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Rakuten Eagles: July 5, 2010

by on Jul.05, 2010 @ 4:24 pm, under NPB

...Masahiro Tanaka apparently hurt his right leg while running 50 meter dashes during pre-game practice yesterday.  It also seems his injury could keep him from participating in the All-Star game.

...The Eagles fell to 9 games under 500 for the first time this season.

...Sponichi blames Todd Linden, Andy Phillips, and to a lesser degree, Randy Ruiz, for the team's offensive woes.  Seems Sponichi is also seems to think their problems are making veteran players like Takeshi Yamasaki and Norihiro Nakamura press harder at the plate.

Nakamura - 76 G, .339 / .448 / .787

Yamasaki - 74 G, .289 / .425 / .714

Ruiz - 23 G, .300 / .378 / .678

Linden - 31 G, .308 / .290 / .598

Phillips - 26 G, .283 / .296 / .579

...The Eagles announced that they released an iPhone app chock full of Eagles' news and information (player profiles, event information, game updates, and plenty more).

4 comments on “Rakuten Eagles: July 5, 2010

  1. Eric Lord

    Yet another example of the Japanese press pinning all of a team’s issues on foreign players. We saw it earlier this year with Guiel and D’Antona with Yakult; now they seem to have found a new target. Admittedly, Linden and Phillips are having catastrophic years, but it’s hard to pin a team’s problems wholly on two guys when combined they’ve each only played in a third of the team’s games. Maybe a good look at everyday position players like Watanabe (69 GP, .344/.276/.620) or Yamasaki (74 GP, .146 BA with RISP) would be a bit more relevant, eh, Sponichi?

    1. Gen Post author

      I’m not sure if things are quite as black and white as you make them out to be.

      If you take a look at any sport, players that are brought in with high expectations are given a huge burden of responsibility, right or wrong. And most NPB teams tend to think of foreign players as instant “rocket fuel,” so to speak.

      I’m sure there’s also hidden resentment in the fact that foreign players have more mobility, tend to make more money, and aren’t required to partake in any extra practice.

      That said, I’m also not saying that I agree with the way the media (and teams) lay all problems on shoulder’s of the foreign players — that’s just wrong.

      BUT, my reasons for thinking that are just the same as if, say, for example, the NY media blamed all the problems the Yankees had on A-Rod (which is something they actually did at one time).

      In other words, one player can’t make or break a team; and the media really needs to look at larger sample sizes than just a handful of games.

      Incidentally, I’m not trying to tune out any possible race issues, since I’m sure there are problems in that area as well. It’s just that when you start getting into race, things can get a ton more complicated and I’d really rather not go into that here.

  2. Eric Lord

    Certainly a fair post, and I apologise if I got over a line a bit. I totally acknowledge that there are typically higher expectations attached to a foreign player on an NPB team. However, it’s no secret that the press tends to go after them pretty hard when they fail to produce – I remember a few months back when Craig Brazell struck out three times in a game, the headline in Daily Sports – the Tigers’ house paper, basically – was ブラ振るな!!!!! He was top five in the league in homers and had an average around .315 at that point. It’s just unsettling how the media here is EXTREMELY unforgiving, especially (as I see it) in the case of foreign players.

    1. Gen Post author

      I hear what you’re saying and I do agree that the Japanese press can go overboard. I guess I’m sort of used to it though, being a long-time Yankee fan.

      But just as the media blasts foreign players when they do poorly, they also go crazy when they do well too. I guess there’s no middle ground.

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