Asian baseball development, an expanded Konami Cup/Asia Series or some interlocking scheduling between NPB, KBO, and CPBL would be more beneficial than MLB rolling in as an 800 pound gorilla.

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    Halifax Forum

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 May 8日 Thursday

    Great IIHF article on one of the older arenas in Canada that normally stays out of the limelight (this time too, as it is a practice facility). The Kitchener Memorial Auditorium was an awesome barn, with about 6000 capacity, when I saw a game there last year. They’re adding a couple of thousand seats to the arena though, so I wonder how the new Aud will feel. The games head into the 2nd round and relegation series after the games today. A doozy of good looking games on schedule today (Sweden-Switzerland, Finland-Slovakia, Belarus-France, Norway-Germany). 

    HALIFAX – The voice behind “cannonading drive” started here, and the Voyageurs thrived in this gem of a barn that now is the practice facility for the IIHF World Championship in Halifax.

    The hallways are concrete and the seats made of wood. The smell of ice and Zamboni fumes hit you the moment you walk into the time machine known as the Forum. Built in 1927, it was the first arena with artificial ice east of Montreal. Today, it is a busy remnant of bygone days, a veritable active museum of sorts.

    When it opened officially on December 21, 1927, the Forum was packed to the rafters. Some 5,500 fans can squeeze in for big games, and over the years there have been many. The roof is almost flat and made of wood. Large tarps hang just below the ceiling to catch dust and dirt. 

    Steel beams near the ice create obstructed views for some fans, but the most remarkable thing about watching a game here is the sound. From every seat in the house you can hear players talk on the bench, officials howl “icing!” and players holler “yep” as they look for a pass. You are not just watching a game here—you are part of the game.

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    Diving stars

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 28日 Monday

    Sidney Crosby, NHL’s newest superstar, is a well known diver which his opposing fans often points out, and it’s currently causing some commotions among New York Ranger fans as Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins are up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals thanks to some controversial penalty calls involving Sid the Kid.

    I used to abhor the dive, or simulation as it’s known in football, but this great article on Slate changed my mind on the matter. It’s a rather valid form of self-protection for the smaller, more skilled players in these sports. And who would you rather see on the ice or the pitch, the hulking untalented brutes, or the uberskilled superstars?

    Consider the classic matchup between a skilled dribbler and a big, tough defender. The attacker must use his quickness and wit to get by. The bigger man, though, can always resort to a “professional foul”—an intentional foul in which there is no attempt to play the ball. The defender will give away a free kick, but that will hurt only in certain parts of the field. So, what is the attacker to do? If he finds a flailing leg in his way, he can do nothing except barge right into it. And maybe writhe around on the ground for a bit, encouraging the referee to hand out a card, thus discouraging the brutish defender from trying such rough tactics in the future.

    Far from being a sign of corruption, diving is, in certain ways, a civilizing influence. Divers are usually quicker, smaller players. As athletes get bigger and stronger, the little guy gets nudged aside. If professional fouls and brute force reign supreme, creative play and joyful improvisation will suffer.

    There is nothing more depressing than a player who goes to the ground when he might have scored. Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry, arguably the world’s best players, will stay on their feet at all cost for the sake of a beautiful pass or a brilliant run at the goal. But the next time you see an artful dribbler derailed by a clumsy oaf, take a minute to think about whose side you’re on. Doesn’t the dribbler deserve a somersault or two to remind the world that the only way to stop him is through violent and graceless means?

     

     

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