"Sign & Post."
Cleveland Indians signed
Hyang-Nam Choi out of the KBO after giving
the him a tryout in Florida last month. He went 2 - 5 with ERA of
the Kia Tigers last season. Choi will likely pitch for AAA Buffalo
in 2006, I don't see him as a serious Major Leaguer, hope he can
people wrong though. Seibu Lions posted reliever
Shinji Mori to make him
available for all the MLB teams. One of the best set up man in NPB,
finished 2005 with record of 2 - 2, with 5 saves and ERA of 4.22.
get one or two club's interest for bullpen help, and if he pitches
Spring Training, I expect him to make the opening day roster for
With the recent signing of
Kenji Jojima, baseball fans have to wonder, is there
anymore good talents that is left in the land of rising sun? Who
the next big name to compete in the Major League, etc. Well, here
are the four
players, surprisingly all pitchers, that should be in the Major
League later on.
My MLB Comparison of them are (Japanese MLer, Non-Japanese MLer).
Born: 6/13/79, Ht: 6'1", Wt: 192
Igawa is one of Japan's most talented young starting pitcher right
His best season is 2003, where he compiled a record of 20 - 5 with
2.80 for the Hanshin Tigers. In 2005, he had record of 13 - 9,
ERA of 3.86.
MLB Comparison: Kaz Ishii, Bruce Chen
Born: 9/14/77, Ht: 5'11", Wt:
175 lbs. RHP
Ishii, formerly a setup man, became
the closer for Yakult Swallows in
2005, and it was a good move since he had his best season this past
year. In 2005, his record is 4 - 3 with 37 saves, and ERA of 1.95.
MLB Comparison: Shigetoshi Hasegawa, Jesse
Born: 9/13/80, Ht: 6'0", Wt: 185
Arguably the best out of the four
players here, Matsuzaka is on almost
every Major League club's mind. The only reason he's not playing in
Major League is because his team, the Seibu Lions refuse to post
He has won 16 games twice (1999, 2003), and this past season he did
not get much run support, where his record is 14 - 13, ERA of just
MLB Comparison: Hideo Nomo, Roy Oswalt
Born: 4/3/75, Ht: 6'2", Wt: 190
One of the best pitcher in Japan since
his first year, Uehara should be
the next player from Japan to get a Major League contract along with
Matsuzaka. As a rookie in 1999, he had a record of 20 - 4 with ERA
In 2005, his record is 13 - 5, and ERA of 2.60. He struck out Barry
3 times in a game in the 2002 US-Japan All-Star series held in
MLB Comparison: Tomo Ohka, Kris Benson
Only time can tell when they will come, and how good they will
Also, Yusaku Iriki, starting pitcher of the Nippon Ham Fighters was
by his team last week. I doubt he will draw much interest since his
in the NPB is only mediocre. But who knows, maybe someone is
for pitching will give him a contract. In 2005, Iriki is 6 - 7 with
ERA of 3.35.
"Catching Onto Gold."
Kenji Jojima is officially
a Seattle Mariners. The 7 times Gold Gloves
winner in Japan and the Mariners have agreed to a 3 year deal worth
16.5 million. It has also reported that Yorvit Torrealba will be
soon as the Mariners organization feels that at age 27, Torrealba
chance to start elsewhere. Plan is to have Rene Rivera as the
Mariners catch a rising star in Jojima
Hideki Matsui and the New York
Yankees inked to a 4 year 52 million dollar
deal that will keep Godzilla in the pinstripes until 2009. Matsui
will earn 13 million per season, making him the highest-paid
Japanese player in the Majors.
Yanks, Matsui reach an agreement
Bobby Valentine's Chiba Lotte
Marines, which are known as "Bobby's Children"
are now the best baseball team of Asia, as the Japan Series champion
Marines downed South Korea's Samsung Lions 5 - 3 to win the
inaugural Konami Cup baseball tournament held in Tokyo. Taiwan
finished 3rd while China finished 4th.
"What is the Catch?"
Having struck gold with
outfielders, infielders and pitchers of all shapes and varieties,
Major League Baseball is looking to Japan for a new brand of import.
A catcher with credentials that make him the Johnny Bench of his
His name is Kenji Jojima, who has the tools and the profile to
become the first Japanese catcher to flourish across the Pacific.
Seattle Mariners, New York Mets, and the San Diego Padres are very
interested in his service for 2006.
Big-time Japanese catcher may be near
Rafael Palmeiro spoke to the
media publicly for the first time
yesterday since being tested positive of using steroids. Just
one questions...why did it take you this long Raffy? You gotta
be the most hated player in pro baseball since John Rocker.
FoD V. 3"
The 3rd version of Frank's
Field of Dreams has finally arrived. If this is your
first time here, please check Frank's FoD V. 1 & V. 2 to see what
the site used
to look like. V. 3 features a new template for the site for easier
every file is still being kept from V. 2 as I took some time to
update each page
of the site. Enjoy your stay here, and E-Mail
me if you've any questions.
No surprise as Ichiro won his
5th straight Gold Glove. To me, Ichiro's defense
ability are as valuable as his bat. One play he made this past
season, where he
brought back a potential homer from Angels' slugger Garrett Anderson
of many great play he made this past year. To refresh your memory in
forgot or don't know what I'm talking about. Check out the sweet
Ichiro, first looked
at the ball being hit off the bat, estimated the
speed of the ball and when it would reach the outfield, and he
back at the wall, made a great jump to the spot where he predicted
the ball would eventually land and uses his right hand to hold
himself up in a play where only probably he could have done.