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Yuki Saito becomes Waseda’s 100th Captain

by on Nov.07, 2009 @ 3:27 am, under College

Waseda University announced that Yuki Saito will be their baseball team's newest captain.  Waseda also announced that Saito becomes their 100th captain in team history.

"I am extremely flattered and proud to become the captain for the storied Waseda University baseball team," said Saito.  "I will work hard to help bring this team together next year to avoid any embarrassing results and win."

Saito wore the number 1 this past season.  According to the Tokyo Big 6, captains wear the number 10.

4 comments on “Yuki Saito becomes Waseda’s 100th Captain

  1. Deanna

    That’s a pretty stupid choice IMO. I was really expecting Koji Udaka to be captain next year.

    Saitoh already has enough on his plate without this, which is why ace pitchers usually aren’t the team captains (in the last 4 years there have only been two pitchers who were team captains in Big 6 — Ken Miyamoto at Waseda in 2006 and Kosuke Aizawa at Keio last year… and Aizawa made sense because they didn’t really have any standout 4th-years). It feels like more buying into the Saitoh hype, and trying to make more headlines for themselves, than anything else.

    1. Gen Post author

      I had a feeling you’d be chiming in on this one. ;)

      While I’m not as familiar with the team as you, based on some things I’ve heard about Saito this past season, it would indeed seem as though he already has enough on his plate that he doesn’t really need this extra responsibility heaped onto his shoulders.

      Incidentally, I’ve been meaning to write an article on Saito after seeing an interesting interview a while back. Now that the season is more or less over, maybe I can finally find the time to write that article.

  2. Deanna

    Did you actually SEE him this semester? By the end of it, especially after getting shelled at Soukeisen, I swear he looked like he just wanted to hide from the world and change his face. I’ve mentioned it a few times, but Waseda actually has specific things about how the team travels and practices that are only because of him.

    And I bet they’ll be counting on him to start at the JUBF-U26 game (which I am going to, btw, are you?)

    I feel pretty bad for him. I mean, I like Saitoh, I just can’t be a fan of his because the rest of his fans drive me nuts for the most part.

    1. Gen Post author

      I never got to see him pitch during this year’s Fall league, but just by looking at this numbers, he obviously didn’t have a very good Fall campaign.

      If I’m not mistaken, this may have been Saito’s worst campaign of his college career.

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