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[6/6/2015] Tuffy Rhodes makes his debut with Toyama, goes 1-for-3

by on Jun.07, 2015 @ 3:35 am, under Independent
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Tuffy Rhodes played in his first game with the Toyama GRN Thunderbirds on June 6. It was a game against the San-gun Softbank Hawks at Takaoka Seibu Sogo Koen Stadium. Rhodes was the starting designated hitter and batted clean-up. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and a double (Ks, 2B9, BB, Ks). There were 1,936 fans on hand to watch Rhodes' debut game.

Source: Sponichi 6/6/2015

I found a couple Youtube clips that might be of some interest:


And for those wondering about Julio Franco, the Ishikawa Million Stars are currently in last place in the ADVANCE-West with a record of 7-18-1. As a player, Franco is 18-for-57 with four doubles, nine runs, fifteen RBI, ten strikeouts, and thirteen walks in eighteen games. (Through June 6)

Franco's Million Stars and Rhodes' Thunderbirds are in the same division. The two teams are next scheduled to play each other on June 12 at Takaoka.

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[5/25/2015] BC League: Tuffy Rhodes coming back to Japan

by on May.25, 2015 @ 3:46 pm, under Independent
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The BC League's Toyama GRN Thunderbirds announced today that they signed forty-six-year-old Tuffy Rhodes to player/coach contract. Rhodes' registered number will be Rhodes and he was assigned the uniform number 16. A press conference is scheduled for June 3. Additional details will be released at a later date.

Toyama posted the following comment from Rhodes (translation take from the official site):

I’m happy to be back with Japan with [Yuji] Yoshioka and the Toyama team. It’s been 6 long year. Nippon yukuzo!! Yosha!!

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[9/16/2013] Sponichi talks to Tuffy Rhodes

by on Sep.16, 2013 @ 9:18 pm, under NPB

Where are they now

Tuffy Rhodes currently lives with his father in the outskirts Houston, Texas.  He worked as a coach for his son's high school basketball team this spring.  He still talks to former teammate Norihiro Nakamura.

"I gained about fifteen kilograms since I retired," said Rhodes.  "I am not sure what I will do next, but my son is off to college and I would like to try coaching baseball.  I would also like to go back to Japan if I have the chance."

Source: Sponichi 9/16/2013

Sponichi has also posted portions of an interview with Rhodes:

Balentien set a new home run record.

I want to congratulate him.  A lot of things have to come together for a hitter to break the home run record.  I believe everything worked out well for Balentien for him to set a new record.

In 2001, pitchers avoided pitching to you because they wanted to protect [Sadaharu] Oh's record.  The commissioner had to issue a statement.

It was Daiei (September 30) and Lotte (September 29) that did not pitch to me.  But I did have opportunities.

Daiei's manager was Oh.

I have no bad feeling towards Oh.  In Japan, it is the catcher and battery coach that make decisions.  Actually, on that day, Oh gave me three autographed baseballs to commemorate the fifty-five home runs.  I treasure those balls to this day.

What did Oh mean to your career?

He spoke to me a few times.  I actually tried to bat with one leg at one time.  I saw a video that mentioned Oh using a sword to practice when he was young.  I tried to copy him and went to a store in Osaka Minami to buy a katana, but was told I could not without a license.

It was a big deal in the US when Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's record in 1961.

That did not have anything to do with race or nationality.  It was about not wanting to break the record the great Babe Ruth set.  With Oh's record, it was only Japanese people should be able to break the record.  But in 2010, Ichiro's single-season hit record was broken by a foreign player.  I think things are changing in Japan.

Source: Sponichi 9/16/2013

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Orix Buffaloes give up on Tuffy Rhodes

by on Jan.23, 2010 @ 10:14 pm, under NPB
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Looks like the Orix Buffaloes are giving up on Tuffy Rhodes.  General manager Yoshio Murayama told reporters that the team will not be re-submitting any new offers to Rhodes.  The club originally set a deadline for later this month, but now that they have signed So Taguchi, Rhodes no longer appears to have a place with the team.

I wonder if Rhodes still wants to play in Japan.  Based on how the media has handled this story, it seems like he no longer does.  But I'm guessing there's got to be more going on here than what the media is letting out.

Tuffy Rhodes’ career with the Buffaloes over?

by on Dec.30, 2009 @ 1:12 pm, under NPB
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According to Nikkan Sports, it seems Tuffy Rhodes' career with the Orix Buffaloes is pretty much over.  Seems the Buffaloes never received any replies from the Rhodes' camp regarding their latest offers.  And it doesn't seem like other clubs are interested in Rhodes either.

Rhodes initially left Japan saying that he wanted to continue playing for at least another year or two, but it now appears as though retirement might be his next step.

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Tuffy Rhodes to stay with the Buffaloes?

by on Dec.03, 2009 @ 4:47 pm, under NPB
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The Buffaloes continue to negotiate with Tuffy Rhodes and it now appears as though there might be some hope of him staying with the team.

Orix was originally looking to drop Rhodes' salary by as much as 100M yen but it now appears as though they are backing off that figure and are now talking about a 70M yen drop, which would put the Buffaloes' contract offer at 250M yen.

According to the report, it also seems as though the Seibu Lions are backing away from Rhodes now as well.  Whether or not that's because they now think Rhodes will stay with the Buffaloes or because they are no longer interested in him, is not mentioned.

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Tuffy Rhodes to become a free agent, Buffaloes still negotiating

by on Nov.29, 2009 @ 8:19 pm, under NPB
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Orix GM Murayama confirmed earlier today that Tuffy Rhodes was indeed left off their protected list, but did also say that they are still holding negotiations with the slugger.

"We've submitted an offer, so we're still in the middle of negotiations.  I don't know what will ultimately happen, but I think he'll return," said Murayama.

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Tuffy Rhodes heading towards becoming a coach?

by on Nov.01, 2009 @ 2:43 pm, under NPB
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The Orix Buffaloes are working on a contract extension with Tuffy Rhodes and from the sounds of things, it looks like the team is might try to groom Tuffy for a spot on the coaching staff.

Said club president Murayama, "He's one of the players on our roster that we'd like to make a coach at some point.  I'd like to discuss that with him."

The club may also try to use the "coach" concept as leverage for bringing Rhodes back at a lower cost.

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