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What, only 30 minutes? (A Yusei Kikuchi Update)

by on Oct.07, 2009 @ 8:15 am, under High School

Seems the NPB teams aren't really sure what to think of the 30 minute limit the Yusei Kikuchi camp is imposing on meetings.

Said Chunichi Dragons' chief scout Muneo Nakada, "I understand their situation, but 30 minutes is really short.  It'll probably take us that much time just to explain the benefits of playing in Japan."

Hiroshima chief scout Toshihiko Sonoda said, "30 minutes is tight.  That just long enough to tell him you're interested and that you'd like for him to consider your team if you pick him."

It'll be interesting to see how things work out with the 30 minute cap: will teams respect it?  Or will they try to stretch it out for as long as possible?  And what will the Kikuchi camp do when teams start going over-time?  Will they just cut them off?  Or will they go along and let the meetings go into over-time?

And if 30 minutes for NPB teams is short, what about for the MLB teams?  If you figure a lot of things will have to be translated, 30 minutes might actually end up being only about 15-20 minutes.  Unless of course the manager of Hanamaki Higashi knows English well enough to get by without a translator.  Or will the Kikuchi camp give MLB teams a little more time to make up for the difference?

2 comments on “What, only 30 minutes? (A Yusei Kikuchi Update)

  1. Deanna

    Well, don’t forget that plenty of the MLB teams have scouts and representatives that are fluent in Japanese… and they could certainly prepare beforehand to have everything translated too.

  2. Gen Post author

    I’m sure MLB teams will use whatever resources they can in order to make sure they’re as prepared as possible. That said, if NPB clubs are saying 30 minutes is too short, then there’s nothing that tells me it’s going to be any easier for MLB clubs.

    In terms of language, the NPB teams have the obvious advantage.

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