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    Posts Tagged ‘toronto’

    Leon Boyd, the Dutch-Canuck Blue Jay

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 29日 Sunday

    A couple of interesting posts from the Canadutch blog of Leon Boyd, the Dutch-Canadian pitcher who was the closer for the both Dutch wins over the Dominican Republic in the 2009 WBC. One about the daily routine in the Toronto Blue Jays camp in Dunedin, Florida, and another with a collection of links and photos to interesting articles about his Dutch exploits.

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    WBC Pitch f/x

    Posted by japanstats on 2009 March 21日 Saturday

    Some interesting WBC Pitch f/x articles for Japanese, Korean, and Cuban pitchers for their games pitched in MLB parks, these are normally data that are not seen or available, either in these pitchers home countries or in the US. The websites BeyondTheBoxscore and FanGraphs are doing a great job gathering and breaking down the data, so I’m just gonna link to them here (also for posterity since these articles are already getting buried under the usual barrage of MLB articles). All articles are interesting.

    Yu Darvish (Japan) – FanGraphs, BeyondTheBoxscore (satisfying all observers with his stuff)

    Hisashi Iwakuma (Japan) – FanGraphs (getting rave reviews for his pitch selection)

    Ryu Hyun-Jin (Korea) – FanGraphs

    Yoon Suk-Min (Korea) – BeyondTheBoxscore

    Felix (Venezuela), LaMura and Cody Cirillo (Italy, the latter with his 67mph “changeup”) – BeyondTheBoxscore 

    Cuban pitchers who pitched in their first game against Japan (from wild Chapman to Maya to Vladimir Garcia) – BeyondTheBoxscore

    Wily Cuban veterans Vera and Lazo (and his 57mph somthing) in their elimination game against Japan – BeyondTheBoxscore

    HardballTimes also has analyzed Pitch f/x data from Round 1 and Round 2 featuring pitchers in the Toronto Round (Yoel Hernandez, DiFelice, Mestri, Cillo), and the 2nd Round in Florida (Leon Boyd, who pitched himself into the Toronto Blue Jays organization, congrats!) and San Diego (Chapman, Vladimir Garcia, Oliver Perez).

    Added: Hisashi Iwakuma and Kyuji Fujikawa (Japan), and Bong Jung-Keun and Ryu Hyun-Jin (Korea) – Hardball Times

    WBC pitch speeds, they were generally slower than during the regular season showing that pitchers are not ready in March, not a big surprise. The pitcher with the most decline in velocity was Matsuzaka, which is kinda surprising considering he was training from January – BeyondTheBoxscore

    The Dutch-Canadian pitcher and recent Toronto Blue Jays signee Leon Boyd – one, two

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    Happy Canada Day!

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 July 2日 Wednesday

    モントリオール・エクスポズが無くなってしまった今、唯一のカナダ在籍のメジャーのチームであるトロント・ブルージェイズ。

    7月1日はカナダ・デー(建国記念日)で、アメリカの独立記念日みたいに国を挙げたお祭りなのであり、当然ジェイズのカナダデーの試合も観客の入りが多くお祭り騒ぎになるし、ジェイズもカナダデー仕様のユニフォームを着て盛り上げている。

    でも、ここ2年、何故かブルージェイズはカナダ・デーをアウェイで過ごしている、このスケジュールは球団がMLB になめられているという事なのか?

    今年のカナダデーはシアトルでの試合、ちょっとだけカナダデータッチになっているのが、帽子のブルージェイが赤くなっているとこ。なんでブルージェイなのに赤なんだ、これじゃカージナルじゃないか、と初め思ってしまった程控えめなアピール…

    まあ、過去例がこんな感じ↓だからユニフォーム的にはアウェイで正解なのかもしれないw

    Posted in 01_日本語, baseball, culture, information, MLB | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    Leafs absurdity

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 15日 Tuesday

    … and on the other end of the hockey economic spectrum we have the, it’s been over 40 years since their last Cup, Toronto Maple Leafs.

    I echo the second comment on this mirtle blog entry, as if the gigantic hockey economy of GTA cannot support another NHL franchise because the area is populated only with Leaf fans, willing to literally pay through the nose for some atrocious hockey, and no one else. MLSE is doing a mighty fine job retaining their monopoly on their ginormous hockey market.

    But when I tried to explain to the locals just how unaffordable tickets in Toronto were, I couldn’t quite do it justice. You can say “$400 a seat” all you want, but that doesn’t take into account the licence fees and everything else that corporate tickets holders pony up at the Air Canada Centre.

    Which is why it’s a good thing Rick Westhead gives us a glimpse at just what people are paying for Maple Leafs tickets (as part of a story on shady ticket-selling deals going down at the parent company):

    “He (the MLSE sales employee) wanted to meet at the Fifth Wheel Truck Stop on the 401 in Milton,” Tanguay said. “I met him, gave him the envelope with the cash, and a cheque for $65,000 and had him sign the invoice indicating the cash was part of the deal, too.”

    Besides $40,000 to cover the cost of the personal-seat licence, which gave him the right to buy tickets from MLSE, Tanguay agreed to pay $25,000 for the Leafs and Raptors tickets themselves.
    Now, what our friend here is buying is two season’s tickets to the Leafs and Raptors in the lower bowl.

    In addition to $40,000 up front for the licence, another $25,000 per season pays for a grand total of two tickets to 82 games (41 for each team), which works out to about $160 a seat. It’s safe to assume the Leafs tickets would be worth considerably more than the Raptors, likely in the range of $230+ apiece.

    And our buyer was desperately waiting on a list somewhere to shell that money out (not to mention the part about meeting at a truck stop with $5,000 cash).

    These are not the best seats in the house by any means: The red section is behind one net, from the halfway point of the lower bowl on up.

     

    Ah well, at least the Leafs are featured in one promising silly thing. Mike Myers + Jessica Alba + Justin Timberlake + Toronto Maple Leafs = ?

    Well, Love Guru may or may not be funny, but this sure is:

    Posted in 02_English, culture, hockey, information, NHL, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    NHL の新CM

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 5日 Saturday

    珍しくNHL からセンスの良いCM が出てきました。新旧のヒーローの映像、そして子供の屋内外ホッケーの映像の混ぜ具合が憎いぐらい上手いぞ。そろそろプレーオフです。オタワはやっと開幕ダッシュ以降の長い長~い眠りから、昨日トロントに8-2で大勝して、 やっと目覚めたかっ?!じゃないと第1ラウンドでいきなりスイープとかされちゃいそう…

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