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NPB Roundup 12/14: Morino – no interest in the MLB

by on Dec.14, 2008 @ 8:33 am, under NPB

Nikkan Sports: Ken Kadokura has received a offers from a number of teams. One is the SK Wyverns out of Korea. He says he has also received offers from teams in Japan and the US, but no mention on any specific teams.

Nikkan Sports: Masahiko Morino has on interest in the Majors. Morino will gain International FA rights next year and was recently asked if he had any plans of going overseas. He replied by saying, "I have no interest in the Majors. I enjoy living in Nagoya." Morino also said, "The Dragons have a strong team. I want to win here."

Nikkan Sports: I think Mike mentioned this in a comment, but there are reports suggesting that the Red Sox might be getting ready to prepare Kenshin Kawakami a 3-year deal worth $21M. I think he also mentioned that the Red Sox were denying that rumor. Sports Hochi is reporting that the Braves have also shown an interest in Kawakami, bringing up the number of interested teams to 5 (Mets, Angels, Orioles, Red Sox, and Braves).

Sports Hochi: The Hiroshima Carp are taking a look at Scott Dohmann. From the sounds of things, it appears as though the two sides might be close to reaching an agreement.

0 comments on “NPB Roundup 12/14: Morino – no interest in the MLB

  1. knucklehead7

    I ran across this article that might be of interest to NPB followers. The author discusses a pan-Asian league involving teams from Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea.

  2. Gwynar

    Interesting idea, but I’m not sure if it would fly. Mr. Broder touches upon the issue of racism but probably doesn’t realize just how deep some of it runs in between countries like Japan, China, and Korea. I think things have gotten better over the last decade or so, but there is still a lot of bitterness and anger lingering about. While I won’t say that racism would be the only reason why an Asia league would never pan out (at least right now), I think it could be a big reason why it wouldn’t work out.

    There’s also another interesting point to make here. Soccer is fairly big in Asia, and while I have no idea how things are going in countries out side of Japan, soccer is also facing financial difficulties. It would seem soccer would be a lot quicker to implement new ideas like this since it’s still a fairly new sport, yet as far as I know, there hasn’t been any talk of creating an Asia soccer league either.