CHIBA LOTTE MARINES
...The robots are taking over! Well, ok, maybe not, but the Marines are internally discussing the possibility of approaching Honda about bringing an ASIMO robot to their team as a ball boy robot or stand-in in the batter's box during ceremonial first pitches.
"I was just sort of wondering if a robot could function as a ball boy or stand in the batters box during ceremonials first pitches," said Akira Ishikawa. "The age of robots is quickly approaching."
Geez... Is it really that slow today?
...If Tomoaki Kanemoto hits a home run at Niigata Hard Off Eco Stadium, he have hit a home run in 33 different ball parks, good for second most on the All-Time list (first on the Active All-Time list).
First on the All-Time list belongs to Kazuhiro Yamauchi (active between 1971-1999 and played for a number of teams including the Giants, Tigers, and Dragons) who hit homers in 39 different ball parks.
/snickers at the name of the stadium... But understand, Hard-Off comes from the name of a store in Japan that sells used "hardware," as in electronics.
...Randy Bass offered three bits of advice to Craig Brazell for success:
- Learn how to deal with breaking pitches. Just hit them the other way. And use all fields. The numbers will improve accordingly.
- Always remember the fans are important. When Bass played, fans would pack the stadium to see him play.
- And practice hard. Going the other way on pitches is tough and the only way to get better at it is to practice.
"He has 7 homers right now, right? I think he could hit 23 homers in the second half," said Bass. "30 is a definite possibility. And I think they can get themselves back up in the standings. Assuming he can hit 25-26 homers. I definitely think it's possible."
Wow, no pressure there.
...The Giants will be wearing their 1936 throwback unis for three games starting tonight when they play host to the Yokohama Bay Stars. They will also be handing out free YOMIURI GIANTS Game Day Programs to the first 10,000 fans that arrive at the ball park over the three game series. Interested parties will want to enter through gates 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 40, or 41.
...It appears as though Takeya Nakamura has already secured the cleanup spot in the Pacific League line-up for both games of this year's All-Star game.