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[9/14/2013] Yakult Swallows: Wladimir Balentien News and Notes

by on Sep.14, 2013 @ 10:49 pm, under NPB

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo has already contacted the Swallows about putting Balentien's bat, uniform, cleats, and helmet on display (equipment from the game in which he breaks the record).  The Swallows have agreed on the bat and home run ball.  The organization still needs to check with the slugger himself.

Source: Sanspo 9/14/2013

Radinck Jan Van Vollenhoven (ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) was at Friday's game.  He gave Balentien orange flowers for good luck.  The embassy is thinking about presenting the slugger with an award if he breaks the record.

Balentien gave the ambassador a uniform and bat.

Source: Sanspo 9/14/2013, Daily Sports 9/14/2013

E.A.T in Kita Aoyama is offering a Balentien Burger for 1,150 yen.

Source: Sanspo 9/14/2013

Sponichi posted the following table breaking down Balentien's home runs per team (through Friday).

Team G AB HR HR/AB
Hiroshima 18 63 14 4.5
Yokohama 16 45 9 5.0
Yomiuri 17 57 8 7.1
Chunichi 21 77 10 7.7
Hanshin 15 54 4 13.5
Inter-league 24 88 10 8.8

Source: Sponichi 9/14/2013

Balentien reached base in twenty-nine consecutive games between August 7 and September 12 and he hit seventeen home runs and walked twenty-nine times during that same time span.  He was then shut down on the 13th to the end his streak of reaching base in consecutive games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/14/2013