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2/26/2012: Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish

by on Feb.26, 2012 @ 8:25 pm, under MLB
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Nikkan Sports round up for practices on Saturday:

  • Norichika Aoki's workouts included batting practice and fielding practice.
  • Yu Darvish threw twenty pitches in the bullpen and twenty-two pitches during batting practice against minor league players.
  • Hiroki Kuroda threw forty-nine pitches in the bullpen.
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka's day including bunt practices.

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Hideki Matsui started workouts in New York on Thursday.  On Friday, he took 262 swings during batting practice using a one kilogram training bat.

His schedule on Friday: hit the gym in the morning, batting practice from around 10:30am, break for lunch at noon, and back the the gym after lunch.

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Baseball analysts Isao Harimoto and Katsumi Hirosawa made a couple of comments on Ichiro Suzuki's new batting stance during TBS' Sunday Morning TV program.

Harimoto: Having to change your stance at that age can overwhelming and difficult.  But he probably felt he had to now that he is batting third and needs to show a little more power.

Hirosawa: That stance is steady but will not generate bat speed.  It can help with contact, but I wonder which is really better...

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Hiroki Kuroda threw forty-nine pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  It was his third bullpen session.  He is scheduled to toss batting practice on February 27.

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Hisanori Takahashi threw fifty-two pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  Partway through the session, he pitched with the assumption that he was facing a left-handed batter.  This was his third bullpen session.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka started his day on Saturday with bunt practices.  During live batting practice, he saw ten pitches and swung the bat once.  And during fielding practice, he worked on his approach to second base.

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Yu Darvish threw twenty pitches in the bullpen before his batting practice outing.  He threw twenty-two pitches against minor league hitters during batting practice and just one baseball made it to the outfield on a fly.  The hitters apparently said Darvish' pitches had "crazy action" on them.

On Friday, Darvish managed to bunt six of eight pitches between first and second.

Minivish (Darvish look-a-like) visited the Texas Rangers facilities on Friday.

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Hisashi Iwakuma threw fifty pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  Iwakuma is scheduled to pitch in an intra-squad game on February 28.

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Tsuyoshi Wada's workouts on Saturday lasted about two hours and included fielding practice and various training exercises.  He also did some running afterwards.  Wada is scheduled to toss batting practice on February 26.

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Norichika Aoki's nickname is apparently "ninja."  After taking thirty-three swings during batting practice on Saturday, Aoki was seen moving into the next group for more work.

Aoki also told reporters that he is intent on playing center and that he will be using a Japanese Ash bat this season (he was using a maple bat the last two years).

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Nikkan Sports mentions that former Yakult Swallow, Aaron Guiel, will be a player/coach in the Kansas City Royals' minor league system.

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Yakult Swallows: Aaron Guiel announces this will be his last year

by on Sep.21, 2011 @ 5:42 pm, under NPB
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Aaron Guiel told reporters today that he'll be retiring at the end of the season.  Guiel struggled with back problems last year and only managed to play in 11 Ichi-gun games this year.

"I haven't been able to swing the bat well.  I think now might be the time to call it an end," said Guiel.

Guiel is also planning to leave Japan soon.

UPDATE @ 11:34pm - A slightly longer quote from Sanspo:

"The younger players are doing a good job and when I thought about my current situation, I thought now might be the time to move on.  I have a lot of good memories from my 5 years here.  I'd like to give back by coaching at some point in the future."

UPDATE 9/25 @ 9:00pm - Guiel returned to Canada out of Narita Airport today.

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Sports Hochi: This will probably be Aaron Guiel’s last season with Yakult

by on May.31, 2011 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB
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Sports Hochi is reporting that this may end up being Aaron Guiel's last season with the Yakult Swallows due to two reasons: age and salary.  And while he was added to the active roster on the 23rd, it seems he'll be sent back down at soon as Tony Barnette is ready.

Guiel is in the last year of a 2-year contract worth a total 200M yen plus incentives.

Career Stats (through to May 30)

Yr Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB HBP SO DP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 YAK 142 611 497 78 122 18 0 35 245 79 2 1 0 3 88 23 147 3 .245 .381 .493 .876
2008 YAK 79 265 225 27 45 11 0 11 89 35 2 1 0 4 25 11 56 6 .200 .306 .396 .706
2009 YAK 128 482 409 62 109 26 1 27 218 80 2 1 0 5 53 15 101 6 .267 .367 .533 .904
2010 YAK 81 309 251 33 50 7 0 16 105 41 0 3 0 0 42 16 70 3 .199 .350 .418 .768
2011 YAK 4 11 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 .000 .182 .000 .182
Totals 434 1678 1391 200 326 62 1 89 657 235 6 6 0 12 209 66 376 19 .234 .358 .472 .833
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Aaron Guiel to be demoted, Jamie D’Antona to be promoted

by on Aug.02, 2010 @ 3:53 am, under NPB
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The Swallows decided to take Aaron Guiel off the active roster after Sunday's game.  Guiel has not be able to get out of a hitting funk (he has just 6 hits in his last 36 at bats) and it seems his error in the 8th inning of Sunday's game may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

Jamie D'Antona will be called up to take his sport on the roster.

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A statistical look at Guiel and D’Antona (and Aoki), Take Two

by on Jun.04, 2010 @ 3:29 am, under NPB
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Ok, I went back and crunched the numbers to include OPS (as well as a few other numbers).

Through 51 games:

Player Year AB R H HR RBI SO BB AVG OBP SLG OPS AB/K AB/BB
D'Antona 2009 164 15 38 8 23 45 9 .232 .273 .433 .706 3.6 18.2
2010 169 17 37 8 30 65 16 .219 .284 .408 .692 2.6 10.6
Guiel 2009 153 20 42 8 33 33 13 .275 .349 .529 .878 4.6 11.8
2010 159 23 34 13 26 42 25 .214 .369 .478 .847 3.8 6.4
Aoki 2009 186 28 48 5 23 28 24 .258 .364 .414 .778 6.2 7.8
2010 200 22 59 5 19 33 22 .295 .377 .415 .792 6.1 9.1

And the combined stats of the three players:

Player Year AB R H HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS AB/K AB/BB
D+G+A 2009 503 63 128 21 79 46 108 .254 .331 .455 .786 4.7 10.9
2010 528 62 130 26 75 63 140 .246 .346 .432 .778 3.8 8.4

Here's the offense without the three players:

Year AB R H HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS AB/K AB/BB
2009 1140 124 297 16 102 85 203 .259 .315 .355 .670 5.6 13.4
2010 1160 102 270 12 83 76 230 .246 .290 .319 .609 5.0 15.3
Diff +20 -22 -27 -4 -19 -11 +27

I thought it might also be interesting to throw in the following:

Err R ER Diff
2009 18 169 162 7
2010 26 219 190 29
Diff +8 +50 +28 +22

So all of this once again points to the offense and pitching as being the main problem for the Swallows and not the trio of Jamie D'Antona, Aaron Guiel, and Norichika Aoki.

I did also did want to point something out with regards to D'Antona's numbers.  The jump in D'Antona's walk rate is a positive sign and actually falls in line with his career minor league numbers (about 11.1).  On the flip side, his strikeout rate is a big alarming.  His minor league career strikeout rate is 5.6, meaning he's striking out twice as much now than he used to.  A quick look at his AB/HR reveals that back in the States, he was hitting homers at a clip of about one every 25.5 at bats.  That's not a huge difference between the 20.5 he posted last year and the 21.1 he has posted so far this year, but it begs the question: has D'Antona modified his swing in order to hit more homers?

I don't think it'd be a stretch if he did, after all, the Swallows did bring him on board to provide the offense with some pop.  Unfortunately, that may have done more harm than good for D'Antona.

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A statistical look at Guiel and D’Antona (and Aoki)

A statistical look at Guiel and D’Antona (and Aoki)

by on May.25, 2010 @ 6:51 pm, under NPB
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At the 45 game mark, the Swallows last year were 26-19-0, a far cry from where they are this year.  The media and the team appear to believe that Aaron Guiel and Jamie D'Antona are, at the very least, partially to blame for the Swallows' problems this year.

Let's take a look at some numbers:

Player Year AB R H HR RBI AVG
D'Antona 2009 155 15 38 8 23 .245
2010 151 16 34 8 29 .225
Guiel 2009 133 18 38 7 28 .286
2010 139 18 28 12 23 .201
Aoki 2009 167 22 40 4 21 .240
2010 175 21 54 5 18 .309

These are the cumulative stats for D'Antona, Guiel, and Aoki through 45 games.  Let's organize those numbers a little differently.

Player Year AB R H HR RBI AVG
D+G+A 2009 455 55 116 19 72 .255
2010 465 55 116 25 70 .249

These are the totals for D'Antona, Guiel, and Aoki through 45 games, combined.

Strange.  So the team is doing a lot worse this year, than last year, despite the fact that they're getting about the same amount of production from these three players.

So then what's the problem?  Here are the numbers for the rest of the offense, minus D'Antona, Guiel, and Aoki.

Team Year AB R H HR RBI AVG
Total 2009 1002 111 285 13 88 .264
2010 1022 87 234 12 66 .229

The offense, minus D'Antona, Guiel, and Aoki, has scored 24 fewer runs through 45 games.  That explains about 2 wins.

Which means the problem isn't as much offense, as it is the pitching.

Team Year RS RA
Total 2009 166 147
2010 142 197

The pitching staff has allowed 50 more runs this year, than it did last year.  How does that translate in wins and losses?  Here are the pythagorean projections:

Actual Expected
W L T WPCT W L T WPCT W Diff
2009 26 19 0 578 25 20 0 555 1
2010 13 31 1 295 16 28 1 355 3

What does this show us?  For one, is shows us that the Swallows could have 3 more wins.  Throw in the 2 wins based on the offenses without D'Antona, Guiel, and Aoki, and the 5 or so wins based on the 50 run differential in RA, and you have about 10 wins.  And that just about works out to the differences between this year and last.

Here's the breakdown of the "fault" based on the numbers above:

The offense, minus D'Antona, Guiel, and Aoki, is about 20%.

Luck is at about 30%.

And the rest is all pitching.

Which actually makes sense, since starting pitching has been a fairly big problem for the Swallows this season.

So what the Swallows need right now, more than a bat, is actually better starting pitching.  And that's something that will probably get better over time, without even making any moves, for the following reasons:

Masanori Ishikawa will start winning again.

Having Shohei Tateyama back in the rotation should provide some stability.

Plus you have Yoshinori Sato making adjustments at Ni-gun.  He could turn out to be a big boost for the rotation later on during the year.