Matsuzaka and Fu-Te Ni will both playing in the
World Baseball Classic, however Matsuzaka is training in
Japan with the National Team while Ni is in Florida on just
his second trip to the United States. During Ni's debut, he
retired the opposition quickly and efficient on five pitches.
Red Sox monitoring Dice-K from afar
Ni strong in American debut for Tigers
"Pool A Preview."
Pool A of
the World Baseball Classic's finish is likely going to
be like a repeat of what happened back in 2006. Japan and
South Korea should advance while Taiwan and China struggle.
Japan paces Classic's Pool A pack
Spring Training have already started and the season is
upon us after the World Baseball Classic, the graphic on top had
changed with three new players representing Japan, South Korea,
and Taiwan. Gone are the old school look of Chien-Ming Wang,
Hideo Nomo, and Chan Ho Park, replaced them are Shin Soo Choo,
Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Hong-Chih Kuo, where all three had a
breakout season in 2008 and look to duplicate the success this year.
Old School layout had Wrigley Field, because of their long history,
now behind the three players are Oriole Park at Camden Yards,
the first MLB stadium I attended a game at (back on Labor Day 2004),
and home of my favorite player in the 1990s, Cal Ripken, Jr.
A new poll is
up, and the old poll from last October is archived below.
will win the 2008 World Series?||
"Choo Choo Collison."
Choo had collided with his teammate
Grady Sizemore during a popup drill and the result
is a bruised knee. Choo walked fine afterwards.
Choo bruises knee during drills
"In Session, Cont."
and Kenshin Kawakami both threw to hitters
for the first time since reporting to Spring Training.
Uehara gets first taste in BP session
Kawakami faces live hitters for first time
domestic league, CPBL's best pitcher Fu-Te Ni is
currently in Lakeland, Florida with the hopes of being the
first player to make it to the MLB from CPBL. Taiwan's best
pitcher, Chien-Ming Wang is back on the mound facing
hitter for the first time since injured his foot last June.
Ni looking to bridge many gaps
Wang back on mound facing hitters
Giambi gone and his own knee not as healthy it
once used to be, Hideki Matsui will be a full-time DH this year.
Matsui to be perched as Yanks' DH
Kawakami and Koji Uehara both got their feet wet by
thrown their first bullpen sessions, and of course, they were
both surrounded by large numbers of Japanese media members.
Back in Japan
in the city of Miyazaki, Team Japan led by Ichiro
and Daisuke Matsuzaka are looking forward of helping their
country to repeat as the World Baseball Classic Champions.
Kawakami creates buzz at Braves camp
Orioles get first glimpse at Uehara
Team Japan holds first workout
Matsui and Chien-Ming Wang's 2008 season were both
bothered by injuries that they suffered, as both reported to
Spring Training, all eyes are on them to see whether they can
bounce back from the previous season to their All-Star forms.
Matsui's health a key issue for Yanks
Yanks optimistic on Wang's health
Hiroki Kuroda could be the one starting on opening day
for Los Angeles Dodgers, who have confidence in him from
his outstanding performances during the 2008 playoffs.
Kuroda may get Opening Day call
Johjima and Kosuke Fukudome had a disappointed 2008,
both will not participate the Spring Training much because
of their World Baseball Classic commitments, but they will
be ready for 2009 coming in with great shape and conditions.
Also, Toronto Blue
Jays signed another Japanese southpaw
in Shigeki Noguchi to a Minor League contract. Noguchi was
an elite pitcher ten years ago, winning the Sawamura Award,
however he is way past his prime and more likely is going to
be pitching in AAA-Las Vegas or be cut once the season start.
Johjima hops Pacific to meet skipper
Fukudome shapes up in offseason
"No to Ichiro."
worked out as a pitcher recently for Team Japan as
they prepare for the World Baseball Classic next month,
after the news and photo of him pitching off the mound
broke out, Seattle Mariners said they will not allow under
any circumstances where Ichiro will actually do it.
Mariners: Ichiro won't be pitching
Saito is getting ready for the new season with his
new team, Boston Red Sox down in Fort Myers, Florida.
Saito mentioned that his age was a big factor of why he
did not go for surgery on his elbow and he is feeling great.
Saito feeling good, likes fit with Red Sox
"Takahashi's Chance, Cont."
Blue Jays said Ken Takahashi is coming in to
compete for a starting job, but the move is more a promotional
strategy of getting the organization some news in Japan.
Takahashi, Jays finalize deal
once again patrolling the right field grass for
Seattle Mariners, this time for new manager Ken Wakamatsu.
New faces join Ichiro in Seattle outfield
free agent pitcher Ken Takahashi is going to
turn 40 in two months, however Toronto Blue Jays
still gave him a chance to compete in the Major League
by signing him to a Minor League contract and he will be
a non-roster invitee to the Major League Spring Training.
along with Ken Kadokura, Katsuhiko Maekawa,
and Junichi Tazawa are not guaranteed to appear in the
MLB, therefore I will not have a profile page for each of
them until they actually debut in the Major League.
signing related news, Hyang-Nam Kim, who
pitched for Cleveland Indians' AAA-Buffalo in 2006 signed
with St. Louis Cardinals, he is also looking for one last shot
at playing in the Major League after getting snubbed in 2006.
Takahashi lands Minor League deal
"The Four Horsemen."
Cubs invested heavily in South Korea, getting the
country's top amateur pitcher, infielder, and outfielder where
there will be four players playing in their farm system in 2009.
Cubs mining Korean baseball riches
Johjima will head into Seattle Mariners Spring Training
as their starting catcher, but the job is not guaranteed.
is likely going to hit in the middle of the order
for Cleveland Indians after tearing up last season in the
batter's box after coming back from surgery and rehabs.
and Chih-Hsien Chiang are two of a couple
Boston Red Sox minor leaguers who could be playing in the
World Baseball Classic. Lin was 2008 Futures Game MVP.
Johjima anchors deep catching corps
Choo looks to build on breakout season
Red Sox ranging Far East for prospects
Johjima will be in Arizona before the pitcher/catcher
reporting date so he can meet Seattle Mariners' new coaching
staff since he will miss most of the Spring Training with his
catching duties for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.
is named one of dozen future stars to
watch that might be playing in the World Baseball Classic.
Johjima to report before Spring Training
Classic set to showcase future stars