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Samurai Japan News and Notes: March 19, 2013 @ 4:46pm

by on Mar.19, 2013 @ 4:49 pm, under WBC

Atsunori Inaba (40) told reporters after Monday's loss that this was his last international tournament.

Shinnosuke Abe (33) also hinted that this was probably his last tournament.

Hirokazu Ibata (37) would like another shot at representing Japan.

Source: Sanspo 3/18/2013, Sanspo 3/18/2013, Sports Hochi 3/18/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka threw forty pitches in the bullpen before Monday's game against Puerto Rico.

Source: Sanspo 3/19/2013

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Nikkan Sports notes that eight pitchers got up a total twenty times to warm-up during Monday's loss and that it may have been an indication of an uncertainty in pitching roles.  They also mention that pitchers were not brought in to relieve, so much as they were brought in because the previous pitcher was getting hit.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

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Hirokazu Ibata and Seiichi Uchikawa were not told when to run in the 8th inning, the decision was left up to the two runners.  Sanspo and Nikkan Sports both feel that may have been the problem -- without the clear sign to run, Ibata decided to hold up and Uchikawa decided to go.  It also placed a large amount pressure and responsibility on the runners.

Source: Sanspo 3/19/2013, Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

Daily Sports wonders why the runners were even given the green light with Abe batting and Yadier Molina behind the plate.  They also wonder if Koji Yamamoto should be asked to return, after losing a game the team could have won.

Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2013

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Uchikawa after Monday's loss:

That is a play that should never have happened.  I have no excuses.  I jumped out, it was my fault.  My one mistake ended everything.  I am very sorry.

Many people said they wanted us to win our third in a row...  Not just this tournament, but others from the previous tournament were also here.  For those people as well, I feel like I ended it all...  I am very sorry.

Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2013

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Sponichi notes that this year's team, without Ichiro Suzuki, did not have the same kind of fire and intensity the 2006 and 2009 teams had.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2013

Sponichi wonders if Kenta Maeda got a little tripped up after home plate umpire asked him to remove the bracelet on his left wrist in the 1st inning.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2013

Sponichi analyst Hiromi Makihara mentions that he had a bad feeling about the offense when he noticed players taking bigger cuts during their practice games in Arizona.  He also notes that the hitters may have been a little overwhelmed by how quickly the pitchers for Puerto Rico worked on Monday.

Source: Sponichi 3/19/2013

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Even though Japan did not make the Finals, TV Asahi is still planning to broadcast the game.  However, it will not be live -- it will be tape delayed at 12:30am on the 21st.

Source: Sanspo 3/19/2013

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A moment of silence was held before Monday's game for Cuba's Yadier Pedroso.  The twenty-six-year-old pitcher died in a car accident in Cuba on Saturday.  He was pitched in two WBC games this year.

Source: Sanspo 3/19/2013

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The new standard baseball was introduced by the NPB in 2011.  One of the goals was to make it easier for players to adjust to the baseballs used during international tournaments.  Daily Sports wonders how the new standard baseball helped players at the 2013 WBC, when many still had problems making adjustments.

Source: Daily Sports 3/19/2013

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Tickets to the Championship Round dropped significantly after the US was eliminated in the 2nd Round.  The cheapest seats in the outfield were priced at US$8.00 for the PUR-JPN game and as low as US$5.00 for the NED-DOM game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/19/2013

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Games from March 19

  • Wladimir Balentien (YAK/NED) vs DOM: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO, 2 LOB
  • Andruw Jones (RAK/NED) vs DOM: 1-for-4, 1 SO, 2 LOB

Final Netherlands Stats for Players that Play in Japan

Hitters

Player JPN Tm Pos G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS
Andruw Jones RAK RF 7 23 3 8 1 0 0 2 9 5 5 0 0 .467 .391 .348 .858
Wladimir Balentien YAK OF 6 19 1 6 2 0 0 4 8 2 4 0 0 .381 .421 .316 .802
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